Do you Believe in Mechanical Doping?

About a month ago, 60 Minutes ran a segment investigating the issue of so-called “mechanical doping” in cycling. The (admittedly silly) term refers to mechanical cheating, specifically, the surreptitious placement of motors in bicycles used in professional racing. I’ll get into the specifics in a moment, but will mention as a preface that the gist … More Do you Believe in Mechanical Doping?

Performance Enhancing Drugs and the Limits of Human Nature

As far as questions of ethics in sports go, cycling has been one of the most pronounced sources of moral dilemma. While the source of the dilemmas might seem obvious it’s worth examining their ostensible roots. Sports are supposed to be fair. Fairness is typically construed to mean that no participant should have access to … More Performance Enhancing Drugs and the Limits of Human Nature

“It’s Not Like Riding a Bike Will Change Anything”

I suspect a recurring theme on this blog will be: what’s the point? My inaugural post starts by facing this existential question. In a world where free-will seems dubious, or at least impotent in the face of powers beyond one’s control, and where one’s actions appear so insignificant and futile, what of ethics? I’ve routinely … More “It’s Not Like Riding a Bike Will Change Anything”

On Bicycles and Philosophy, or, Why I Write

After struggling for years to come up with a relatively focused topic to write about, I’ve finally stumbled upon one. It was actually pretty easy, I just combined my two favourite things: bicycles and philosophy. So, yeah bicycles are cool, but what’s the point of philosophy? I return to this question periodically at times of … More On Bicycles and Philosophy, or, Why I Write

Free Speech is a Paradox

The following statement captures an idea pervading the internet over the last few days: “Free speech, however, is not a toy. It is a responsibility, a compact, which democracy presupposes we are mature enough to use justly. We are called on as citizens not to use our rights for bacchanals of self-indulgence and emotional expectoration, … More Free Speech is a Paradox