Living life beyond the pale offers immense perspective. Luke wrote these musings down in 2017, after a west coast adventure that ended in the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy his reflections and wisdom gleaned from his time in Slab City, California.
Early American teachers had to figure out why students should have a higher education. They had to determine who should receive this education, what to teach future generations, and how to disseminate this information.
Aristotle defines the process by which an agent is influenced by desire to deliberate a choice based on reasoning and reverse engineering a step-by-step process to achieve said agent's desired goal. From there, the agent still may choose not to perform the action process for obtaining said desire.
This article discusses Aristotle's view on sense perception and change occurring within perceivers. He concludes that true sense perception occurs when the potentialities of the patient and agent are actualized in the realization of each other.
A response and critique of David Hume's proposed ethics and standards for multinational corporations operating in foreign countries, and a suggestion for updating codes of conduct for foreign labor companies employing child labor practices.
This article briefly discusses the importance and impact social groups have on children and their development processes. Positive, outgoing social groups are essential for the effective social integration of young people.
Analyzing two different approaches to education as defined in John Santrock's book "Adolescence." The constructive model favors group work and student discovery. The instructive model promotes teacher-led instruction. Teachers should utilize both methods of instruction in their classrooms.
An analysis of Dylan Thomas's poem "Fern Hill." Themes include creation, life, and the passage of time.
Cell phones and technology are changing the ways humans interact. Are these devices tools of the future, or are they chains imprisoning humankind?
This article addresses the most common mistakes students make when writing in English. It discusses the conventions of punctuation, sentence structure, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, and other issues found in novice writing.
21st century eduction requires professional learning communities which help general education and special education teachers collaborate in order to develop inclusive classrooms that meet the needs of all learners in the public education system.
Based off of the Norwegian fairy tale "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," this imaginative fractured fairy tale is a twist in perspective. Toll, the toll troll, tells his side of this short story. Showing the audience that things aren't always what they seem.
The wifi is dead. My computer won't connect to the internet. I tried resetting the router, but nothing works. This poem reveals one man's struggle to reconnect his wifi. Man vs. Machine. Who will win?
Sound is a physical and psychological experience. If the brain goes without stimuli, it will produce its own in the form of hallucinations. Even deaf people experience tinnitus, but is this technically sound. This article defines sound and examines what an experience of true silence might be like.
For English Language Learners, writing goes beyond spelling and grammar. It begins with socializing and evolves into copying sentence frames; eventually writing essays. Students need written and oral feedback, and should engage with prompts that are culturally relevant and diverse.
Future education will incorporate wireless connections, social media, e-paper and e-books, and online classrooms. Teachers must integrate these technologies to engage their students. As pedagogy evolves, teachers must keep up with the fast-paced changes of a generation born online.
The world is full of people trying to sell you products and ideas. In the 21st century, it is important to cultivate healthy skepticism to see past advertisements and propaganda. Critical thinking will help differentiate between what is true and what is manipulative. Are you paying attention?
Inclusive practices are a necessity for 21st-century classrooms. Inclusive education is not a detriment to academia. Rather, inclusion not only benefits the students with special needs on a social level but also benefits general education students as well. Soon, this will be common practice for all.
What responsibilities do you owe those whom you have immediate relationships with in your life? Do you owe a responsibility to those whom you did not voluntarily enter into a relationship with? The nonreductionist argues against the voluntarist, suggesting that we owe a responsibility to all people.
Is free will a good thing? In the battle between good and evil, St. Augustine, much like Socrates and Plato, argues that free choice of the will is a good thing because right action aligns a man's soul with the eternal and divine.
What is justice? Is it better to be a just man or an unjust man? In the Republic, Plato argues with Glaucon that a just man's soul is like a well-working city. It is better to be a just man because of the intrinsic and extrinsic rewards.
Which forms of nature can contemplate? What does it mean to contemplate? Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics argues that only a patient can contemplate in relation to the form of an agent which has been fully actualized.
When my wife got married, no one ever told her how shocking giving up her maiden name was going to be. She felt like she had lost a part of herself. Newlyweds, you are not alone in this name-loss grief cycle.
