Posts by Kyle York

Celebrity Lies Within

For Bazin . . . film is actually like a record of God, or of the face of God, or of the ever-changing face of God . . . it shouldn’t be based on the script. It should be based on the person or the thing. And in that sense, [Hollywood is] almost right to have this whole star system, because then it’s about that person instead of the story.                                                                       

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Confronting the Limits of Self-Expression

The inexplicable loneliness we sometimes feel might be due to the fact that verbal discourse fails to capture the complexity of our actual neurological states. Paul Churchland, for example, suggests that the two hemispheres of our brains communicate with a much more intricate and intimate “language” than we do with each other. On the other hand, some philosophers claim that language doesn’t gain its meaning from our internal experience at

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Lab-Grown Meat: Your Dinner of the Near Future

Modern technology has made food cheaper, more transportable, pathogen resistant, and even amusing. Still, many manufactured foods contain little nutritional value, and produce markets around the globe continue to become increasingly geographically homogeneous. Food industrialization creates an ongoing slew of ethical dilemmas regarding animal health and wellness. Micro technology may provide solutions once only possible in science fiction; accordingly, recent research suggests that cell culturing may eliminate the need for factory meat

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Decency Needs Better Company

There seems to be plenty of lip service these days championing the idea that our way of life is both admirable and necessary. We tell ourselves our intentions are fundamentally kind and honorable despite our occasional peccadilloes. We assume our society has been cultivated by a comparatively honorable system that deserves cautious but implicit trust. And we quietly worry that we don’t have the time, energy, or power to think

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Guessing the Fate of the Cosmos

The hope that humanity will one day expand beyond its solar system, drift in space on self-supporting vessels, and explore other planets is almost universal. The theme occupies a central place in science fiction. We know that one day the earth will be consumed by the sun as the latter becomes a red giant. And so a vague if cautious optimism is maintained about science’s ability to help us escape

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