What is Knowledge?

Philosopher Edmund Gettier is famous for dispelling the popular notion that knowledge can be defined as a justified, true belief. His short, two-page paper provides (rare, though theoretically plausible) cases in which one had a belief that was both justified and true, though its justification turned out to be on false foundation, and its truth was... Continue Reading →

Nightclubs and Nihilism

If you’ve never been to a nightclub before, allow me to paint you a quick picture: The lights are colourful yet dim, with the occasional flashing strobe.  The bar is generally pressed against the far wall of the establishment, in which two or three baristas are scrambling to keep up with the onrush of orders shouted... Continue Reading →

The Modern Poisoned Apple

If you look around one of your classrooms, I’m sure you’ll see the sea of Apple laptop computers. Sure, there may be the occasional Sony or HP, but for the most part there is a common theme. Why is Apple so popular? Well for starters, they have a killer ad campaign. You remember those commercials,... Continue Reading →

What your Writing Utensil Says about You

You can tell a lot about a person based on their choice of writing utensil.  For example, pencil-users cautiously anticipate their mistakes before they have even begun, as if they are asking permission to be creative.  They are an overly careful bunch; bottling themselves up, staunching the flow of their creative juices to a narrow trickle. There... Continue Reading →

The Ultimate Question

As I stare at the blinking monitor on my computer screen, searching for a topic, I am somehow drawn to the Ultimate topic, or, as Douglas Adams--author of the irreverent and existential Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series-- calls it, The Ultimate Question: The Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything. This is, understatedly, a complex question.  Not... Continue Reading →

Mental Health is No Game : a PSA

I designed this poster to raise awareness about the reality and seriousness of mental health, and increase viewers’ understanding of those struggling with an invisible illness. I decided upon my my target audience--viewers between the ages of 14 and 50 (with video game experience)--because this demographic is highly affected by mental health issues and has lots of contact... Continue Reading →

Redefining Portraiture at the Mcintosh Gallery

At the McIntosh art gallery at Western Ontario, I had the pleasure of viewing some remarkable interpretations of portraiture and self-portraiture. One especially interesting trend I noticed there was that many of the featured artists diverged from the classical self-portrait—a relatively realistic painting or photograph of a subject at a certain moment in time—choosing instead... Continue Reading →

Selfies and Self-portraits: from Kim Kardashian to Frieda Kahlo

Whether on Buzzfeed or in TIME Magazine, I’m sure you’ve come across the term “millenials”. Millenials, also known as “Generation Y”, or worse still, the “me me me generation”, are notoriously “narcissistic” both for posting pictures of themselves all over the web, and for worshipping celebrities who publish their own “selfies”. The Guardian has an interesting take on... Continue Reading →

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