In Geoffrey Chaucer's "Marchant's Tale" and "Pardoner's Tale," he reveals themes of deception and blind faith. Both deserve repercussions, to varying degrees, as one is out of thievery and the other out of stupidity.
In a stagnant and depressed world, heroes like Batman, Robin, and Lao Tzu teach us that true strength comes from within. If we don't take action, darkness will win.
In Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales", 29 pilgrims share their tales. Each tale pokes fun at the previous storyteller. Likewise, the Friar and Summoner's tales attack each other's clerical positions, associating each with demons and thievery. In the end, satire overcomes both holy men.
Geoffrey Chaucer's seemingly perfect Prioress is actually a satirical account of a racist clergy's unconscious propaganda to demonize Jews during Medieval England.
A summary of Tom Regan's '"Animal Rights, Human Wrongs," and an analysis of animal suffering, positive and negative rights, direct and indirect duty, morality, and animal rights.
A man pursues his prize with poetic pick-up lines rhyming in -ine and -ime only to find that he is declined. Will he ever find his Valentine? Maybe, if the stars align. This poem is satirical.
What are you agreeing to when someone asks, "will you be my Valentine?" What do you do when someone demands, "be mine?" Find out what these sentences actually mean by analyzing their syntactical form.
NASA and SpaceX plan to colonize Mars within the 21st century. They are preparing ships, cargo, and crew for an intergalactic voyage mid-2030. Here is everything you need to know about living on Mars.
This analysis of Peter Singer's book "Animal Liberation," including a chapter-by-chapter summary, covers the various arguments for (nonhuman) animal rights.
This article analyzes the meta-ethical theories of morality from a subjectivist, relativist, error theorist, objectivist, and non-cognitivist perspective. It concludes that non-cognitivism debunks theories of morality.
An analysis of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics in relation to the continent and incontinent man, one who is ignorant to his actions and controlled by the appetite of his will.
Rediscovered by David Hudson, Ormus is an m-state element used by alchemists to allegedly revitalize the mind, body, and spirit. Ormus is used for health, anti-aging, meditation, and connecting to the divine.
This article discusses the different concepts of change presented by Parmenides and Aristotle. Aristotle suggests that acting in accordance with the soul is the meaning of life.
This article contains an analysis of Thomas Hobbes' "Leviathan," Chapter 13: Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery, and the theme of equality for body and mind, thus equality by nature.
This poem shares the love and abundance of Jesus Christ. Also known as the Prince of Peace, this poem focuses on how the message and character of Jesus is used, seen, and valued in the world today.
Do animals share the right to bodily integrity? Animals have mental states. They suffer like humans. And using them for food, fur, and entertainment should be stopped. Animals have rights.
An analysis of utopian and dystopian literature as well as some real-world attempts at creating a utopian society during the Protestant Reformation. I also have a summary of modern day utopias.
A biographical analysis of Virginia Woolf and her use of fictional characters to reflect the struggle of mental illness in her life and in her marriage.
This article contains an overview of Sir Walter Raleigh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" and an analysis of the recurring motifs of mortality, lack of reasoning, love versus lust, and time.
This narrative poem reveals the dark nature and persona of cannibals. Not quite human, these creatures hunt for human flesh. They are the personification of human regression.
A discussion of the freedom versus determinism paradox and an analysis of hard determinism, libertarianism, semi-compatibilism, and compatibilism. Reason as causation proves the compatibilist theory.
An analysis of Thomas Hobbes' "Leviathan" and his view on the relationship between liberty and society, and humanity's desire to forgo their rights for security and peace.
Analyzing the symbols of chaos, circles, hollowness, marriage, apathy, and the lack of any actual forward movement by the characters of Joseph Conrad's "The Secret Agent."
An analysis of token-token identity theory, narrow-token identity theory, interactionism, and epiphenomenalism, and their attempts to solve existentialism and the mind-body problem.
An overview and analysis of the second tale in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," "The Miller's Tale," and a focus on the narrative point of view, characterization, theme, symbolism, and allusion.
