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Getting Things Done, Philosopher Style

by Chris Berger Attempting one’s first steps into philosophic thought is a daunting, frankly reckless, and directionless gamble. I say directionless because good guidance is at such a premium and reckless because we seldom have a clear idea of what we want out of it. As for daunting, those who take such a step with confidence know not what they’re getting into. What is the … Continue reading Getting Things Done, Philosopher Style

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Funding Basic Science: A Leap of Faith

by Sydney Hampshire “Ipsa scientia potestas est.” Knowledge itself is power. Science loves Latin for naming. Organisms, anatomy, and phenomena across the disciplines use Latin and Latin, it seems, has an innate tendency towards poetry. “Knowledge itself is power” directs us towards the need for basic science – because basic scientific principles inform our understanding of everything else around us. Unfortunately, in recent years, scientific … Continue reading Funding Basic Science: A Leap of Faith

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Rossini’s Cinderella: Appearance is everything… Or is it? (Review)

by Jacqueline Withers What comes to mind when you think of the opera? If you are like me, you are probably picturing a Viking-helmeted, rotund woman singing in a foreign language at a pitch that could shatter glass. You may also have imagined an audience full of elitist individuals, decked out in fancy clothes and clutching their opera glasses as they sneer at their social … Continue reading Rossini’s Cinderella: Appearance is everything… Or is it? (Review)

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Why I’m Angry About the Women’s March

by Sanaa Humayun Edmonton’s Women’s march left me with mixed feelings. I’ve tried to write this article a hundred times, I’ve procrastinated and made excuses, I’ve found myself absolutely incapable of coherently explaining this mix of pride and anger I feel in my heart. When I think of what’s happening, my heart pounds faster – my palms become sweaty and I realize, more than anything, … Continue reading Why I’m Angry About the Women’s March

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Political Redux: January 2017

by Chris Berger The New Year is conventionally a time for fresh beginnings, but these have certainly taken an unorthodox, bewildering, and frankly ominous form in 2017.  At three levels of consideration, politics is headed into territory we probably wouldn’t have expected a year or two ago. Alberta Here in Alberta, the “Unite the Right” movement, led on the one side by Progressive Conservative leadership … Continue reading Political Redux: January 2017

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by Jessica Barratt People have this funny habit of asking me where I’m going. I’m not really sure what it is about me that causes them to ask, but my answer’s always the same. “In circles” I tell them. Sometimes I wonder why they ask. I’m sure I’ve considered every angle. Perhaps it’s the over-size backpack I am always carrying. Maybe it’s because I’m always … Continue reading Loops

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No Country for Statesmen

by Chris Berger A professor for whom I worked as a teaching assistant a number of years ago, a fascinating and intellectually generous man in his own right, had the good fortune of studying under the guidance of Leo Strauss, the (in)famous historian of political philosophy, in his twilight years at the University of Chicago in the sixties. Given my own interests and proclivities, I … Continue reading No Country for Statesmen

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Is Math Detrimental to Self-Esteem? Or Has Social Activism Gone Too Far?

by Keaton Peterson As any child fluent in rudimentary arithmetic will tell you, some numbers are bigger than others. Three pennies is less than four pennies, five pennies is more than four pennies – case closed, right? The answer is not so simple for a primary school teacher and “Feelings Over Fractions” activist Stephanie Buchanan who is stirring up controversy in an Edmonton elementary school. Buchanan … Continue reading Is Math Detrimental to Self-Esteem? Or Has Social Activism Gone Too Far?

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“Survival Guide” for the Contemporary Age: A Review

by Srosh Hassan How does the idea of survival change over time? As the problems we face evolve, whether borne by geographic, social, personal, economic or political stresses, so do the ways we seek to survive in those environments. The Art Gallery of Alberta’s newest exhibit, Survival Guide, focuses on how contemporary artists are addressing survival strategies and features the different ways people adapt to challenges to … Continue reading “Survival Guide” for the Contemporary Age: A Review