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On Possibility

David Brightly comments: The view I've arrived at is that sentences involving 'possibility' can be re-written into sentences involving just 'possibly', and that our modal notions arise from our encounter with inference. I'm happy to say, There is the possibility...

Colonel Jeff Cooper's Situational Awareness Color Codes

Here is a good article on the topic addressed to law enforcement officers, but useful for the ordinary citizen. Under ORANGE below read 'if possible' for 'if necessary.' Condition White is fine while in your house, assuming your house is...

What is consciousness good for?

Further to the question of conscious vs non-conscious action, here’s a recent RSA video presenting some evidence. Nicholas Shea presents with Barry Smith riding shotgun. There’s a mention for one piece of research also mentioned by Di Nucci; preventing expert golfers from concentrating consciously on their shot actually improves their performance (it does the opposite […]

Chess is Racist!

Not only is chess racist, it is also sexist and patriarchal. The fact that the Queen is the most powerful piece on the board proves nothing to the contrary. The powers allowed to the Queen are in truth nothing more...

Know Your Internet History!

Origins of the Drudge Report. There are thinkers and there are linkers. Matt Drudge linked his way to fame and fortune.

Sharon Street, "A Darwinian Dilemma for Realist Theories of Value"

I have finished the first reading assignment for Phil 5110: Contemporary Moral Theory: Sharon Street, "A Darwinian Dilemma for Realist Theories of Value", Philosophical Studies (2006) 127:109- 166. Since I claim to be a realist about value, one would think that I would have a problem with this argument. Show More Summary

Tom Gilson analyzes the fourth L in the LLL argument

LLL, is, of course, Liar, Lunatic, or Lord. It is based on C. S. Lewis's argument in Mere Christianity: I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. Show More Summary

UK Shuts Down Independent Midwives

A new low for harmful government over-regulation: The UK has just regulated independent midwives out of business (at least for the time being). The Nursing and Midwifery Council decided that they did not consider the indemnity coverShow More Summary

Schall on Obama

I am surprised at how hard-hitting this is. But the punches land right on target. From the first time I saw Mr. Obama, his First Inaugural, I said to myself, “This is a classical tyrant” and wrote an article to...

PHIL 5110: Contemporary Moral Theory

222 days until the start of classes. Or... 0 days, depending on how you look at it. In looking at the University of Colorado course listings, I found a class in this spring semester that sounded very interesting. Professor Iskra Fileva that appeared to be interesting. PHIL 5110: Contemporary Moral Theory SEC 001, TR 3:30-4:45, HLMS 237 Prof. Show More Summary

58 Most Commonly Misused Words and Phrases

A list by Steven Pinker. Refreshingly prescriptivist. I agree with every example. For instance, • Begs the question means assumes what it should be proving and does not mean raises the question. Correct: "When I asked the dealer why I...

Numerical and Qualitative Identity and Radical Flux

Philosophers often use 'numerically' in contrast with 'qualitatively' when speaking of identity or sameness. If I tell you that I drive the same car as Jane, that is ambiguous: it could mean that Jane and I drive one and the...

Plagiarism

How could you, Monica Crowley? Well, at least you are in good company. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. plagiarized portions of his Boston University dissertation: A committee of scholars appointed by Boston University concluded today [10 October 1991] that the...

The Urbanites and the Rustics

Here is Victor David Hanson in yet another penetrating column, Trump and the American Divide: Is there something about the land itself that promotes conservatism? The answer is as old as Western civilization. For the classical Greeks, the asteios (“astute”;...

Disbelieving alieving

Did my aliefs make me do that? Ezio Di Nucci thinks we need a different way of explaining automatic behaviour. By automatic, he means such things as habits and ‘primed’ or nudged behaviour; quite a lot of what we do is not the consequence of a consciously pondered decision; yet it manages to be complex […]

Old Earth Ministries on the Intelligent Design Movement

Here. 8. What Do You Think About the Intelligent Design (ID) movement? Any Christian who believes God created the world, in either the young or old earth system, believes in an intelligent designer. We support the ID movement in concept, but not necessarily its tactics.

Political Oikophobia and Trump Derangement Syndrome

Oikophobia is an irrational fear of household items, surroundings, and the like. Political oikophobia is an irrational aversion to one's own country, culture, traditions, and countrymen. I suggest we call the opposite political oikophilia, an irrational love of one's own...

Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?

An important essay by Robert Nozik. (HT: C. Cathcart) Teaser quotation: Intellectuals now expect to be the most highly valued people in a society, those with the most prestige and power, those with the greatest rewards. Intellectuals feel entitled to...

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