They tell me philosophy is dead — but they don’t understand it was never alive.

Philosophy is what you study if you want to be unpopular.

This shouldn’t be a surprise. Socrates, perhaps the first great public philosopher, annoyed the great and good of ancient Athens to such a degree, they had him executed. It turns out that people rarely appreciate it when you break…


Evolutionary biology, data science, and why evil is a bigger problem than many like to admit

In January 2019, a family in southern Spain was subject to a nightmare scenario. During a family walk near Malaga, two-year-old Julen Rosseló fell 71 meters down a 25cm-wide borehole. He didn’t survive, and it took thirteen days for rescuers to recover his body. …


Professor Markus Gabriel thinks there is more to the world than meets the eye.

I remember sitting in my grandfather’s car a few years ago in a gray car park. I was in the second year of my undergraduate philosophy degree, and we were discussing careers. As an engineer and a thoroughly practical man, he wasn’t convinced of the merits of my degree choice.


The world would be a far better place if more people applied this simple test to extraordinary beliefs.

Carl Sagan stands beside a lunar lander craft in an orange jacket and beige slacks.

What do you say to people whose beliefs fly the face of overwhelming evidence? Last week, Washington D.C erupted into violence as mobs of violent Trump supporters stormed the seat of the American government.

Ostensibly they did this because they believe the 2020 Presidential election was stolen.

On January 2nd…


It’s time to get real honest

The great lockdown of 2020/21 has forced me to acknowledge some things about myself that I hadn’t really noticed before.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t some great confessional piece where I bare my soul and acknowledge terrible wrongdoing. Or maybe it will be. You be the judge.

Either way…


OPEN LETTERS

Don’t worry, everyone’s gonna hate this…

Dear America,

The debate around gun violence has been raging in the US for as long as I can remember and it seems like there’s more chance of Ben Shapiro winning RuPaul’s Drag Race than liberals and conservatives reaching an effective solution.

I want to change that. I’m offering a…


Understanding Forstater v CGD Europe.

Holding gender-critical views — for instance, that biological sex is immutable and unable to change — has just been protected by a UK court as a ‘philosophical belief’ under the Equalities Act 2010.

For supporters of transgender rights, the case of Forstater v CGD Europe is a dangerous, absurd decision…


Clowns to the left, jokers to the right…

Apparently, Elon Musk isn’t such a great guy. Such is the conclusion reached by hacking face-mask enthusiasts, Anonymous, who posted a threatening, anti-Musk diatribe on YouTube.

Or have they? A number of Anonymous-affiliated Twitter accounts quickly disassociated themselves from the video (see…


5 Reasons it might.

Blockchain has a power-consumption problem and the crypto community is scrambling to find answers. While Bitcoin and Ethereum offer their own solutions, a radically different approach is presented by the self-professed ‘green’ Chia Networks. …


Craig Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto is about to go before the British High Court in a landmark case that could seriously affect Bitcoin’s future

Craig Wright’s claim to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto is not new, but in taking the matter to court, he is putting at stake…

Gem Jackson

Writer and educator in law and philosophy. Also wrote a book.

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