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I, our generation, am not OK.

Hello, I’m a twenty-something living in 2020. At the start of the year, I had lots of I wanted to accomplish. Perhaps I was just about to graduate from university, excited to see what life had in store for me. Perhaps I was in love, excited to see where they and I might go. Perhaps I was just about to become a parent, or a spouse, or a homeowner, or an employee at my dream company, or a founder of a small business working out of my garage, or a recipient of vital healthcare I’d been on a waiting list…


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How can we guarantee we would know what this means?

What’s really out there? Are we alone in the universe? Do aliens exist? I gamble that no person ever to live has not thought at least once of these questions. In our lifetimes, who hasn’t looked up at the stars and wondered ‘what’s up there?’. Many still must have imagined how we might communicate with such forms of life were we to be given the opportunity. Might they have the capacity for language? How could we ever know what their communicative efforts meant? Contemporaneous technological advances in space travel demand these questions to have an answer. In this essay, I…


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What is the experience of having thoughts like?

As you’re reading this, what are you thinking of? Stop. Think about something else. What did you think about? That’s interesting. How did that thought come to you? Did an image appear in your mind’s eye? Did a concept float by the window of your consciousness? OK, here’s another question: how did that thought feel? Was it visual? Did you smell it? Or, was it abstract? Could it not be perceptible? In this essay, the issue of how thinking feels, or, what might be called the phenomenology of cognition, shall be broached. I shall attempt to decipher precisely how it…


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The people’s anger is building.

These are some of the most tumultuous times in living memory.

Hundreds of thousands of people are dying to COVID-19. The economy is currently being decimated by the virus’ fallout. Dissatisfaction with those in power is high. The world’s wealthiest business owners seem the enemy of the people, forming what appears a conspiratorial oligopoly over our everyday needs and wants. They hoard the riches their workers produce for a pittance. Their possession of immeasurable means leaves a sour taste, and they seem just as gluttonous as everyone else seems envious. …


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Your life is happening.

It’s very easy to turn to nihilism in times of despair. One response is to exclaim ‘carpe diem!’. I believe there is a philosophical significance to this sentiment, and one that I argue is enough to challenge classic nihilistic views, of the type ‘everything I do means nothing’. I will attempt to unravel the importance of carpe diem, or equivalents (e.g. YOLO, for my younger readers) in this short essay.

At our lowest points in life, where we feel powerless to our surroundings, or spectators in our own lives, questioning what the point is to all our toils and troubles…


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Facebook sells your data. Is that OK?

Recently, Facebook has come under fire for selling users’ data to companies. Many people are angry about this; I am not. Rather, I want a share of the money they’ve made from me. In this essay, I shall not be discussing the intimate details of cases such as the involvement of Cambridge Analytica in election management, including in the 2016 US presidential election. Instead, a treatment of the ethical practices at play here is given — and an argument is presented as to why I believe the scope of problems present is more limited than others might think.

When you…


There is an emptiness to life. We don’t know why we’re here. We also don’t know how to deal with this. In this essay, I will try to give a logical analysis of the process behind dealing with existential problems.

Given the unavoidably subjective nature of human existence, each person’s process in dealing with the problems of life will of course vary significantly. It could not be said by the writer exactly in which ways such variance occurs, only that it must do. It could not be possible, for instance, to say that some people do step 15 but type…


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When can we be said to die?

Death is a peculiar thing. Most are scared of it, few embrace it, some tragically induce it. None know what it entails. All face it. In this essay, I would like to advocate for an alternate view on when exactly death happens, when it does not, what causes it and why.

Death is quite possibly the only thing we might be said truly to know. In fact, some often see this matter as the only matter for which there is indeed a definite answer to be found; the universal and unavoidable truth of the end of existence is that there…

T. R. Williamson

linguist and philosopher | MPhil Cambridge | “digestible philosophy”

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