Punctuated Equilibrium as metaphor

Beloved paleontologist and essayist Stephan Jay Gould often struggled with the idea of progress that haunted the pages of Charles Darwin’s On the Origins of Species. For many historians of science, and for Gould himself, Darwin’s belief that the current, living, plethora of species were more advanced forms of their extinct relatives, is most likely…

Gaston Bachelard

Gaston Bachelard is for me one of the silent giants of contemporary philosophy. Well, to use Mill’s term this is only “half-truth”. Bachelard’s work still remains aloof to the English world. He was one of the last of a breed of early 1900s French epistemologists for whom a non-positivist study of science was a window into…

Destination SkyNet: Human Anxieties about Humanizing Technology

Consider this exhibit at the World Economic Forum in Davos: Paola Antonelli, the Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at MOMA is the force behind the “Talk to Me” exhibit, which explores the world of communication between people and things. The exhibit considers how designers seek to enable a nonverbal dialogue through clever design. As…

Bell, Nabokov’s butterflies, and S.J. Gould

Daniel Bell of “The Post-Industrial Society” prophesy, dies at 91 (Source: NYTimes, Jan25/11) Bell was something of a social prophet, announcing the end of global political ideologies such as the Communism of the USSR (See The End of Ideology). Later he predicted that service-based economies would come to supplant agricultural and industrial-based economies. He can be…

Publication in GNOSIS

Great news. I’ve been published in Concordia’s Philosophy Graduate Journal, GNOSIS. The piece is a talk I gave at a conference by the Concordia Philosophy Department: Life, Death and Power. The paper is called “Transferences or Cessation: The Destabilization of the Life/Death Binary in Organ Transplantation.” There were many great presentations. Unfortunately my favourite paper…