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2017-11-13 12:14
Yesterday, I was diagnosed with a long-term illness. It's not life-threatening, but it is a chronic condition. This reminder of my own likely mortality has understandably put me into a rathe… Read More
2017-10-13 19:14
My value system strongly prefers a lack of suffering. To that end, I try to practice nonviolence. But it wasn't always this way. Here are a few examples from when I was a child:When I was yo… Read More
2017-10-06 19:02
I keep finding myself using disgust as a reason to deny moral value. Intellectually, I realize this is a mistake. I'm consequentialist (at least I think I want to be, maybe), and when I… Read More
In Memory Of Jorge Herboso
2017-05-23 21:22
Jorge Herboso My uncle died a few weeks ago. He had not been doing well. A bug bite from several months previous had given him significant problems, but he had avoided going to the doctor fo… Read More
Pinpricks Of Light To Start My Day
2017-05-15 15:33
I use this as my visual alarm clock.7:00 a.m. Katherine leaves the house to start her day at school. The sound of the front door closing is my cue to get up. 7:45 a.m. My eyes are finally ab… Read More
2017-05-08 13:38
I've often found myself falling into new habits by accident. In 2002, I was working at a call center hawking credit cards. I would regularly outperform most of my peers using a strategy that… Read More
Speaking At The APA Conference
2017-05-01 11:17
Recently I attended the American Philosophical Association's Pacific Division Meeting in Seattle, Washington, where I gave a talk on effective animal advocacy. It was my first academic phi… Read More
2017-03-21 20:09
I would like to talk about regret—and when it makes sense to return. You are sitting, eating from a box of cookies. Through a moment of carelessness, you drop a cookie. It lands on the… Read More
Of Laziness And Dentistry
2017-02-12 22:54
I am 35 years old. This is very young, given how long I expect to live, but it is still a rather long time to go on this planet without seeing a dentist. Now, I can't say for sure that I nev… Read More
On Live Music
2016-11-06 23:31
Photo from Krysti Marie, a fellow concert-goer. Yesterday, I went to Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, a touring concert that celebrates 30 years of music from the Legend of Zelda franc… Read More

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