Breggen, Hendrik van der
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Hendrik van der Breggen received a B.A. in Philosophy from University of Calgary, an M.A. in Philosophy from University Windsor, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of Waterloo. His study and writing interests include logic, ethics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of science - done with the goal of getting closer to the true, the good, and the beautiful.


New! Scrolling on your phone puts you at the mercy of misleading headlines about Gaza

For many in today's TikTok world, awareness of news is limited to mere headlines. Instead of carefully reading reports, screen-fatigued people tend merely to scroll from one headline to the next. I'm guilty of that. Probably you are, too. Enter: The problem of the misleading headline. This is a mistake (or is it?) whereby a news headline doesn't convey the truth (or full truth) contained in the story. Those who've been made stupid by their smartphones are especially susceptible to this issue. Sadly, misleading headlines can create or reinforce propaganda and distort public opinion about any number of issues.

Date posted: 2024-07-04

Trudeau is gaslighting Canadians about abortion

The question arises: How can Canada's PM get away with this inconsistency? It turns out that our PM is engaged in gas lighting Canadians, i.e., telling us lies (some bigger than others) so we'll doubt truth and believe him (and his abortion ideology).

Date posted: 2022-10-10

Reframing the Covid-19 scapegoat: Trudeau is the culprit

Why wasn't Canada's health care system built up enough to withstand being overwhelmed?

Date posted: 2021-12-15

We need some healthy scepticism about science and medicine

I would like to make a brief case for reasonable scepticism about science and medicine. The study of history helps us understand goings-on in the past. We learn from the past. And, as is well known, it's wise not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Date posted: 2021-10-10

'Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end'

Fallible thoughts about Covid-19 vaccination from an old and tired (and retired) Canadian philosopher.

Date posted: 2021-10-06

Does Canada's Bill C-7 ignore a dark lesson from history?

C-7 promotes ableism, the view that able-bodied people are superior - more worthy of life.

Date posted: 2021-04-15

Is abortion really 'essential health care'?

Social and economic problems require social and economic solutions, not the killing of children.

Date posted: 2021-01-13