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Beyond Order by J.B. Peterson – Summary/Notes

Posted on March 5, 2021

Overture: This book was written while struggling through the pandemic, sicknesses in his daughter, his wife, and himself. He first started using benzodiazepines to help with his anxiety in 2016. He took more in March 2019 because his anxiety skyrocketed during Mikhaila’s surgery and his wife’s surgeries. He switched off of benzos and tried ketamine instead in May of 2019 because the benzos weren’t reducing his anxiety. Then came the withdrawal symptoms – akathisia. So he went back on theRead More

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

Should I visit Philippe? Pt. II

Posted on January 6, 2021

In my last post, I outlined the scope of my research. In this post, I’ll try and specify what information I need to find in order to answer my research question: “is the government’s prohibition that I do not visit Philippe a legitimate one?” Well, I can think of a few different ways to address this. The first is legal. We could ask whether a health officer is legally allowed to make ordinances. We could ask whether the opposition andRead More

Should I visit Philippe?

Posted on December 16, 2020

It’s time that I paid more attention to how my governments are responding to COVID-19. I’ve supported the status-quo for the last few months: masks should be mandatory indoors, nobody should attend gatherings, and if you must meet with other people, it needs to be an exclusive group of people (a “personal bubble”). I had three reasons for this. One, I don’t want to get COVID-19 because it’ll shorten my lifespan. Thanks to Bret and Heather from the Darkhorse podcastRead 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