All posts by Joshua Krook

Joshua Krook is an author and thinker interested in law, social psychology, video game design and the pitfalls of specialization. He is currently pursuing a PhD on the creation of a liberal arts law school, dedicated to the teaching of law as a humanities subject, with skepticism, critical thinking and the 'Real' Socratic method at the core of teaching. Josh regularly speaks at university events and forums on issues of politics and culture, empathy, law, vocational education, and the reformulation of today’s employment system. Outside of writing, Josh owns his own video game development company, Atreyu Games, which aims to tell interactive stories as a form of video game literature. Follow him on twitter: @JoshKrook

How to Combat Schadenfreude, or Enjoying The Pain of Others

Due to evolution, when our enemy is hurt, we celebrate. When our enemy is killed, we chant in the streets. When many of our enemies are killed we declare: "mission accomplished" on an aircraft carrier. Survival of our 'tribe' mandates joy at the death of our enemies just as it mandates sadness at the death ...

History of a Sketch During War: A View of the Taking of Quebec (1759)

In 1759 General James Wolfe launched a daring British offensive up the St. Lawrence River to attack the robustly fortified city of Quebec, the heart of French colonialism in North America. General Wolfe would later die at the battle (depicted here). Hailed as the “battle that won Canada”, the ensuing battle on the Plains of ...

Cezanne’s Writings and Finding Meaning in Nature

It’s becoming increasingly difficult as time progresses for humanity to have any connection to nature. And almost to solidify this, a lot of the books written on the subject seem to us to be some misguided attempt to strip away the modern pleasures that we enjoy – technology, entertainment and lifestyle. We rebel against the ...

On the Future of Pointless Jobs, the 9-5 Work Day and the Robot Revolution

When we see the world through the lens of how things currently are, it is almost impossible to imagine things differently without in some way imparting some of the existing dynamics into the imagined future. Ask a random person on the street today why they work a nine to five job, and they will give ...

An Entitlement Complex, or Gen Y’s Quest for Meaning?

In the late 1950s, Frederick Herzberg conducted surveys on what we now term “The Greatest Generation,” those who fought during WWII. Selecting a group of factory workers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Herzberg asked “what do you like and dislike about your job?” After months of research and a literature review of thousands of similar studies, Herzberg concluded ...

A Place to Call Home: International Student Housing in Sydney

In a recent Senate Committee, Liberal Senator Sean Edwards repeatedly referred to the majority occupancy of international students of affordable student housing as a “rorting” of the system. He said that the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), set up by the Rudd government, had a significant “loophole” that allowed, for instance, Monash University to house ...

The Right to Personality in the Workplace (Dismantling The Private and Public Self)

The ultimate aim of the employment system is not to create a self. This is a long-forgotten aim in some distant, lost century. The aim now is to package the self, to create the illusion of a self in such a way that that self is appetising to those willing to try it out. This ...

The Old Man and the Paper Plane: Is the Economy Enough to Sustain Meaning?

Imagine an eighty-year-old man who has been working his entire life and has forgotten what his childhood felt like. He has, like Citizen Kane, achieved the heights of commercial success but with the consequent sacrifice of boyish mannerisms, mischief and imagination. He has a lot of tremendous cash value –cars, boats, houses- but he still feels ...

The Seven Sins of Modern Thinking

There are seven sin in modern thinking that have emerged in recent years. To my mind, these holes are as damaging to society as the logical fallacies of old (and still include some of them) as they taunt us with irrational thought and judgment that leads to bad decision-making.They Include:1) Systems cannot be changed:The idea that systems cannot ...

Worrying Changes to Bail Laws in NSW

The NSW Bail laws are undergoing fundamental reform, spurred on by knee-jerk public reaction to bail decisions.  1) The presumption of innocence has been removed as an independent clause and has been moved to a new preamble of the actThe presumption of innocence now appears alongside the more 'community-driven' considerations: “the need to ensure the safety ...