Category: Cartoons

Cognitive Dissonance, Our Friend and Ally

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Humans are conflicted creatures. We do and say things every day that contradict our values and beliefs. It makes us an interesting, neurotic and dangerous species. When we contradict ourselves, we are not always able to shrug it off as easily as Walt Whitman suggests we might[*](http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/s_z/whitman/song.htm “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself. Excerpt from Whitman’s poem ‘Song of Myself,’ available in full here”). Believing one thing and doing another causes an uncomfortable »

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The Postmodern Prometheus

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Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is a product of its time. It beautifully illustrates the nineteenth century apprehension about the implications of advances in science. Victor Frankenstein became an archetypal ‘mad proffesor’, more concerned with pushing the limits of technology and his own genius than humanity. Readers often gloss over »

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Dissecting a robot

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There is an apocryphal story that the philosopher René Descartes nailed his wife’s dog to a board and dissected her alive. Descartes remained unmoved by the dog’s howls of pain because he had concluded that non-human animals did not have souls, and thus their cries of agony were merely the noise of a mechanism malfunctioning »

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I felt like a rabbit

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I’m fascinated by the cultural phenomenon of [alien abductions](/2014/08/25/of-aliens-and-vegans/) and what it can show us about humanity. Barney Hill[*](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_and_Barney_Hill_abduction “An overview of the details of the Betty and Barney Hill abduction reports can be found on Wikipedia”) was one of the first people to report being abducted by aliens. I found this extract from the transcript of his hypnosis sessions, in which he recalls his alleged abduction, particularly moving »

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What about free range eggs?

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One of the questions I’m sure all vegans face regularly is *but… what about free range eggs?*’ without even addressing the more controversial and complicated arguments about animals as property and the implications of that paradigm. It’s easy to explain that even free-range eggs are not cruelty and death free. »

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