Issue 80: August/September 2010


Being Human

by Grant Bartley


News: August/September 2010

’Plato’s musical code’ claim • Blue skies grow cloudy • Forced ops dilemma • Philosopher and wit Anthony Quinton dies — News reports by Sue Roberts


Can Addicts Help It?

Piers Benn can’t resist finding out.

Can We Be Happy?

Kathleen O’Dwyer sets out to conquer herself, with help from Bertrand Russell.

Laughter is a Time Machine

Mark Weeks sees the funny side of suspended animation.

What Does It Mean To Be Cool?

Thorsten Botz-Bornstein links Stoicism and Hip Hop.

What Makes This Question Funny?

Jeffrey Gordon delivers the punch line.


An Amoral Manifesto (Part I)

A special extended column from our (erstwhile) Moral Moments columnist Joel Marks.

Compassion & Peace

Michael Allen Fox advocates the seeking of peace through compassion.

Complementarity & Reality

Alistair MacFarlane has complementary ways of looking at things.

Thus Sang The Manic Street Preachers

Leighton Evans takes a Nietzschean perspective on the Manic Street Preachers.

Warning: The Objects in the Photograph are not as Real as they Appear

Matt Randle warns us about seeing the world through a lens darkly.



Our thirty-fourth feast of fine philosophical facts fitted together thoughtfully by Deiradiotes.


Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer is one of the best known sci-fi authors of today. Nick DiChario talks to him about the philosophical ideas embedded in his books.



Legal Eagle • Legal Goat • A Memory of Mystery 1 • The Inquisition Continues • Free Will Haiku • A Memory of Mystery 2 • Back To Back • A Back To The Future


On Xenophobia

Our philosophical science correspondent Massimo Pigliucci.

Okey Doke

Raymond Tallis is illocutionary about the young Wittgenstein’s perlocutions.


Emerson & Thoreau: Figures of Friendship

Scott F. Parker gets friendly with Emerson & Thoreau.

Out Of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain by Alva Noë

Kurt Keefner tells you why you can’t be only your brain.

Philosophy Through Science Fiction

Liz Stillwaggon Swan thinks through sci fi.



by Murray Sheldermine

The Museum-going Cannibal

by Yahia Lababidi


Abbas Zaidi tells us of the human condition in Lahore.

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