Discovering Reiki and My Journey With It:

They lean back and raise an eyebrow. “Is it real or are you lying?” is the common reply. When I talk about Reiki, the way it works and my experience with it, I often get a lot of hesitation and rejection. Luckily, however, there are the few who rejoice in the fact they have met someone with similar interests and who can provide them with … Continue reading Discovering Reiki and My Journey With It:

Rainbow Snake, Symbolic Culture, and Gender Relations

This essay attempts to explain how the Australian Aboriginal Rainbow Snake personifies gender relations within Aboriginal Culture as well as how this relates to symbolic culture in general.  The Rainbow Snake is an integral part of Australian Aboriginal society and is often described as the ‘’principle culture hero among the Aborigines of north Australia’’ (Cowan 1994).  Considered to be both male and female, it incorporates … Continue reading Rainbow Snake, Symbolic Culture, and Gender Relations

Why is the Rioting Mob case described by Smart supposed to present a problem for the utilitarian?

Firstly in order to answer this question we must have a clear view as to what constitutes utilitarianism conceptually: ‘The term ‘utilitarianism’ stems from the idea of utility, meaning social utility or welfare, or ‘good of society.’ The ‘social utility’ that utilitarianism is referring to is the optimisation of pleasure over pain for everyone.’[1] Utilitarianism is a branch of consequentialist normative ethics whereby the ‘rightness’ … Continue reading Why is the Rioting Mob case described by Smart supposed to present a problem for the utilitarian?