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 →

How a Bronze Statue Changed Wall Street

On International Women’s Day, the world woke up to images of a statue depicting a young girl standing defiantly in front of Wall Street’s “Charging Bull”. This statue, known as the “Fearless Girl”, was created by artist Kristen Visbal and installed by State Street Global Advisors to raise awareness about the lack of female representation... Continue Reading →

Music and Politics Are Best Friends

Many of us are music lovers, yet we often listen to songs without analyzing their lyrics or considering the societal implications that may result. For me, music provides an escape from the world’s problems, however, I also seek it to gain more clarity about a situation. As a political science student, I’m always tuned into... Continue Reading →

ART, Created by: AI

Recently, engineers and artists have been experimenting with artificial intelligence to see if machines can expand into the artistic realm. After feeding the algorithm with a plethora of artistic works, the formula will generate a wide array of imageries, poetries and music. As of now, AI still needs creative input from humans to assist in... Continue Reading →

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