Individual Petals of the Same Flower: The Collective Fabric in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia

Nature vs. Nurture is one of my favorite philosophical debates. On one side of the ring, RenĂ© Descartes, suggesting that human beings are born with innate ideas that inform our decision-making and relationship with the world for the rest of our lives. Across from Descartes stands John Locke, who suggested that human beings begin life …

Battling Ego and Searching for Love in Boogie Nights

The eternal struggle of the human circumstance is discovering the purpose of one's life. We spend countless hours in school, working jobs, or deep in thought attempting to ascertain the reason for our existence. For some, they believe that discovering what they are most passionate about, or that for which they have a particular talent …