Held for weeks in torture and detention centres before fleeing Pinochet’s Chile in 1975. … Read the rest
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Justices voted 6-3; ruling could free other states to pass laws like Oregon’s.… Read the rest
Agrees that ‘Atheism is life-affirming in a way that religion can never be.’… Read the rest
Says Church needs to stop cowering before government’s politically approved doctrines.… Read the rest
Wave of hagiography in Franklin biography marginalizes issues like slave-trade activities.… Read the rest
Course approved despite science, math teachers’ testimony it would undermine science curriculum.… Read the rest
For appeals not to silence dissenting views from people who work to silence dissenting views.… Read the rest
‘I understand why fur farmers and so-called laboratory scientists are repaid with violence.’… Read the rest
‘The answer might be that truth sells.’… Read the rest
If memoirs are distinct from fiction, then the distinction should matter.… Read the rest
Bias toward assimilation is in tension with protection of civil rights.… Read the rest
A rolling Jonestown.… Read the rest
Daniel Dennett on ‘Intelligent Design’ on January 17 and 19.… Read the rest
George Szirtes mentioned in a comment on that post Science and Religion that he has a blog, where he commented further on the subject we were discussing there. (It doesn’t have permalinks, so scroll down.) This subject interests me, and I agree with George on most of it. Especially some of it.
My contention is that the experience of listening to, say, Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion, strikes some people with the force of truth. It is not some verifiable truth about the existence or otherwise of God. The music doesn’t set itself out as proof of anything. The sense of truth arises because the music seems profoundly true to some element of human experience. In that sense
Some brief notices. Daniel Dennett is going to be on Philosophy Talk on January 17 to discuss ‘Intelligent Design’.
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David Luban has a terrific guestpost at Balkinization on what’s wrong (hint: everything) with an article in defense of broad executive power by Harvey Mansfield in the Weekly Standard.
The article is loaded with gravitas, and Mansfield obviously wants to sound deep. But the depth is all on the surface. Read with care, Mansfield’s arguments are profoundly silly.
There’s a lot of that about. People wanting to sound deep, and just being silly instead. A lesson for us all. (Except me, because I never want to sound deep. Rude, hostile, irritating, … Read the rest
Let us now praise famous imams and representatives of various British Muslim organisations – every single one of them male, if I’m not mistaken. What a swell bunch – all two and twenty of them.
In light of the bizarre news that the Metropolitan Police is to “investigate” comments about homosexuality made by Sir Iqbal Sacranie, the secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, we, the undersigned, Imams and representatives of various British Muslim organisations, affirm that Sir Iqbal’s views faithfully reflected mainstream Islamic teachings…The practice of homosexuality is regarded as being sinful in Islam.
I know it’s obvious, but this kind of thing gets on my nerves. I know it’s obvious, I know this is The Economist, but still.
When IBM announced an overhaul of its pension plan for employees in America last week, it joined a parade of employers that are shifting more responsibility for saving for retirement on to workers.
Shifting more responsibility. As if those slacker employees have been just flopping around expecting employers to spoon-feed them, because they’re such babies. As if pensions were not simply part of the agreed compensation package, like, you know, wages. If IBM announced an overhaul of its payment plan for employees, which consisted of reducing their salaries by 100%, would that be shifting … Read the rest
Levinas’ influence will be discussed and debated from France to Israel to Lithuania to China. … Read the rest
‘Our leader Shahbaz Khan is Imam Mehdi’ said one, without a hint of irony, over a megaphone.… Read the rest