Author: citizenmilton

  • Electric Agora shutting down, new media venture launching soon

    Today we are shutting down all activities for The Electric Agora and will soon be archiving the site. The social media accounts for The Electric Agora were hacked and posts on those accounts are not us – please unfollow/block/report those accounts. A new media venture by Daniel Kaufman featuring many of Electric Agora’s regular contributors…

  • Site Maintenance Update

    The Electric Agora website is currently undergoing system updates – one result of this is that comments are temporarily disabled on the site. We are working to upgrade many of EA’s features and appreciate your patience and excuse our mess.

  • Growing up Astros

    by Milton Lawson ___ The Start In June of 1978, there was nothing I hated more than the Houston Astros. I had just moved to a new city during summer break. I had no friends. The highlight of my day was watching a Spider-Man cartoon.  As a latch-key Gen-X kid, I would make my own…

  • Some Thoughts on Spoilers

    by Milton Lawson ____ I recently saw a tweet in favor of spoilers that said the following: I’m extremely pro-spoilers, personally. If my enjoyment of a thing hinges on a twist, I generally doubt I’ll like it much afterward. If I know what’s coming but getting there is the best part, that’s the good stuff.…

  • The Common Sense

    Note from the author: this is a non-technical, impressionistic introduction to my PhD dissertation. It doesn’t contain a mountain of technical references or jargon, and is going to be developed much further and with more rigor, when I reach those stages of the project. Think of it as an extended “Provocations” piece for now. To that…

  • Announcing: A Dissertation Introduction

    Dear Readers, As you may know, I’m in the Philosophy Ph.D program at the University of Miami. Over the past year I’ve been developing the contours of my dissertation, and have written a non-technical, impressionistic introduction to it. It doesn’t contain a mountain of technical references or jargon, and is going to be developed much…

  • Language and Meaning

    by Mark English The topic of eliminative materialism (or ‘eliminativism’ as its current manifestation is usually called) has been the focus of some recent debate. What prompted this piece, however, was a brief discussion in a comment thread about a very specific kind of eliminativism which applies to language and which is known as semantic…

  • A Few Observations on Autism, Language, and the Brain

    by Mark English Areas of the brain used in mathematics have been identified. These areas, which are associated with our sense of number and with spacial reasoning, are used not only for basic arithmetic and to process our ordinary perceptions and intuitions about shape and form and space but also, it now appears, for advanced…

  • Against Historical Cherry-Picking

    By Daniel Tippens Early in his presidency, Donald Trump passed his first executive order pertaining to immigration, preventing travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United State for 90 days. At the same time, Trump has been laying on some heavy rhetoric about deporting illegal aliens from the United…

  • New York Diary Part III

    You can read The New York Diary part I here and part II here Being the experiences and adventures of a young, single, appallingly poor, surprisingly clean, twenty-something magazine proprietor and philosopher in Gotham. By Daniel Tippens  July 2014 After graduating from NYU, I began working in a cancer research lab. Those in the know…