The UFC and our own Mixed Martial Arts fight

… the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) continues its swift ascent from being “an almost unknown MMA show” to having graced the covers of Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine, its fighters like Randy “the Natural” Couture and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson having played key roles in some Hollywood big films. No wonder therefore that today, not a few youth around the world train to fight in MMA competitions. But unaware as many of us God’s children may be, we too are inevitably engaged in a brutal form of fight …


The Theistic Ethics and the cut-flower thesis


“... The attempts to found a morality apart from religion are like the attempts of children who, wishing to transplant a flower that pleases them, pluck it from the roots that seem to them unpleasing and superfluous, and stick it rootless into the ground. Without religion there can be no real, sincere morality, just as without roots there can be no real flower... ”


Non-theists' moral foundations: An analysis

“... Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that the atoms inside my skull happen for physical or chemical reasons to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a bye-product, the sensation I call thought. But if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It is like upsetting a milk-jug and hoping that the way the splash arranges itself will give you a map of London... "


Why Pacquiao should learn defense or be knocked out by Mayweather


Boxing is basically a self-defense discipline. So though being superb in offense is an advantage in this sports, seriously training how to defend oneself is indispensable to win over an equally skilled opponent. Watch this funny video of an MMA fight to understand this point. Happy viewing!

Learn to Write Alphabets

Back to school! Moms, are you having a hard time teaching your preschoolers how to write the alphabets? This video is a fun way to teach them. Good luck!


KIMBERLY BALTAZAR, the contributor, is from a university in Manila, Philippines who hopes this poem she wrote 3 years ago would be published here at (You, too, can have your articles published here. Send them through e-mail to

I WISH, I WISH upon a star
Let not thy admirer fail
For my desire is kind of rare
More than in an ocean can a ship ever sail
More than can Poseidon ever see
The oceans of desire deep within me ...


Subjectivism: Another challenge in Ethics



"...  Ethical Subjectivism is the idea that our moral opinions are based on our feelings, and nothing more. In this view, there is no such thing as “objective” right or wrong. It is a fact that some people are homosexual and some are heterosexual; but it is not a fact that one is good and the other bad. So when someone says that homosexuality is wrong, he is, according to the theory, not stating a fact about homosexuality but merely saying something about his feelings toward it ..."


Cultural Relativism: A challenge in Ethics

"... the ancient Persian King Darius was once intrigued by the diversity of customs and cultures he came across in his journeys. He had noticed, for example, that a tribe of Indians called Callatians customarily ate the corpse of their fathers. The Greeks, on the other hand, performed cremation as they considered the funeral pyre as the natural and appropriate means to dispose of the deceased ..."



Secularists' explanations on some ethical facts

AT LEAST THREE PHILOSOPHICAL CAMPS that reject “God-based morality” ([1] the non-theists, [2] those who say that there may be God but morality does not at all come from a Supernatural being, and [3] those who hold that “Godless morality” is better than “God-based morality” regardless of whether or not there is God) offer various explanations for some facts about morality. Let us check if their explanations that do away with the idea of God could really explain the ethical facts they wish to explicate.


10 common errors in students' papers



WELL, TEACHERS TOO sometimes commit them. And these errors occur not just in students’ papers but also during recitations and in answering essay questions during exams.

Tim O’Keefe of University of Minnesota at Morris, in his article “Some Common Grammar and Usage Mistakes in Undergraduate Philosophy Papers” (© 2001 Tim O'Keefe), explains how the following terms are properly used:

 1. “They” and “their”

This sentence is grammatically incorrect: “Billy exclaims that someone has to be responsible for their actions, they have to be accountable to their own deeds.” O’Keefe explains that “’they’ and ‘their’ are plural pronouns, not singular ones.” Since “someone” is a singular pronoun, “their” and “they” are not supposed to be used in the sentence.  O’Keefe gives, as an example, the following sentence that contains a similar mistake: “A person who cares only about their own happiness will not achieve happiness.”





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