When physicists and philosophers collide

The Montagues and Capulets. The foxes and the hedgehogs. The peanut butter and jelly.Physics and philosophy have always been at odds with one another. But, when they collide, it's like a thought experiment of particles tied to railroad tracks with the string theory leading the train.Still, one might say physics and philosophy form a möbius … Continue reading When physicists and philosophers collide

Can’t stop the gods from genetic engineering

The future is now. Genetic engineering, or modification of our biological genomes, has made tremendous strides over the past few years. This power would allow us to potentially find cures for otherwise untreatable diseases. But, as with many places of the intersection between science and humanity, we find ourselves in a tangle of ethical conundrums. … Continue reading Can’t stop the gods from genetic engineering

Our fragile minds under surveillance

Maybe Hippocrates would have envisioned greater security for his patients' health information.When it comes to issues in mental health, the day-to-day problems of the mentally ill seem like they might be more than enough for anyone to handle. Mental illness is stigmatized, increasingly rising, difficult to detect and cure, culture plays a role in it, … Continue reading Our fragile minds under surveillance

The monsters we fight (and the ones we save) in our simulated horrors

When we talk about our moral behavior and epistemic access to knowledge, video games would be the last place anyone would expect to serious discussion. Existentialism, ethics, and bad puns come together.While most games barely go beyond traditional tropes of scoring points, solving puzzles, and defeating bad guys, there are a few that really do … Continue reading The monsters we fight (and the ones we save) in our simulated horrors

Why learning about ethics doesn’t make you more ethical

Philosophers "are always on the outside making stupid remarks." - Richard FeynmanAt the heart of everything we do, we hope there's a message. We hope there's a meaning behind what we learn and the work we create. When we learn and contribute to society, we always hope that what we do not only makes the lives … Continue reading Why learning about ethics doesn’t make you more ethical

Taking risks for a brighter tomorrow

Chillin' with Vinton #FatherOfTheInternetWhen I attended the Emerging Researchers National Conference in DC last February, Vinton Cerf, one of the "fathers" of the internet, gave an incredibly inspirational speech about his journey through life. He humorously opened up with, "Well, I'm not sure what you all would love to hear from an old fart like … Continue reading Taking risks for a brighter tomorrow

Never Let Schooling Interfere with Education

"The Education of Jupiter" Jacob JordaensAs students, many of us struggle to realize the true gifts of a college education. We might learn and education ourselves for other purposes such as preparing for future careers, earning good grades, developing professional "skills", and other reasons, but none of them come close to what really matters when … Continue reading Never Let Schooling Interfere with Education