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About shaunmiller

I am a Ph. D student at Marquette University. The primary purpose of this blog is to get my ideas out there, and then have other people scrutinize, critique, build upon, and systematize beliefs. This blog will sometimes pertain to what I'm learning in my classes, but it will occasionally deal with non-classroom issues that I'm thinking about as well.

Deceived into Learning the Truth

In the Discourses, Epictetus says: If one has to be deceived into learning that external things that lie outside the sphere of choice are nothing to us, I for my part would willingly undergo such deception… Discourses I.4.27 Now knowing … Continue reading

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How Complacent Are you?

There’s a book coming out by Tyler Cowen called The Complacent Class. Cowen argues that Americans have gotten so comfortable to the point where they are complacent.  We’ve sheltered ourselves to the point where we avoid change. In a way, … Continue reading

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Is 2017 Going to be Better?

With 2016 dying off and 2017 already starting, I’ve already been bombarded with a couple big deaths that happened in the New Year. Moreover, I’m also getting news about upcoming political challenges for the upcoming Trump Administration. But wasn’t this … Continue reading

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How to Write Well

When it comes to academic work, I can read voraciously, learn new ideas happily, and teach proficiently.  Writing, however, is something that I usually struggle with.  However, writing helps with the previous three features of academia I just mentioned. For … Continue reading

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We are All Criminals

There’s been a lot of turmoil lately with gun violence and shooting, particularly with an emphasis on police officers shooting black people. Here is a very interesting, very informative website about criminality, punishment, and how it all relates to class.  … Continue reading

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Jeremy Bentham Hinted that Jesus was a Homosexual

Jeremy Bentham is well-known for promulgating utilitarianism.  Through this ethic, Bentham endorsed many things such as equality for women, abolishment of slavery, and opposing capital punishment.  He also applied utilitarianism when it came to sexual matters.  For example, an early … Continue reading

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Coping Mechanisms

People will go through major stresses in life.  I’m not talking about typical stresses that are considered “normal” and expected such as work, drama within family, drama among friends, deadlines, school, etc.  These activities are just the norms of daily … Continue reading

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The Glass Slipper Effect and Gender Roles

In a recent article, authors Laurie A. Rudman and Jessica B. Heppen introduce a new concept called the “Glass Slipper Effect.”  This is how the authors describe it: Romantic fairy tales… can be summed up as, “Once upon a time, … Continue reading

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Tura Satana, a modern Kill Bill?

I stumbled upon this on Wikipedia.  It’s a woman named Tura Satana.   She was an American actress and an exotic dancer.  Her famous movie is the exploitation film Faster, Pussycat!  Kill!  Kill!  However, the most fascinating detail is this: Walking … Continue reading

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The Future with Robots

Robots are coming.  It just seems inevitable that with the advancement of technology, we’re going to have sophisticated machines.  The question is this: are they going to be extremely helpful, or are they going to be humanity’s downfall? Here’s a … Continue reading

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