Poetry describing intangible experiences for the visually impaired. Through analogy and descriptive imagery, people who are blind can get a better understanding of these visually stunning experiences.
This ABC poem, rhymed AABBC, follows the order of the alphabet for the first four lines, and has a satori line at the end of each stanza.
A look at Joseph Walther's social information processing & communication theories: How does the Internet, and other similar technologies, affect our ability to communicate and form relationships?
When flood of rain threatens to wash away her colony and queen, one brave ant risks her life to try and save it all. A short story revealing the perspective of ants and their life.
"To know the good is to do the good." While that quote has no direct connection to Socrates, in Plato's "Republic," Socrates provides a purpose for humanity, and reveals how the highest good is analogous to a perfect society.
This article discusses motifs and themes surrounding solar and lunar eclipses from around the world. The format is designed like a worksheet to help students better understand and follow the material.
This essay is a biographical analysis of Jonathan Swift, his satirical poem "Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General," and the neoclassical period throughout which he lived.
This article reviews Gerhart Coffee Company's "Running Pump Roasting" coffee blends. I was so inspired by the "story in every cup" that I included a fictional short story along with my factual review!
Edgar Mohena, owner of HuayraCaspi Expeditions, offers 4-8 day Amazon jungle adventures. Learn jungle survival skills with the most knowledgeable guide in the Amazon!
This video is footage from my camping and hiking trip to Mt. Shasta, Northern California. The poem is a series of reflections gathered during my meditations throughout the adventure.
A poem about imagination, childhood, and play. In an epic battle between action figures, legos, and dolls, "Batman vs. Barbie" tells the tale of a child's imagination.
Do you believe ghosts? How about zombies? This terrifyingly twisted tale is sure to enchant your soul. A poem about trick-or-treaters who will never forget what happened on "that" Halloween night.
In this witch poem for Halloween, the audience faces an ugly, evil witch living in a home made of old bones, and brewing a murderous concoction.
In this essay, I review Plato's "Republic", and analyze the three-tiered class system within the society as defined based of the "myth of the metals".
In this essay, I analyze how WWI influenced F. Scott Fitzgerald's and Ernest Hemingway's novels "The Great Gatsby" and "The Sun Also Rises." Struggling to understand these two novels, or how these two novels connect in the context of WWI? Wonder no more. Read on for my full analysis.
In this essay, I analyze the cause of William S. Burroughs' heroin addiction and how his shadow self is revealed through his novel "Junky." Struggling to understand the themes of this novel? Don't worry. Read on for my full analysis.
A Mother's Day poem, dedicated to my mom and all the other hard working mothers in the world who are more than just a mother, who have spent their lives tirelessly raising children, and who have given their bodies, hearts, and souls to making sure we are all alive today.
The homunculus is man's attempt to elicit creation from alchemical processes. Once born, the homunculus allows alchemists to explore further magical realms. It is the original Frankenstein's monster.
In this essay, I analyze Alvin Goldman's "Causal Theory of Knowledge" and the problems that arise with generalizations, a priori situations, and cases involving evidence.
In this short story, a barista admits a very troubling first day on the job, to say the least. Action rises quickly. Near the end, her end, she is fired. Pun intended.
In this essay, I analyze William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, and analyze how religious connotations hinder Hamlet's action and ability to avenge his father's death.
In this analysis of Plato's "Euthyphro," I analyze Socrates' conversation with Euthyphro and their discussion about the form and intrinsic quality of piety.
In this analysis of Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," I mark the transition period between Romanticism and Realism, as propelled by William Dean Howells and Mark Twain.
Written in cannibalistic fashion, this ode slowly reveals its underlying theme: a soft, limp noodle, lying prostrate on my plate.
An analysis of a lost feminist utopian novel, Charlotte Perkin Gilman's "Herland," and a reflection on the progressively blended gender roles borne by each new generation.
This poem personifies the stress and crippling anxiety associated with writing an essay. Procrastinators beware!
In this short story, our protagonist encounters a swarm of migrating butterflies. After running for cover, the aftermath reveals beauty and death.
In these children's "bee poems," I rhyme with the long "e" sound as much as possible.
