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Be Careful with 'Over-represent' and 'Under-represent'

If you fancy yourself clear-thinking, then you ought to be very careful with the word 'over-represent' and its opposite. These words are ambiguous as between normative and non-normative readings. It is just a fact that there are proportionately more Asians...

Trump Eight Months In

He is doing pretty well, according to Hugh Hewitt. Surprisingly well, I would add, if you consider the formidable factions arrayed against him: the Democrat Party; the liberal media; knuckleheaded Never-Trumpers; Deep State operatives; Ryan, McConnell, McCain and the rest...

David Benatar, The Human Predicament, Chapter 2, Meaning

This is the second in a series of entries on Benatar's new book. The entries are collected here. Herewith, some notes on pp. 13-34. Summary does not constitute endorsement. Note also that my summary involves interpretation and extension and embellishments:...

Don't Surrender to the Left on Language

The Left's destructiveness extends even unto language. Shoot back against the linguistic hijackers. Here's some ammo from Peter Kreeft's Socratic Logic, 3rd ed., p. 36, n. 1: The use of the traditional inclusive generic pronoun "he" is a decision of...

Higher Education or Higher Enstupidation?

In case you haven't yet had your fill of academic insanity, take a gander at Heather MacDonald's Higher Ed's Latest Taboo is 'Bourgeois Norms.' Apparently, such norms are white-supremacist, misogynistic, and homophobic. And what norms might these be? Why, "hard...

Was the British Empire Good or Bad for the World?

Can you spare five minutes? Was the British Empire a good or bad thing for the world? To put it another way, is freedom a good or bad thing for the world? Historian and author H.W. Crocker III explains why...

Meglio l'uovo oggi . . .

... che la gallina domani. Better the egg today than the chicken tomorrow. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Moral luck and practical ethics

Morality is a practical institution - a tool that we have invented to make our lives better. This fact is important to understanding some features of morality. "Moral luck" is one of those features. A paradigm example of moral luck concerns a would be assassin. Show More Summary

Abdication of Authority by University Admins? Or Something Worse?

Just over the transom by someone in the trenches of academe: I wonder if it's true as you say that "the authorities abdicate". When I read things like this--they seem to come up about once a week now, or once...

Academic Insanity at Boise State

The authorities abdicate and the collapse of the universities continues apace. Another example: At Boise State University, in deep-red Idaho, a group of students is demanding that the university fire political scientist Scott Yenor for his scholarship on the intellectual...

Inconceivable arguments

Stephen Law has new arguments against physicalism (which is, approximately, the view that the account of the world given by physics is good enough to explain everything). He thinks conscious experience can’t be dealt with by physics alone. There is a well-established family of anti-physicalist arguments supporting this view which are based on conceivability; Law […]

Saturday Night at the Oldies: The Brown-Eyed Girls

Judy Collins, Cravings: How I Conquered Food, Doubleday 2017, pp. 112-113:... and writing Albert Grossmann that no, I did not want to join a trio of women he was bent on calling the Brown-Eyed Girls. He had...

Musical Plagiarism?

Beverly Maher and Gordon Jenkins, Crescent City Blues. Does this 1953 tune remind you of something? How about Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison Blues? 1955 version. Live San Quentin 1969 version.

Hedonist Paradox

There is this thing called the "Hedonist Paradox." Assume that the only thing you desire is pleasure. Human psychology seems to be built such that the best way to obtain pleasure is to value things other than pleasure, and to pursue them for their own sake. Show More Summary

Scientism, Underbelief, and Overbelief

The secular nail their colors to the mast of scientism. Or most of them do. Their attitude is an amalgam of underbelief and overbelief. Their underbelief is their belief that science alone is genuine knowledge. Their overbelief is that this...

The Paradox of the Misanthropic Naturalist Animal Lover

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, man and man alone among living things has a higher origin and a higher destiny. Made in the image and likeness of God, and the only creature so made, he comes from God and is called...

Sympathy for Hillary

To be competitive and indeed successful in this world often demands a level of self-assurance and inner certainty that is incompatible with acknowledgment of the sober truth about oneself. This is especially the case in the upper reaches of the...

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