Was Jean-Jacques Rousseau an Enlightenment figure?

This essay compares some of the ideas expressed by Immanuel Kant countered by those expressed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau with regard to enlightenment. More specifically, it considers whether Rousseau can be classified as an enlightenment figure according to the definition of enlightenment proposed by Kant. Continue reading Was Jean-Jacques Rousseau an Enlightenment figure?

Politican sparks racist chant in Dutch municipal elections

So, perhaps it is time for protest after all. Disbelief with a hint of infuriation. Major wins for local and liberal parties in the municipal elections, fantastic – but at the same time the Netherlands’ most infamous right-wing party leader crossed all lines of decency with his most racist comment yet. Continue reading Politican sparks racist chant in Dutch municipal elections

Biorobotics: science at a crossroads

Is the concept of biorobotics crazy enough to be innovative? In 1997, a video released as part of Apple’s Think Different campaign tried to convince us that only the ‘crazy ones’ can change the world.  Continue reading Biorobotics: science at a crossroads