Free Will and Machinery: The US Justice System Has Nothing to Do with It

Choosing a Jury: Time for a Peer Review This article is going to present a thought experiment I’ve imagined and spent time thinking about based on the concept of free will in order to explore how machinery could put this concept into question. Black Mirror is an instance of such contemporary reflections, where previous ideas … More Free Will and Machinery: The US Justice System Has Nothing to Do with It

From Vinyl to Spotify: A Look at Physical Possessions

Not to sound like a boomer, but nowadays, our entire lives are spent behind screens. I’m not saying it’s necessarily a bad thing! Technology has allowed us to achieve some pretty amazing feats, but it is no lie that most of us probably spend too much time on our phones and on our laptops. Everything … More From Vinyl to Spotify: A Look at Physical Possessions

Ambiguous Hush: An Ecocritical Reading of John Clare’s ‘The Nightingale’s Nest’

I recently stumbled onto a short YouTube clip of the philosopher, Slavoj Žižek, in which he said that although we humans emerged from nature and are a part of the biological phenomenon of the natural world, this fact does not mean that how we conceive of nature is necessarily accurate or objective. The way we … More Ambiguous Hush: An Ecocritical Reading of John Clare’s ‘The Nightingale’s Nest’

Cooking Diaries: “Failure is part of the Art”

Back in December, I went through a rough patch where I was feeling mentally, emotionally, and physically drained. The weekend prior to my final exams was spent in bed moping and sopping around, and watching hours and hours of Claire from the Bon Appétit test kitchen. Actually, I also watched other videos created by Bon … More Cooking Diaries: “Failure is part of the Art”

Writer’s Block is Looking for New Editorial Board Members!

Writer’s Block Magazine is looking for fresh, enthusiastic and creative editorial board members! Do you like writing and editing? Do you have any journalistic aspirations? Then join the Writer’s Block editorial board! What/who is Writer’s Block?Writer’s Block Magazine is a student-run magazine at University of Amsterdam. We have an international readership and contributors from across … More Writer’s Block is Looking for New Editorial Board Members!

Shine on (you) Crazy Diamond #2: Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

Shine on (you) Crazy Diamond, other than being a not so subtle reference to the magnificent music of Pink Floyd, is also the title for this series of articles hellbent on making you discover underrated artworks that have nothing but passion and a heaping amount of psychedelics in them. With that out of the way, … More Shine on (you) Crazy Diamond #2: Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace