Has Moved; Comments Now Closed

One of the saddest parts of moving on here is what I leave behind. I used to really like the discussion here, but now I’m finally getting too much comment spam that it’s no longer worth keeping the doors open. Therefore, effective immediately, I’m closing all comments on If you want to reach me to comment on an essay here, I hope you’ll follow me to my new website and consider contacting me directly.

I’ll be waiting for all of you on my new website,

On 17 Jun 2013 in All, Site Updates.
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Earlier, I discussed changing the name of the blog. Now I’ve made a decision: is now going to be

Therefore, you get Everyday Utilitarian, or my blog dedicated to my quest to become just that… an everyday utilitarian, or someone who seeks to put utilitarianism into their everyday life. This blog will definitely focus on the abstract debates you frequently see on philosophy blogs. But it will be a bit more than that. There will be self-improvement and lifestyle building as I craft my everyday utilitarianism. And there will be some discussion of science as it can help build utilitarian communities and answer deep questions about ethics. And there will be political commentary from my utilitarian perspective.

There are other self-improvement sites out there. But I don’t have all the answers, and I’m not out to give you advice. Instead, this blog is a personal blog about a journey, where I work on my life and give you updates on how things are going. And it’s about a particular kind of life — one that seeks to put utilitarianism into practice and make the world a better place. Hopefully you’ll take something out of it and enjoy it.

Let me know. will still exist as an archive and I’ll still respond to comments here. However, will no longer have any new essays added. Please update your bookmarks accordingly.

It was great writing here, but I look forward to the new era. I don’t think all that much will be different. “New look, same great taste”, as they say.

On 4 May 2013 in All, Site Updates.
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Blog Break For Finals, Plus An Upcoming Annoucement!

It’s quite clear to me already that work is piling up, so it must be time for the annual shut down of this blog right before finals. will resume 3 4 May.

…Or will it? Rest assured, I won’t stop blogging permanently. But on 3 4 May, I’ll make an announcement as to whether this blog will get a new name.

On 23 Apr 2013 in All, Site Updates.
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Why Bother Making Friends?

From time to time, I like to upload papers that I write for classes or research. Today, I’m highlighting a paper from my Personality Psychology class, fully entitled “Why Bother Making Friends? The Relationship Between Explanatory Style, Hope, Friendship Quality, Friendship Development, and Social Interaction Anxiety”. Here’s the abstract:

While optimism has received a lot of study, few studies have looked at interpersonal relationships or compared two different measures of optimism. In this study, it is hypothesized that both explanatory style and hope will have positive correlations with friendship quality, friendship development, and social interaction anxiety. Questionnaires were given to college students and it was found that only the agency subscale of hope had any correlation with friendship quality. Furthermore, neither hope nor explanatory style correlated with friendship development and only explanatory style and the pathways subscale of hope correlated with social interaction anxiety. The results of this study lead to speculation that one has less friendship quality not because of any particular behaviors one is or isn’t doing, but because less optimism leads one to just think more negatively about one’s friends. This study then concludes with a call for further research taking into account the findings and the methodological approach of including multiple measures of optimism.

I’ve made it available on Issuu and as a PDF. Let me know if you want it made available through any other methods.

On 22 Apr 2013 in All, Full Papers, Psychology.
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Weekly Link Roundup #72

The weekly link roundup is where I list links for the links that I liked for the week. Remember that I don’t necessarily agree with everything stated in every article. Feel free to comment or ask. Lastly, it may be worth noting that I do try to sort these links in the order that I like them, descending. You can see the other roundups via the category page.

  • Encourage Discussion, Not Defensiveness: “Getting more people behind a cause you care about can be a great way to really multiply your impact. To do this you need to be able to communicate your ideas in a way that allows people to engage with them fully. But this isn’t always easy. Rather than encouraging constructive discussion, presenting new ideas – especially about moral issues – can often spark confrontation.”
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On 19 Apr 2013 in All, Link Roundup.
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