In this essay, I reflect on Bernard Williams' notion of utilitarianism, his thought experiments, and what philosophers Cahn and Markie have to say about Williams' ethics.
In this essay, I reveal the dialogue between Dostoevsky's The Grand Inquisitor and Jesus Christ. The Inquisitor argues that humanity needs religion. Jesus silently argues for unconditional love.
To what extent does God intervene in human affairs? If God has a perfect plan, can humans change their destiny? What happens when humans play God? In this hub, I explore these questions and more.
In this article , I share a personal experience with a 419 phishing e-mail fraud. I only include her picture to show how deceptive this scam can be. Keep this one on the down low, as she requested.
What do we do when they fill up the streets, longing their eyes, and begging for change? When will we recognize the need to help our homeless brothers and sisters?
This spoken word is meant to inspire positive and loving change across the United States. Who can bring about this change? The best candidate for the job is Senator Bernie Sanders.
When it's time to eat, Cleo the cat will meow endlessly until she's been fed a proper meal. Narrated by Luke Holm, she is the world's most annoying cat--paranoia personified.
Blue vs. red politics, archaic systems ordained by the elite, and hate-filled sentences of segregation are illusions that many unconsciously perpetuate to support agendas not their own. Here's why political divides in America must come to an end.
A poem approaching polyperception. A grasping at a truth that could never fully be told. Just a note in the orchestra of time and space. Let go and enjoy!
Love is one of the hardest emotions to express. It's such a subjective subject that it means different things for different people at different times. We gain and lose it. Life revolves around love.
An acrostic poem summarizing the plot of the movie and a detailed review of the movie, the book, Hunter S. Thompson, and Johnny Depp's spectacular performance in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
A poem for my soulmate and some tips for stimulating relationships.
A blade of grass left uncut must endure the horrific massacre of his family and friends week after week.
If you're like me, you've spent way too long trying to fix your internet access. Here are some surefire ways to fix wifi fast.
As part of his campaign, President Donald Trump promised the American public that he would build a wall over the U.S.-Mexican border. In an effort to show the futility of Trump's wall, I've provided a few satirical suggestions for improvement.
Do your feet clear a room? Are you embarrassed to take off your socks in public? Well, worry no more. Here are some natural remedies for stinky, smelly feet.
Reflecting on the connection between life choices and uploading music onto the 2005 iPod Shuffle.
A sleuth from the Handford Detective Agency meets his greatest adversary. Himself! Who is he and what is he looking for? A fun play on the classic series "Where's Wally" or "Where's Waldo" by Martin Handford.
In this poem, a boy dreams of enlightened beings and wakes up with a new, profound understanding of reality.
The number 47 is everywhere. Many people find its recurring pattern to be borderline paranormal. Entire clubs center around this number. Meet the 47 Society. Read on for my full explanation of this secret organization. What do you think of this unique group?
Addictions, cravings, and desires. We all have them. Some are more powerful than others.
A zen parable teaching lessons of mindfulness and jumping to conclusions.
The Garden of Eden story interpreted in three different ways, broken down into four stages of human and consciousness development.
Too many push forward without stopping to smell the roses. Slow down before it's too late.
Why are we here? When others play the victim, do we adopt the hero? In this story, I come face-to-face with some of the harsher aspects of our reality, homelessness and gut-wrenching depression.
A poem personifying the beauty and unbearable aspects of Winter.
The media divides. It is up to the people to unit as one. Only then will real progress begin.
If you've ever been the only one to show up to an extracurricular event, this poem is for you.
Sit simply and look inward. You'll be amazed at what you find.
A prophetic dream about the end of the world as we know it. What truth does it reveal?
A man loses his child, storms brew, emotion ensues.
Technological processing power is doubling every few months. With such rapid growth, is there an end in sight?
A villanelle expressing the eternal pull between sky and earth upon my soul.
An analysis of a true-life case study regarding bullying and pack mentality, as well as the mob mentality definition that has emerged from attribution theory and other fields of social psychology.
A reflection on the progression of society with the ultimate goal of becoming enlightened.