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Archive for October, 2014

Lecture: House Lords & Lords Reform

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Lecture Outline

  • Brief Background
  • Current Structure & Functions
  • Timeline of Reforms
  • Current Reform Proposals
  • Where are we now?
  • Analysis Questions

Here it is. Enjoy.

Thomas Jefferson’s 1769 Newspaper Ad Seeking a Fugitive Slave

Sunday, October 5th, 2014



Aside from a handful of slaves (including some of Sally Hemings’s children), Jefferson never freed his bondspeople—unlike George Washington, who left provisions in his will for the emancipation of his slaves upon Martha’s death.*

Hong Kong: 10 things Xi Jinping might be thinking

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Tensions are rising on the streets of Hong Kong. Back in Beijing, what might China’s leader be thinking about the scenes on the streets?

Animated Introductions to Heidegger, The Stoics & Epicurus

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Why is Western philosophy so difficult, so abstruse, and so damned wordy? Perhaps it’s simply a matter of job security. It’s generally well-known, after all, that some of the most taciturn philosophers were also some of the poorest—Ludwig Wittgenstein, who was independently wealthy, notwithstanding. But if you follow the format Alain de Botton lays out in the philosophy department of his video series, “The Big Ideas,” you can pick up some Heidegger, a little Stoic thought, and the ideas of Epicurus each in under ten minutes of lighthearted commentary, accompanied by quirky animation

Here you go…