Sunday, May 26, 2019

Dismissing the Cause of Scottish Independence

As a respite from the parade of daily essays I have been releasing in bulk, I’ve decided to dig up this paper I wrote for my British Politics class that preceded my trip to the United Kingdom. It seems to be an appropriate time to release this discussion on Scottish independence and UK devolution, given the subject of the third episode.

Great Britain and Historical Perspective: Episode III

Since I’m sitting quietly in the London Heathrow airport, I had just as well be productive, so posting the next essay seems a passable use of my time. Just as the legend of William Wallace is a valuable myth in Scottish history, I was tasked with finding a relatable tale from the United States that all Scottish visitors should be told.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Great Britain and Historical Perspective: Episode II

Episode Two in this saga brings us to the Scottish Parliament, where the assigned topic is clearly restated in the introductory paragraph of my essay that follows. I enjoyed the visit and greatly appreciated the time given by Scottish National Party MSP David Torrance. I would rate the experience 5/5 on TripAdvisor. (For the record, my mention of New Coke predates the announcement of a promotional re-release in cooperation with Netflix and Stranger Things and the subsequent issues with the marketing website.)

Great Britain and Historical Perspective: Episode I

As part of a faculty-led study abroad trip to the United Kingdom, I have been required to write topical essays each day on a subject of the professor’s choosing. The following is my first response on the moral costs of scientific and economic progress, originally written 13 May. The first series of haikus are based on the story of William Burke, a murderer who delivered his victims to the University of Edinburgh for profit.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Yes, We Can: Building a Better Future Despite Political Devastation

When news broke that Donald Trump had defeated Hillary Clinton in the Presidential election, countless U.S. citizens bombarded the Canadian immigration website, causing it to crash. While I understand the motivation behind their actions, I find this solution to be unreasonable. When encountering a wolf, one can sheepishly run and be chased into the woods or stare the wolf in the eye and make it feel your fear. Rather than viewing Canada as a potential sanctuary from the wolf that is Trump, we should all look to them for the inspiration to stand tall and roar.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Moving My Own Cheese: On the Finite Nature of Life and the Perpetuity of Change

The book Who Moved My Cheese?, by Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard, is a story within a story, teaching some readers about change and adaptation in work and everyday life. It portrays the concepts simply, using mice, cheese, and remarkably tiny people in a maze. As with any story, the book have an impact on some readers, but I found the juvenile presentation, redundant prose, and rampant clich├ęs to be off putting. It served little more purpose than to remind me how chaotic my life has been.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Open Letter to the Society for Neuroscience

Dear Society for Neuroscience,              
This is an open letter concerning the recent launch of the new open access journal, eNeuro.
We welcome the diversification of journal choices for authors looking for open access venues, as well as the willingness of eNeuro to accept negative results and study replications, its membership in the Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium, the publication of peer review syntheses alongside articles, and the requirement that molecular data be publicly available.