30 April 2011

Robert Nozick's "Experience Machine"

The following is political philosopher Robert Nozick's incredible allegory of the "Experience Machine," from his book Anarchy, State, and Utopia. The allegory makes a case against hedonism, the idea that sensory pleasure is the highest good:

Suppose there were an experience machine that would give you any experience you desired.

27 April 2011

Discussing the Libya War on "Russia Today"

I appeared on Russia Today (RT) yesterday to discuss the U.S./NATO intervention in Libya as well as the situation in Syria - feel free to check it out if you are interested:

My related article, "Rolling the Dice in Libya," appeared on Antiwar.com yesterday.

Another, unrelated op-ed of mine appeared yesterday as well in the Michigan Education Report: "National standards will stifle innovation." In it, I argue that "strict standards risk forcing students and teachers alike into a curricular straitjacket, alienating creative teachers and sapping the motivation of students."

You can find links to all of my online publications at my homepage, www.ryanmccarl.com.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

26 April 2011

Rolling the dice in Libya

My latest op-ed, "Rolling the dice in Libya," appeared today on Antiwar.com.

You can find the op-ed here as well as pasted below. If you enjoy it, please consider sharing it on your Facebook wall, mentioning it on Twitter, or emailing it to a friend. Thanks, as always, for reading.


Rolling the dice in Libya

Ryan McCarl

President Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination in 2008 partly by reminding the party’s base of his early, prescient criticisms of the ill-fated decision to invade Iraq. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war … a rash war,” then-Senator Obama explained in 2002.