Category Archives: Philosophy

Rogue One: A Story Worth Ending

Recently, I watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for the first time.  If you haven’t seen it and care about spoilers, you should just stop reading now, because I’m going to break down the plot for you. It’s certainly … Continue reading

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The Disappointment of Thanos

After watching the film “Avengers: Infinity War” I was disappointed. Not by the action, of course.  That was spectacular. And not by the acting.  Even the CGI tears were moving. So what was it?  Thanos was disappointing. Sure, he was … Continue reading

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Fair Questions: Why am I sympathetic to people who self-identify as non-binary?

One of the exercises I find quite valuable is taking someone else’s perspective with the assumption that they are basically rational.  None of us are perfectly rational, but most of us do make an effort to live in accord with … Continue reading

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Collected Aphorisms 2017

Editorial Note:  I have been asked by a small number of people over the last few years if I were going to write a book with my pithy thoughts and aphorisms.  I probably won’t because books are expensive to produce … Continue reading

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Profound Insight from Cosmo (Again)

As I’ve mentioned previously, about every six months someone will link to a Cosmo article, and I’ll grudgingly read it, hoping against all evidence that their usual approach has been replaced with something more substantive. This time, the title “Why … Continue reading

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The Once and Future Abortion Dilemma

Recently, a friend of mine shared a link from ScaryMommy regarding a dilemma posed to illustrate that not even people who take pro-life position on abortion actually believe that the embryo’s life is of equal value to a more developed … Continue reading

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The Sexist Science

Recently, I was reading an article over at VICE that contained many good points amidst the tangled web of editorial notes and reviews of a book entitled Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong by Angela Saini. I found myself in … Continue reading

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The Conceptual Hoax: A Blind Review

At the end of my previous post about the recent hoax paper entitled “The Conceptual Penis” I briefly alluded to the fact that this paper’s acceptance through the peer review process should concern all of us, even those of us … Continue reading

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The Conceptual Hoax: A Limp Trick

The recent hoax written about in Skeptic magazine has resulted in, no doubt, many terrible puns in response to the satirical article’s title, “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct.” Understandably, the authors of the article think that their hoax … Continue reading

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Does positive reinforcement work long-term?

In a very well-written article for Moultrie News, Jody Stallings addresses the topic of positive reinforcement as an educational tool.  His first point is that while positive reinforcement does seem to have benefits, it has stark limits. His central claims … Continue reading

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