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Stupid Catholics with a Death Wish

Yet another example: The Diocese of Orlando recently reprimanded a sixth grade teacher at a Catholic school for an “unfortunate exhibit of disrespect.” What did he do? He provided printouts to students of St. John Bosco’s negative assessment of Islam....

Potemkin Universities

The universities are dead. Victor Davis Hanson: At most universities, if a scheduled campus lecturer expressed scholarly doubt about the severity of man-caused global warming and the efficacy of its government remedies, or questioned the strategies of the Black Lives...

Slaves Did Not Abolish Slavery

In my chapter on slavery in Darwinian Natural Right, I compared human slavery and ant slavery. The similarities suggest that both for human beings and for ants, slavery is a form of social parasitism in which slavemakers exploit their slaves through coercion and manipulation. Show More Summary

'America First' and the Values - Interests Distinction

I just read the following at The Atlantic: [Rex] Tillerson explained “America First” this way. It applies to “national security and economic prosperity, and that doesn’t mean it comes at the expense of others.” This defies common sense. Surely, if...

Texting Their Lives Away?

I am currently reading, among other things, Kevin Mitnick, The Art of Invisibility, Little, Brown & Co., 2017. A treatise on cyber-security, it strikes me as slightly alarmist, but Steve Wozniak recommends it. I don't have to tell you who...

Emotional Chatting Machine

Is this a breakthrough in robot emotion? Zhou et al describe the Emotional Chatting Machine (ECM), a chatbot which uses machine learning to return answers with a specified emotional tone. The ultimate goal of such bots is to produce a machine that can detect the emotional tone of an input and choose the optimum tone […]

Once More on the Bogus Aristotle 'Quotation'

The indefatigable Dave Lull delivers again. But first Uncle Bill's lessons for the day: 1) Be skeptical of all unsourced quotations. 2) Do not broadcast unsourced quotations unless you are sure they are correct. 3) Verify the sources of sourced...

Owen Gingerich on science and religoin

People in the scientific community think that the discoveries of science support their religious beliefs, but many are hesitant to make these claims of science itself, because they think that science, per se, can't talk about God. But based on that rule, per se science is by definition religiously neutral. Show More Summary

Nulla Dies Sine Linea: Bad Medieval Latin?

No day without a line. Should it be nullus dies sine linea? I don't know. The maxim in the form nulla dies sine linea entered my vocabulary circa 1970 from my study of Kierkegaard. The Dane had taken it as...

True Whether or Not Aristotle Said It

Be skeptical of all unsourced quotations. Where did the Stagirite say this? One finds the following bogus Camus quotation on several of those wretched unsourced quotation sites: "I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and...

The School of Fact and Reason

Even though, in the last two posts, I have provided some objections to creating a private set of atheist schools - a "school of fact and reason" - I am ultimately sympathetic to the project. I think that it would be a good idea for atheists...Show More Summary

A Broad Coalition of the Sane

In a comment thread I wrote, We need a broad coalition of the sane which would include many libertarians, the few liberals who haven't lost their minds, and most conservatives, with each subgroup tempering its own tendency toward extremism. Malcolm...

Multi-racial but not Multi-cultural

The USA cannot help but be a multi-racial society, but if we cannot agree on a common culture for public purposes with English as its official language and the values of the founding documents as its foundation, then the end...

Maverick Philosopher 13th Anniversary

I look forward to tomorrow and the start of Year 14. Operations commenced on 4 May 2004. Can you say cacoethes scribendi? I've missed only a few days in these thirteen years so it's a good bet I'll be blogging...

Polyamory

A reader sends us to an article on polyamory by Carrie Jenkins. The last time we had occasion to mention Professor Jenkins was when she was the recipient of a very sweet Christmas present from a certain proprietor of a...

Citation Graphs and Methodology

Last week I posted some graphs showing how often various journals cite other journals. Here is one of those graphs, just to remind you what they looked like. I didn’t say particularly clearly how I got the data, or even exactly what the graphs meant. So here’s the long methodology post showing how I ended … Continue reading "Citation Graphs and Methodology"

Gödel: The Third Degree

An article by Graham Oppy on Kurt Gödel's ontological argument.

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