The Miscellany of Stewart McCoy

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“What makes “Captain Phillips” interesting is Greengrass’s insistence on the moral ambiguity of the situation. The Somali pirates are more terrorized than terrorizing, lost in an event that they can’t control.”

“Human emotions are rooted in the predictions of highly flexible brain cells, which are constantly adjusting their connections to reflect reality. Every time you make a mistake or encounter something new, your brain cells are busy changing themselves. Our emotions are deeply empirical.”

– Jonah Lehrer, How We Decide

“Beliefs and actions are like two separate musical tones, each with its own pitch, each repeating at a certain wavelength. Integrity is when the two come together, when beliefs and actions are in total alignment. A certain cosmic vibration occurs — there is resonance.”

– Jack Cheng

“A philosophical approach connects the dots among competing interests in an effort to create synergy. Linking competing interests requires philosophers to examine areas that modern-day domain experts too often ignore: core beliefs, ethics, and character.”

– Philosophy is Back in Business