Only then can we have all the great ideological battles we have been wanting to fight but cannot – trapped as we are, swinging at the empty air in our own little bubbles.
What we need as a society is more philosophy, more ethics, and better morality.
The term “Charm” isn’t used all that much anymore, and to be honest the last time I heard it used in day to day conversation was to sound purposefully formal in describing someone. So maybe there is something to the notion it has fallen out of favor.
When the supreme court of any country has to step in to settle a bitterly contested question of medical ethics, you know the case has the potential for far-reaching consequences.
Introducing the Lizard Control System.
Should we believe in falsehoods when doing so works better?
This is the poem I try to remember to read every November 1st
Thinking about thinking about…
Gabriel Conroy examines the appeal to disbelief.
Pretty Much What It Says On The Tin
On the book “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer and the act of eating animals.
Mob Violence, Heckler’s Veto, and the Consent of the Governed
Knowledge, belief, credulity, close-mindedness, etc.: What to do, what to do… Perhaps nothing.
Wetting some of the fray over rights and responsibilities.
The book we all need to read… twice.
Guidelines for thinking about using ad hominem arguments.
Ad hominems probably aren’t valid. But we can’t get away from them, and we’ll have to learn how to deal with them.
Sometimes mental illnesses have been metaphorically described as “demons.” “Mental illness” may well be a metaphor too. As I have concluded, there is truth in metaphor.
Andrew Sullivan’s comments on Plato and American democracy need a little unpacking.
Oscar talks about engineering and the choices that go into it.
Paging Elizabeth Picciuto! Paging Elizabeth Picciuto! We have an ethics emergency!
League Alum Jamelle Bouie asked: “On a D&D alignment chart, where would you put The Punisher?”
Conservatism stresses deference to the unseen. Trump rejects that out of hand, and he’s on the verge of the Republican nomination. What happened?
Power, in the absence, of authority, can inspire some obedience, but no respect.
Are we addicted to outrage or just narcissistic opinion-having?
How does the unregulated “free market” determine the wages paid to prostitutes?
Libertarianism and the Left, and the more general problem for metaphysically individualist liberalism.
Coates vs Sanders… and Lincoln
If we are willing to admit that there are social and political problems that we do not yet seem to have solved, then an examination of other-than-democratist and other-than-modernist thought may not be merely interesting to a few, but useful for the many, or even necessary.
Vikram thinks confirmation bias may be an adaptation to a bigger problem. Also, he finally saw Star Wars VII.
I’m super-interested in this book, just like Bill Clinton is and John Adams and Thomas Jefferson probably would have been.
How does the “slippery slope” relate to “post hoc ergo propter hoc” with a discussion of “causation” in a legal context.
To be fair, Slippery Slope arguments can at times be highly predictive. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t still a blight on clear thinking and honest discourse.
Post hoc, ergo propter hoc.
Burt Likko took a sabbatical from public affairs for two months. What did he learn?