The universe is terrifying.

Image for post
Image for post
This is a picture of a scary space cloud called Barnard 68, a dark nebula. Image credit ESO, used with permission.

This is part of a creative project, which you can read about here.

Where is somewhere you’d never want to travel to and why?

Response:

Dear humans. It’s me, the Lord. I figured now would be a good time to drop by and see how things are going and let you in on some tips and tricks for existing.

The universe is a pretty big place. There are a lot of shitty places you could go. I mean, do whatever you want, but I’m just saying…things could turn into a living nightmare pretty quick. For example, I really recommend staying…


The question has perplexed people for ages

Image for post
Image for post
Image by donterase from Pixabay

Okay, maybe this exact question hasn’t perplexed people for ages. Heraclitus and Plato didn’t own bicycles. The same kind of question has been around for a long time, though. Here’s a thought experiment.

Suppose I have an ordinary bicycle. I decide for one reason or another to replace the saddle (or what I, being a degenerate knuckle dragger, would call the seat). I just don’t like the way it feels, or I don’t like its color, or whatever. So I take my bicycle and I change out one part for another.

Do I have the same bicycle that I started…


Thanks for reading about the metaphysical questions surrounding persistence and change! If you’re still interested in the topic, or if you’re concerned that philosophers have simply mucked things up and you want to clear the way, check out the resources below.

Some of the links will take you to Amazon where you can buy the books, and they may be affiliate links (just FYI and for full disclosure). However, if you don’t want to buy the books, I can assure you that you can find most of them for free online using *ahem* certain Russian websites…not that you should…but you…


Most people don’t believe this.

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

This is part of a creative project, which you can read about here.

Do you believe in something most people don’t? What keeps you believing?

I believe I am a member of many worlds. That is to say, I think every logically possible way that anything could be is the way some world really is. And all the worlds are equally real. We just happen to live in this world, but it’s not special. It’s just where we happen to be, just like how here is where I happen to be sitting as I write this.

This idea, that logically…


Of all the things I’ve wanted to try…

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Linus Schütz from Pixabay

This is part of a creative series you can read about here.

What is something you want to learn but have been too afraid to try?

Response:

Of all the things I’ve always wanted to learn, backwards time travel surely tops the list. But I’m too scared to try it, largely due to an existential worry. The twentieth century French philosopher, Jean Paul Sartre, observed that though this time period might not be the best on in history, yet it is our time period. He meant his, of course, but the point generalizes.

Is the meaning of an individual comprised…


It was the same year I met *her*

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

This is post #2 of a creative project I’m working on. You can read about it here.

What is your idea of the perfect summer?

Response:

The perfect summer had snow. It was the same year I met her.

The weatherman had predicted a balmy seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit with sun, beginning in late spring and lasting for at least a few weeks into the summer. Despite this, a miracle would occur, though the top scientists and philosophers tried very hard to explain it away with their most sophisticated theories, creating quite a tangle. …


A creative project

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Manfred Zajac from Pixabay

Yesterday, while visiting the grocery store, I picked up a copy of a notebook called 300 More Writing Prompts. I don’t know what inspired me to grab it. Maybe it was the fact that it was only five bucks, and I felt like it would be a cheap way to inspire some creativity that also had a physical presence in my life. I could have just looked up writing prompts online, but I wanted something physical, and this little book is bound in a way so that its pages lay flat and are easy to write on. …


3 cheap (and tasty!) meals I’ve discovered out of necessity, because I’m poor.

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Two things are important to understand right away. First, I really do enjoy food. I’m one of those annoying, snobby, over-educated PhD students who likes fancy alcohol and craft chocolate and various other “hipstery” artisan goods. Second, I really don’t like spending money. I live on a stipend, primarily, and while it’s generous for its kind, it’s not exactly luxury.

I’ll admit I love spending money when I have enough of it to justify spending it. But I don’t like spending it on what I would call “fuel”. Food, most of the time, is fuel. It’s a necessary evil.

I…


Not another one of these.

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Wilfried Pohnke from Pixabay

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Not another one of these. Why should you sit there and listen to just one more millennial white guy blather on about how he bootstrapped himself into the Medium elite by starting a newsletter? This is getting old.

And you’re right. You’re right.

Just to prove it to you, I promise I won’t even share one of those annoying screenshots. You know the ones. The ones you can’t help but painstakingly analyze the picture for imperceptible clues to success while you self-sabotage by instantly and irrevocably comparing yourself and your income to the author…


Follow my ex’s dad’s advice…really

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

I’ll be really upfront about the fact that I’ve made some mistakes in life. Except for a couple years in late grade school, my parents homeschooled me all the way up through high school graduation, and I decided to go to college too early. I dropped out of a couple of colleges before finding the right one. I took out too many loans for undergrad and then for grad school. I got married at age twenty-three and then divorced at twenty-eight.

Yeah, that’s right, I got married when I was twenty-three. Generally, I would advise against getting married that young…

Joshua Jarrott

I’m a PhD Candidate in philosophy at Central European University. I want people to get excited about ideas.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store