Dawkins Vs. Williams

Your lecture of the week this week is more a discussion than anything else, between the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the wannabe professional atheist Richard Dawkins. Many great points here made by Mr. Williams, and Dawkins restrains himself from the usual hysterics. Very worth the time…

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Systematic positive thinking began, in the nineteenth century, among a diverse and fascinating collection of philosophers, mystics, lay healers, and middle-class women. By the twentieth century, though, it had gone mainstream, gaining purchase within such powerful belief systems as nationalism and also doing its best to make itself indispensable to capitalism. We don’t usually talk…

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Against One Anti-Death Penalty Argument

There is very little evidence that the death penalty has a positive effect from a consequentialist perspective – and of course the moral aspect should never be overlooked. There is no good reason that the death penalty should be retained when the fullness of incapacitation exists in maximum security prisons. Still an argument circulates which…

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Fields of Giants

You likely know a football player or two who played in college or professionally. If they are from an older generation, they might be tall or large, but changes are they are not hugely so. Today’s players, on the other hand, are gigantic. Check out this data set I wish I could embed on my…

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Inequality, Revisted; Version 2388725

Household inequality is portrayed as a vast chasm of destructive essence which will lead to the fracturing of the country and world if it continues. No justification is ever given for GINI coefficients having much to do with a failing economy (at least, never without serious confounding variables), but the assertion is maintained as true…

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