Since when is being a mom not a real job?

On the eve of Mother’s Day, with no warning whatsoever, Instagram deleted my wife’s account because someone reported her for sharing photos of the natural act of breastfeeding (which, importantly, included no nudity). My wife’s Instagram account was an investment of over three years of her life, and represents the space in which she documented … Continue reading

Alva Noë somehow made his book better by commenting on my review of it…

Several months ago, I posted an article titled “Horribly disappointed by a really good book,” in which I reviewed Alva Noë’s book Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness. In retrospect, it was a strange review, fraught with all the mixed feelings hinted at … Continue reading

The way things should be…

It is a common practice these days to look at the world and the things in it with a sense of disenfranchised self-righteousness. We look at all the violence and the pollution that humanity has wrought over the centuries and make every effort to distance ourselves from these negative aspects of our history. It is … Continue reading

Hotel Rungyong

I was reminded of an old idea I used to love, a story really, about how the internet would someday let us all see the world from everyone else’s perspective.  That would be the day we, as a selfish, disparate, atomic, individualized, and cultured species,  “got it”. We all live a lot like the other, … Continue reading

No Surprise: Corporate media not full of surprises when it comes to investigating the misdeeds of sponsors

The Winnipeg Sun and Peak of the Market are at it again. The Winnipeg Sun and CJOB have both been waging a relentless campaign against the Canadian Wheat Board. And this has been echoed to a lesser extent across the Sun News Network. The arguments against the CWB are predictable and in line with the … Continue reading

Horribly disappointed by a really good book

Just over a week ago, a friend of mine sent me the following YouTube video: The main idea presented by Alva Noë in that short and intriguing video is that our consciousness is not some tool or ability that resides within our head, but a dynamic process that takes place between our brains, our body … Continue reading

A Radical Definition of Radical

In Short: Radical — to be radical means to oppose the orthodoxies of the times, be they religious, political, social, institutional, economic, etc.  One is more radical, the more fundamental and total the change for which they agitate. In more detail: Because the meaning of radical has been overdetermined, we have fallen prey to many … Continue reading

Festival Night

Note: These posts are not meant to be plot summaries, but commentaries. While we do not go out of our way to spoil, hints if not spoilers about later chapters and even books are occasionally discussed. We recommend reading this post after you have read the parts we are discussing. Mars has meant many things … Continue reading

I Will Sell You The Mars Trilogy

I highly suggest you commit whatever time it takes to read the 1800 or so pages in the Mars series by Kim Stanley Robinson, an award winning science fiction epic published in three parts, beginning with Red Mars in 1993. Kim Stanley Robinson delivers what has rightly been called “hard science fiction.” It is a … Continue reading

Humour and the Tao

Despite its simplicity, the philosophy of the Lao Tzu can often come across as strange, the meanings elusive and the tone serious. Especially as pertains to the tone, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, as we here at nothingjustis dig deeper and deeper into the Tao, the more we realize, not only … Continue reading