Archive for November 2006

Nigel Warburton Interviews Richard Norman *

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‘The success of scientific explanations of the natural world makes religious explanations redundant.’… Read the rest

Oral History Bumps into Regulation *

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With colleges wary of potential lawsuits, oral historians find their work caught up in regulatory reviews.… Read the rest

Michael Walzer on the Utilitarianism of Extremity *

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When our deepest values are radically at risk, the constraints lose their grip.… Read the rest

Why Arendt Matters *

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Arendt blurred categories; a philosopher who offered notes on the very latest world affairs.… Read the rest

Ronald Dworkin Reviews Peter Kramer’s Freud *

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‘Freudian analysis is not science; it is fashion, totally dependent on public acclaim.’… Read the rest

How to Train a Computer to Think Like a Person *

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Intelligence Augmentation uses human beings as part of computer programs.… Read the rest

Scott McLemee on the Yale Book of Quotations *

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Billie Holliday and Bob Dylan, worth the space, but ‘Plop plop fizz fizz’?… Read the rest

Nigel Warburton Interviews Stephen Law *

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Consider the relationship between sentimentality and Christmas.… Read the rest

Are we rational self-interested choosers?

Nov 30th, 2006 | By H E Baber

The fact is that most of the people engaged in political violence today—from the Basque country to the Philippines—are not fighting for individual rights, nor for that matter are they fighting to establish an Islamist caliphate. Most are fighting for a national homeland for the ethnic nation to which they belong. For most human beings other than deracinated north Atlantic elites, the question of the unit of government is more important than the form of government, which can be settled later, after a stateless nation has obtained its own state. And as the hostility towards Israel of democratically elected governments in Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon shows, democracy can express, even inflame, pre-existing national hatreds and rivalries; it is not a

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Ken Livingstone on Multiculturalism *

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‘What is prohibited is one group or person imposing their will on others.’ Tell that to al Qaradawi.… Read the rest

Oxfam Report on Education in Afghanistan *

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Seven million Afghan children are out of school while five million children attend school.… Read the rest

Oxfam Says Most Afghan Children Not in School *

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Girls are particularly losing out: 1 in 5 girls in primary, 1 in 20 in secondary school.… Read the rest

Misery of Women in Afghanistan *

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‘We were very happy. Rawa came and talked about how they could help us. But that has stopped now.’… Read the rest

Taliban Tear Teacher to Pieces; He Taught Girls *

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He was part-disembowelled and then torn apart with his arms and legs tied to motorbikes.… Read the rest

Sharia Law Spreading in the UK *

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‘Some lawyers welcomed the advance of what has become known as “legal pluralism”.’… Read the rest

Where this ends and that begins

Nov 29th, 2006 2:04 am | By

From Geoffrey Nunberg’s new book Talking Right page 134.

In the 1920s, the [Wall Street] Journal warned against the threats to freedom that were implicit in minimum wage laws [and] the child-labor amendment to the Constitution (“an assault upon the economic independence of the family…”)

I’ll get to my point, but first I’ll clear up a detail. I frowned in puzzlement when I read that, thinking ‘The – ? I didn’t know there was a child-labor amendment to the Constitution. Ignorant me.’ So I looked it up, and there isn’t; Nunberg apparently meant attempts to pass a child-labor amendment, which (no doubt with the help of the WSJ) failed.

But my point is that that is another example … Read the rest

Both sides

Nov 28th, 2006 11:51 pm | By

Alan Boyle posted Allen Esterson’s reply to Troemel-Ploetz on ‘Cosmic Log’ today. I meant to say something else about the November 20 post (the one with Troemel-Ploetz’s reply) yesterday but I forgot. (I know, I know. But I can only hold one thought in my head at a time. Be patient with me.) But it’s interesting, and it’s always coming up. It’s something Boyle said this time:

We’ve gone back and forth over the role that Albert Einstein’s first wife, Mileva Maric, may have played in the development of the special theory of relativity…and now I’ve gotten the other side of the story from Senta Troemel-Ploetz…

The other side. Of the story. But it isn’t a story, and there isn’t … Read the rest

Chemistry Teacher Urges Teaching of ID *

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‘There’s little enough time with the school curriculum to deal with real science,’ says Phil Willis.… Read the rest

Christina Odone is Cross at Dawkins *

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‘Creationism and ID have long been part of our heritage and have failed to infect it.’ Oh?… Read the rest

Please Teach Holistic Science *

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Reductionist scientific model keeps broader, more holistic science out. Tragic.… Read the rest