Hi there, and welcome to what is destined to become your new favourite blog. Unless, of course, you're not very cool. In which case, you probably won't like it very much.

My name is Lance.

I'm a Philosophy major using a philosopher's toolbox to investigate philosophy(*GASP*), politics, literature, nutrition & fitness, education, history, science, religion, technology, the general human condition, and more.

Activities that I enjoy include making bad jokes, playing chess, go, & other strategy games, solving puzzles, cooking, eating food drenched in hot sauce, exercising, reading, socializing, taking long walks, and generally striving towards self-improvement and living a fulfilling, virtuous, happy life.

I'd rather not establish a group-think echo-chamber, so I've purposefully left my various personal identities and "isms" out of my description:

Followers genuinely interested in what you have to say based on its merit are preferable to followers who follow because they agree with you ideologically or personally identify with your orientation, gender, race, etc.

A thoughtful counter-argument is always more appealing to me than unthinking agreement.

 

Some guy was talking about how vaccines are completely ineffective and whatnot. I asked him what he would do if he were bitten by a rabid animal - get a vaccine or face the 99+% mortality rate from untreated rabies.

He proceeded to spam my pictures with comments accusing me of being a virgin and such.

I purchased the butts of two different animals from the store. Butts.

I purchased the butts of two different animals from the store. Butts.

According to recent reviewer I am “pretty cool”.
Some guy named Shawn Long posted this photo of me to Facebook earlier with the amazing caption: “He’s meditating and wearing shorts in the cold lol”.
 
Some guy named Shawn Long posted this photo of me to Facebook earlier with the amazing caption: “He’s meditating and wearing shorts in the cold lol”.

 

I decided that I’m going to attempt to vote barefoot. Mostly just to see if they will let me. This is the type of person I am.

Well Damn. "Psychopaths Have a Lousy Sense of Smell"

If you know someone with a terrible sense of smell, you might want to be careful around them. A new study suggests a link between a crappy olfactory and being psychopathic, AFP reports via Raw Story. Both phenomena have separately been linked to the same part of the brain, the orbito-frontal complex, so researchers in Australia decided to give smell tests to 79 diagnosed non-criminal psychopaths.

The results? Those who scored highest in tests for psychopathic traits also had the hardest time discriminating between different scents. “Olfactory measures represent a potentially interesting marker for psychopathic traits,” the study says, “because performance expectancies are unclear in odor tests, and may therefore be less susceptible to attempts to fake ‘good’ or ‘bad’ responses.” Assuming, of course, that they haven’t read about the study. So don’t forward this to any potential psychopaths, OK?

Lance Goebel: Youtube is better than cable because it allows me to watch Peter Singer talk about Hegel at any time instead of having to wait til Sunday night.

Vincent Painchaud: Ever wondered what's on TV on Sunday night, 3am, *after* those endless hours of hairy 90's soft porn? Philosophy.