A fairly complete collection of my academic papers —
the good, the bad and the ugly. Be gentle with me.

Thinking Inside the Box: Gödel and the Mind

A paper for a ‘learning enhancement’ general education class. Basically a quasi-materialist treatment of consciousness with an eye to Gödel’s incompleteness theorem as a point of departure. This was the first paper I wrote upon re-entering school.

Sum Ergo Non Reduci Sum (I am therefore I am not reducible.)

A challenging paper I wrote for Intro to Philosophy. The premise is: consciousness cannot be explained reductively. While I don’t particularly like this paper in retrospect, it was “over the top” for the class requirements. It really showed me that my argumentative style needed some fine tuning.

The Courts, Natural Law and Privacy

A paper for Political Science 1010 that follows the historical formation of ideas of individualism and privacy. I then look at how the U.S. Supreme Court has “added” privacy as a basic human right. Their justifications, I think, are both unnecessary and inherently unstable. By going back to concepts of Natural Law, which were foundational for the Framers of the Constitution, we find a more ethically sound and legally robust rational for privacy rights.

Writing 1010 Class Documents:

A very good class for me. It really helped me be more conscious of what I was doing within my writing, helping me be more deliberate. “Clorox,” in particular is a strong piece of writing, in my humble opinion.

        The Great Goldfish Predicament

        Racial Profiling

        In Search of Just War

        Clorox and the War on Germs

Writing 2010 Class Documents:

The class that semester focused on environmental issues. By this point, my argumentative style was coming along fairly well, as were my organisational skills.

        To Drill or Not to Drill: Un-Spinning Alaskan Oil Development

        This is just the beginnings of a paper I abandoned – the following paper

        was its replacement. While I think this would have been an excellent

        work (it started well), it didn’t really fill the goals of the assignment.

        I leave it here because it contains some awfully cunning lines, IMHO.

        Conservation versus Exploitation: The Danger of an Energy Security Myth

        Standing at the Temple Gates: Thoreau’s Deification of Nature

        The Nine Million Dollar Owl: The Price of Pricing Nature

Assessing Epicurean Pleasure

A paper written for Philosophy 3500 – Ethics. This hurried treatment assesses “pleasure” as the greatest good under Epicureanism. Weak...

Your Ought is My Is: Hume and Projected Moral Sentiment

Another paper for PHIL 3500. I briefly look into the deep, dark waters of the so-called is-ought problem of ethics, that is, how do we justify transformations from descriptive to normative. Another weak paper, though the idea is interesting, I think...

Crossing the Rubicon:  Hume and the External World

A paper for PHIL 4120 – Early Modern Philosophy. In this interpretive paper, I dissect Hume’s views on the possibility and provability of external world theory.

Killing the Patient To Cure the Disease: The Naturalization of Epistemology

This paper for PHIL 3300 – Theory of Knowledge dives shallowly into Quine’s “Epistemology Naturalized.” I hold that in ‘naturalizing’ knowledge, you destroy any meaningful concept of knowledge.

The Police Officer, the Firefighter and the Doctor:
Studies in Distributive Justice and Governmental Obligation

This paper for PHIL 3520 – BioEthics looks at various justifications for universal health care, particularly as a natural governmental obligation under distributive justice theory.

Led Astray: Pilot and Flight Management Systems Interaction

This paper for a Pilot/Human Factors course analyses crew interactions with modern, “glass cockpit” instrumentation systems in commercial aircraft. It recounts the American Airlines accident at Cali, Columbia, looks at system design and implementation, human interfacing with those systems and finally suggests steps to correct the problems discovered.

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