Dr. Massimo Pigliucci, a Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York explains the Brain in a Vat(BIV) thought experiment commonly used to illustrate academic skepticism in the discipline of philosophy. He sees the famous scifi movie -The Matrix as a philosophical thought experiment where Neo (Keanu Reeves), turns out, is much closer to the “brain-in-the-vat” (BIV) scenario of modern philosophy of mind (to be precise, he is a body-in-the-vat), with all his “experiences” actually being fed to him via artificial stimulation for the purposes of an evil post-technological civilization of machines that have enslaved humanity.
Dr Simon Leitch analyses the current Iraqi crisis. As Iraq today is rocked by attacks from ISIS a blame game has started to undermine Nuri al-Maliki’s government. Maliki, so the argument goes, needs to do more for Sunnis or the country needs to be divided up along sectarian lines. Such a dichotomy is not helpful, as Maliki’s new democracy cannot be easily divided nor can Maliki give the Sunnis minority an equal say in the running of a Shia-dominated state.
Simon Katterl reviews The Moral Landscape, a book written by neuroscientist, new atheist, public intellectual Sam Harris.
In this article Dr. Mark N Kartz, a Professor at the George Mason University, USA and one of the world’s leading experts on Russia (a great power) explains how great power rises and falls. He reminds readers that it is important to distinguish between subjective and objective great powers. This article is an essential read for IR and Politics students and great power enthusiasts.
Peter Ramage discusses the problems with the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) – a free trade agreement between New Zealand, Australia and 10 other Asia-Pacific countries including the USA. A TPPA would be an agreement that guarantees rights for foreign investors & would restrict a nations sovereignty and regulate what policies and laws the government can make. Peter argues the most concerning fact however, is why for such an important agreement has it been kept so publicly quiet?
In this powerful analysis, Professor Ali Riaz explains the legacy, logic and construction of Indian foreign policy to Bangladesh and South Asia. In this article, Dr. Riaz argues that India and Bangladesh have mispercieved each other and that an accord between the two states is possible, even as India persues great power status.