How we Talk about Mental Health

A lot of people will tell you that mental health isn’t discussed enough. In my experience, that’s not quite true. I remember sitting in a study room on campus while a guy talked about the exam he had coming up and joked that he should just kill himself to make things easier. A couple weeks... Continue Reading →

HOCO and Hedonism

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde is a novel that meditates on the nature of hedonism, a philosophical principle in which sensual pleasure is valued above morality. The protagonist of the story, Dorian, marvels over the transient nature of his life when he sees his portrait, whose beauty, unlike his own, will last... Continue Reading →

5 Things to Avoid Before an Exam

It's that time of the year again: the dreaded midterm season is upon us and we are all putting in late nights and sacrificing our sleep to study for our exams. Here is a list of 5  things to avoid before an exam to ensure that all your hard work does not go to waste! 1. Drinking Caffeinated... Continue Reading →

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 →

Shopping for Culture

Over the past few decades, many western artists have started adopting select parts of other cultures into their music and work. The “borrowing” of another culture’s language, music and dances exploitatively robs minority groups. While there is no shame or wrong on celebrating and honouring other cultures, there is a stark difference between appreciation and... Continue Reading →

A World Where Time Stood Still

This past reading week, I had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua in Central America with a team of 11 other students and 2 supervisors from Western for the Alternative Spring Break program. I had no idea of the situation I was walking into, and I could never have imagined the experiences that I would... Continue Reading →

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