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Caretakers or Pioneers?

Christopher Nolan is no small name in Hollywood. Known for blockbuster hits like The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, and Dunkirk, the director never fails to deliver thought-provoking, intense movies. Given this record, many were disappointed by his 2014 space adventure, Interstellar. The time-bending story received mixed reviews from fans and critics. However, the film raises interesting questions about human ingenuity, love, the environment, and social progress. In the film, the earth is in the midst… Read More →Caretakers or Pioneers?

When You Love Someone . . . and when You Don’t

According to one source, every 13 seconds someone in the United States files for divorce.1 Though the divorce rate has been declining for years, about 50% of children will still see their parents getting divorced in their lifetime.2 These statistics are devastating and should be cause for lament. Of course, the effect on the man and woman is terrible, but children also experience great pain, confusion, and heartache when their parents separate. While giving music… Read More →When You Love Someone . . . and when You Don’t

Are You a ‘Natural’?

When people think of modern rock music, the band Imagine Dragons probably comes to mind. Since 2012 they’ve been releasing music that has been topping the charts. With singles like “Demons,” “I Bet My Life,” “Thunder,” “Believer,” “Whatever it Takes,” and “Radioactive” (which holds the record for the most weeks spent on the Billboard Hot 100), Imagine Dragons has become one of the most popular rock bands of the decade. Part of the appeal of… Read More →Are You a ‘Natural’?

Alive, Like Me

[Spoiler Alert: This article discusses major plot points from the film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom]   Messing with Genetics Fourteen years after the disastrous Jurassic Park 3, Colin Trevorrow resurrected the Jurassic Park franchise with Jurassic World. True, the plot was a little predictable, but people loved it. And it’s not hard to see why, after all, dinosaurs are pretty cool. Raking in over $650,000,000, the film rocketed to the sixth highest grossing movie of… Read More →Alive, Like Me

We’re All to Blame

[Spoiler Alert: This article discusses major plot points from the films Wonder Woman and Man of Steel]. Following on the heels of Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed Dark Knight Trilogy, DC’s extended universe films haven’t exactly had fans or critics raving. The films have been troubled by production difficulties and overly dramatic character changes. (You may remember the fan outrage that occurred when Superman kills Zod at the end of Man of Steel). Breaking from Marvel’s… Read More →We’re All to Blame

“I Liked it Better When My Car Had Sound”

Since their first studio album, Vessel, released in 2013, the band Twenty One Pilots has been tearing up the music scene with their unique sound and deep, introspective lyrics. In a world where most pop songs are about shallow love affairs, Twenty One Pilots has carved out a singular space where they can talk about hard things that people face, like fear, depression, suicidal thoughts, and insecurity. If you’ve listened to their music, you know that… Read More →“I Liked it Better When My Car Had Sound”

Turing and Truth

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is a crowd and critic favorite, starring in popular roles such as Marvel’s Doctor Strange, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy, and Sherlock Holmes in BBC’s extremely popular Sherlock. In 2014, he added another memorable role to his career with his Oscar-nominated portrayal of the troubled genius Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. The film tells the heartrending story of Alan Turing, a British cryptanalyst who… Read More →Turing and Truth

I’m Jogging!

Over the past nine years, YouTube sensation Julian Smith has entertained audiences with his hilarious short sketches, original music, and wry sense of humor. His channel currently has over 1,800,000 subscribers. He’s gone on to write and direct commercials, as well as beginning a podcast called Spellbound. Sometimes his videos are just crazy, but many of them contain interesting social messages. In this sketch, Julian looks at the addiction people have to the Internet and… Read More →I’m Jogging!

Pantheism’s Finest Hour

In May of 1980 George Lucas released Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the sequel to his 1977 breakout hit Star Wars. The film is often regarded as the best of the Star Wars films, coming in at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, and ranking as the thirteenth highest-rated movie on IMDB’s top 250. The film contains some of the most memorable and iconic scenes in film history. Among these is the training of Luke… Read More →Pantheism’s Finest Hour

Logical Fallacies

A logical fallacy is “a mistake in reasoning that renders an argument invalid, unsound, weak, or ineffective.”1 In philosophy courses, students are often taught a whole list of fallacies and how to avoid them. However, fallacies are extremely common in pop-culture—news media, commercials, TV shows, movies, and political debates. Below are some common examples.   Ad Hominem – Time Warner Cable   The Ad hominem is “a fallacy in which an argument attacks a person… Read More →Logical Fallacies

The Commie Test

“Am I a communist?” So asks the daughter of legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in the 2015 film, Trumbo. The film is concerned with the events of the 1940s-50s surrounding the Hollywood blacklist. During this controversial period, artists, filmmakers, and screenwriters suspected of having communist affiliations were brought before anti-communist committees. Many were barred from working in their respective industries for having previous ties to the Communist Party. Filmmakers went to other countries to make their… Read More →The Commie Test

God and Chuck

The TV show Supernatural, now in its fourteenth season, has a cult following. The show follows the adventures of two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, as they fight supernatural forces of all varieties. The show’s enduring popularity says something about our culture—namely, that the supernatural is still of interest to people. Despite what voices in the New Atheist movement say, many people still think that there is much more to this world than simply matter.… Read More →God and Chuck