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Is Anything Real Self-Identical?

I am sometimes tempted by the following line of thought. But I am also deeply suspicious of it. Are the 'laws of thought' 'laws of reality' as well? Since such laws are necessities of thought, the question can also be...

Christology, Reduplicatives, and Qua-Entities

For Dave Bagwill, who is trying to understand the Chalcedonian definition................. Consider this triad, and whether it is logically consistent: 1. The man Jesus = the 2nd Person of the Trinity. 2. The 2nd Person of the Trinity exists...

Mail Voting and Civic Ritual

The latest NRO column from Spencer Case, our man 'on the ground' in Boulder. Excerpt: A voter, no less than a judge or a juror, has the ability and obligation to transcend personal desires and to think in terms of...

Chimps Play Fair in the Ultimatum Game

The model of Homo economicus--that human beings are rational maximizers of their selfish interests--has been challenged by ultimatum bargaining experiments. In the ultimatum game, there is a pool of money (say $100) to be split between two people. Show More Summary

First-Order and Second-Order Voter Fraud

Here: One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black...

Is There a Moral Duty to Cut Taxes?

So claims David Cameron (ungated version here):It is morally right that the rich pay their fair share in tax; and right that those who are able to contribute to our public services and safety nets do so.But what is morally wrong is government spending money as if it grows on trees. Show More Summary

Vote the Party, Not the Candidate

Here’s why. Whatever party takes over the Senate will not only be able to appoint the body’s Majority Leader, it will control the committee chairmanships, which in turn will determine what types of legislation will be entertained by the Senate....

One Person, Two Natures

A reader inquires, The Creed of Chalcedon (A.D 451) set forth the following dogma, among others: (my emphasis) ".. one and the same Christ....to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by...

Ad Ignorantiam and the Law

The day before yesterday I wrote, In a criminal case the probative bar is set very high: the accused has to be shown guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Here too there seems to be a legitimate appeal to ignorance: if...

Halloween Friday Cat Blogging!

I Ain't Superstitious, leastways no more than Howlin' Wolf, but two twin black tuxedo cats just crossed my path. All dressed up with nowhere to go. Nine lives and dressed to the nines. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Superstition. Guitar solo starts...

Burden of Proof, Appeal to Ignorance, Safety Considerations, and God

Firearms instructors sometimes say that every gun is loaded. That is plainly false as it stands, but a wise saying nonetheless if interpreted to mean: every gun is to be presumed loaded until proven unloaded. Presumptions are procedural rules. To...

October Ends . . .

... and we say farewell once again to Jack Kerouac, cat man and mama's boy, as he prepares to "leave all San Francisco behind and go back home across autumn America" proving once again to his romantic predecessor...

Paul Draper on God and the Burden of Proof

A concise paper by a pro in the philosophy of religion. For now I simply note its existence and availability. Some discussion later perhaps.

Jerry Coyne's Latest Outburst re: Pope Francis, Big Bang and Evolution

It doesn't merit a lot of attention, but I will mention two stupid moves that Jerry "Seinfeld" Coyne makes. Or if not stupid, then intellectually dishonest. (I am not suggesting that Jerry Seinfeld is stupid; I am alluding to his...

And Yet You Insist that Islam is no Threat to Our Values?

Berkeley's Jihad Against Bill Maher It's a funny world in which conservatives are the new liberals (old sense!) and liberals (new sense!) are the new fascists.

Seductive, but Fallacious

For an anarchist to claim that without laws there would be no criminals would be like claiming that without chemists there would be no chemicals.

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