Eugene Fernandes

A Call to Disobey COVID Restrictions

Posted on February 27, 2021

Either a law is just or unjust. If it’s unjust, it should be opposed. Civil disobedience, protests, and writing a letter to your representative in Parliament are all different ways to oppose an unjust law. For me in Montreal, it is illegal to visit another person at their residence. It is also illegal to leave my residence between the hours of 8 pm and 5 am. I think both the visitation restriction and the curfew are unjust. And I thinkRead More

COVID: November 23

Posted on November 24, 2020

Well, I started writing a couple of months ago about my thoughts/predictions regarding COVID 19. Here are blogs one, two, and three. Re-reading them now is so damn interesting! It’s so interesting to be a part of history like this! I wish I had kept it up and had written one new blog post per week. On Friday, I’ll be recording a podcast with Matt Strauss – an MD. He argues against lockdowns, and I figured I should get myRead More

The Two Types of Claims

Posted on November 15, 2020

There are two types of claims: descriptive and active. Take the following claim: “Canada is a meritocratic country.” This is an empirical claim. You can question and falsify this belief in many ways. You can check how much income mobility there is. You can see what the best predictors of success are – your family’s income? Or your IQ? All of these things help describe how accurately this belief describes the world. That’s what makes it a descriptive claim. ButRead More

Posted on October 8, 2020

Posted on September 21, 2020

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Posted on September 20, 2020

Summary of Sexual Personae (by Camille Paglia)

Posted on August 22, 2020

Very long book. Much reading. You’re welcome. Definitions in bold. Chapter 0: The Cancelled Preface (from Sex, Art, and American Culture) Western culture has unity and continuity. It is theatrical at its core, with two main principles: the Apollonian and the Dionysian. Art is any and all works of imagination and quality. Personae are masks, but also personalities and persons. Hierarchy pervades, egalitarianism tangles. Hierarchy is beautiful and necessary. Men (all men, so women too) crave hierarchy, and we naturallyRead More

The Word for Gen Z is “Metamorphosis”

Posted on August 11, 2020

Generation Z was born anywhere from 1995ish to 2010ish. They’re known for growing up in a world that always had smartphones and the internet. They’re anxious and depressed, have gone through the Great Recession and now COVID-19, and they’re usually on Tik Tok. I consider myself to be a member of Gen Z. Eric Weinstein thinks that Gen Z doesn’t have a song. His generation’s song was Stairway to Heaven. And Eric Weinstein is an honourable man. I think thatRead More

Painting Gives You New Eyes

Posted on August 10, 2020

Painting teaches you to perceive the world differently. I first approached painting as if I were a camera. If someone’s eyes were dark brown, then I would mix dark brown and put it on the canvas. If someone’s lips were pink, I would put pink on the canvas. I’d do this for the whole painting. This doesn’t work well. What you’ve got to do instead is see 3 different levels. On one level, there’s the geometric structure of the face.Read More

The Perfection of How to Train Your Dragon

Posted on August 4, 2020

Whenever I watch Hiccup’s first flight, my eyes get misty. There he is, a pseudo-viking, risking the wrath of his father and his whole clan to go fly a fucking dragon. It’s unbelievably inspiring. So below, I’ll try to articulate why I find HTTYD so inspiring, and why it makes me so emotional. I’ve boiled it down to two reasons: the movie is archetypally balanced, and Hiccup is an exemplary rebel. Identity and Perfect Contrarianism: Let’s start with how Hiccup is a perfectRead More

A Experiment in Creative Restaurant Review

Posted on August 3, 2020

My God, what a lovely restaurant! My only regret was not taking photos, so words will have to do. First, the samosas. Wow. Those fat packets of flavour are made with crispy dough and fluffy potatoes and peas. They’re made to order too, so they come fresh, but still have oil on them – no eating on your lap! They come with a cool, sticky-sweet tamarind sauce, which sharpens the flavours of the samosa with every bite dipped into it.Read More

Is Employment Slavery? (It’s up to you)

Posted on July 22, 2020

“A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.” Lysander Spooner A question popped up in my mind a couple of weeks ago while job hunting. Am I just looking for a new structure to replace school? Was I looking to just replace school with some other organization who would tell me what to do and what needed to be done, and to organize my life around?Read More

Learn to Think by Downloading Lenses

Posted on July 21, 2020

The great thing about a broad education in the humanities and social sciences is that it lets you see the world from many different “lenses”. Lenses are filters which let you predict certain outcomes and make certain arguments. I am familiar with around 4 lenses: evolutionary psychology, moral foundations theory, philosophy, and economics. For example, consider the case of revenge porn. Someone sends someone else a nude, the other person takes it, and then later on after breaking up, threatensRead More

Is your podcast an echo chamber?

Posted on July 13, 2020

Mine may be. My conversations with people tend to end on agreement, and agreement on the exact same idea – that we need to build our own community. That’s an issue. Why? Because it means that I am, once again, creating an echo chamber. In an earlier blog post, I wrote that if you fill in the pauses of the person you’re speaking with, you run the risk of simply hearing what you want them to say. Now, I thinkRead More

How to Write a Letter to a Confederate

Posted on July 8, 2020

This is the letter I placed on a man’s doorstep in Kelowna, after I passed by his house four weeks ago and saw a confederate flag glowing in his window (it was after dark). You can watch a video of it and how I initially responded on my facebook account, or by clicking here. It’s a good thing then that a few friends let me know that I should’ve reached out to him instead of complaining about it on facebook.Read More