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Archived Since:February 15, 2009

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Bill Maher and Sam Harris Hammer Ben Affleck

A lively 'conversation' about Islam. Affleck outs himself as a perfect idiot while getting slaughtered by the Maher-Harris tag team. Around 2:05 he starts to quote the Declaration of Independence (second paragraph) and the line about all men being endowed...

Arizona and California Gas Prices

Big road trip last weekend: Phoenix, Barstow, Bakersfield, Santa Barbara and back by a different route. The Jeep Wrangler runs on unleaded regular. Paid $3.349/gal on 9/27 at Quartzsite, AZ off of I-10, one of the last Arizona gas-ups enroute...

Will Rogers

"Never miss a good chance to shut up." More cowboy wisdom here.

Saturday Night at the Oldies: Route 66

Jack Kerouac in a letter from 17 January 1962: "Everybody is making money off my ideas, like those "Route 66" TV producers, everybody except me...." (Selected Letters 1957-1969, ed, Charters, Viking 1999, p. 326; see also...

When Atheists Eat Their Own: The Sexism Charge

Allegedly, the New Atheism has a "shocking woman problem": Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins are "misogynists." Thus Amanda Marcotte in Salon. (See also Kathe Pollitt in The Nation). This appears to be the latest PC purge. It is true that...

O. J. Simpson: Trial of the Century?

It was on this date in 1995 that the verdict in the O. J. Simpson murder trial came down: not guilty! To refer to this proceeding as the trial of the century ought to offend anyone with a modicum of...

Generic and Specific Problems of Evil: The Nature and Tractability of the Problem Depends on the Type of Theism Espoused

A reader requests some help in a debate he is having with some atheists re: the problem of evil. My advice: don't debate atheists. Read their arguments and consider them carefully. Then think the problem through for yourself in as.....

Susan Haack: Philosophy Profession in Thrall of Dreadful Rankings

The following portion of an interview by Richard Carrier of Susan Haack puts one in mind of Brian Leiter whose main disservice to academic philosophy has been his contribution to its hyperprofessionalization. S.H.: I had begun to express concern about...

Brian Leiter: Recent Developments and Further Insight into His Character

I thank my readers for keeping me apprised of these unsavory matters. Recent manifestations of Leiter's thuggish nature are documented in a Statement of Concern by Sally Haslanger and David Velleman. Further information and hyperlinks at The Daily Nous, here...

The Orwellian Inversion of the Free Speech Movement

We are coming up on the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement spearheaded by Mario Savio at the University of California, Berkeley. Sol Stern remembers in The Unfree Speech Movement.

James V. Schall on Taking the Islamic State Seriously

Here is essential reading if you want to understand the nature of Islam and its threat to the West and its values. If Schall is right, the Obama administration understands nothing about either and is putting us in grave danger...

The MavPhil Doctrine of Abrogation

In cases of 'Emersonian' inconsistency, later entries of this weblog abrogate earlier ones. For an explanation of 'Emersonian' inconsistency and its difference from logical inconsistency, see On Diachronic or 'Emersonian' Consistency. Related articles On Diachronic or 'Emersonian' Consistency Logic, Hypocrisy,...

Islam and the Perils of Psychological Projection

I have found that it is dangerous to assume that others are essentially like oneself. Psychologists speak of projection. As I understand it, it involves projecting (etymologically, throwing outward) into others one's own attitudes, beliefs, motivations, fears, emotions, desires, values,...

Obama: "ISIL is not Islamic"

What's the reasoning behind Obama's statement? Perhaps this: 1. All religions are good. 2. Islam is a religion Ergo 3. Islam is good 4. ISIL is not good. Ergo 5. ISIL is not Islamic. This little argument illustrates how one...

A Warning From the Archbishop of Mosul

Armenian Orthodox church in Raqqa, Syria, now an ISIS office Source (emphases and minor corrections added) Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese....

The Religion of Peace or the Religion of Beheading?

Jeff Jacoby, Why Beheading? Excerpt: There is more to the Islamist passion for decapitation than psychological warfare and a hunger for notoriety. There is also Muslim theology and history, and a mandate going back to the Koran. In a 2005...

Genuine Inquiry and Two Forms of Pseudo-Inquiry: Sham Reasoning and Fake Reasoning

In Philosophers Who Compartmentalize and Those Who Don't, I drew a distinction between 1. Philosophical inquiry pursued in order to support (defend and rationally justify) an antecedently held thesis or worldview whose source is extraphilosophical and 2. Philosophical inquiry pursued...

Patriarchy and Rape Culture Flourish in Boulder . . .

... if this pathetic piece can be believed. But it so reads like a parody of POMO rhetoric that it negates itself. The writer is an alumna of the UC Boulder Philosophy Department. One hopes that she is...

Robert Paul ('Howlin') Wolff in Cloud Cuckoo Land

When Robert Paul Wolff strays from the 'reservation' of Good Sense and floats up to Cloud Cuckoo Land I refer to him as 'Howlin' Wolff.' The man is quite a study, a representative specimen of the species, academic leftist. When...

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