We Are Joined By Our Difference: Some Thoughts on the Eternal Honeymoon

posted 17/8/13

I would like to do a brief reflection on the nature of loving relationships and the idea of the Eternal Honeymoon (influenced by a little Lacan). There is a ubiquitous fantasy, propagated across our culture, of a couple who are able to make each other whole, complete and fulfilled. Not surprisingly the stories that describe […]

The objects We Desire and The Object-Cause of Our Desire

posted 4/6/13

Psychoanalysis helps us to isolate two types of desirable things. The first are objects. Simply put we find ourselves wanting certain things everyday, from when we get up to when we go to bed. Yet, if that thing is not available (or if we achieve it), we move onto something else. We might be angry […]

Love, Loss and the Uncoupling of Our World

posted 2/9/12

I am currently reading Slavjo Zizek’s latest book Less Than Nothing. It is a profound and systematic work (though I must warn that if you don’t have a background in continental philosophy it is difficult). Anyway, the following reflections are directly inspired by his writing on Malebranche, Occasionalism and the Big Other found there. Descartes […]

I Don’t Want You if You Are Not You

posted 8/7/12

I once had the idea for a sci-fi short story about a scientist who was deeply in love with two women. Two woman who are, in turn, deeply in love with him. He is paralyzed by the choice; utterly unable to decide which woman he should actually commit himself to. In addition to this each […]

I Reject Your Apology

posted 5/7/12

Here I want to offer a final reflection on grace and ethical systems. The original post that sparked the rather heated debate, here and elsewhere, was entitled “Stop Teaching the Ethics of Jesus.” One of the important, but missed, points of the title was that it didn’t say “Don’t Teach the Ethics of Jesus.” The […]

Stop Teaching the Ethics of Jesus!

posted 26/6/12

There is a strong tendency within the church for people to extract and teach the ethical framework found in the Gospels. For instance, people might set up a community in which they attempt to live out principles such as giving to someone in need, turning the other cheek and living simply. There are however a […]

You Gave Me What I Already Had, and Then You Took It Away

posted 29/9/11

There is a famous set of experiments carried out by the Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov in which he would present some dogs with food while ringing a bell. He showed that over time the dogs began to associate the ringing of the bell with receiving food. The result was that, if the dogs heard the bell, they would begin […]

On time travel, love and changing the past

posted 5/6/11

  In time travel films such as Back to the Future a trope is often employed whereby a photograph taken back in time begins to change as a direct result of some current intervention. For instance a person in the photograph may begin to dissolve away as the protagonist prevents that individuals parents from ever […]

God is The Littlest Hobo

posted 22/2/11

When I was young I used to watch The Littlest Hobo. This was a fascinating show about a dog that would travel from place to place helping people in need before quietly leaving at the end. It might sound similar to Lassie, but there were several important differences. This dog had no owner, no name, […]

Love does not exist – A valentines post

posted 14/2/11

Love is so humble that it seems impossible to ever really catch anything but the briefest glimpse of her. She is like a tiny field mouse dwelling in the dark. Should we hear her scratching in the corner and shine a light she will, quick as a flash, scurry away so that we catch sight […]