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By Kevin Currie-Knight ___ What follows is the first part of three essays on the trends of increasing political and cultural polarization as well as our diminishing willingness to tolerate opposing ideas. In a sense, these are an outgrowth of previous thoughts I’ve had about toleration and its conditions. What is toleration? What does it... Continue Reading →

Some Thoughts on Spoilers

by Milton Lawson ____ I recently saw a tweet in favor of spoilers that said the following: I'm extremely pro-spoilers, personally. If my enjoyment of a thing hinges on a twist, I generally doubt I'll like it much afterward. If I know what's coming but getting there is the best part, that's the good stuff.... Continue Reading →

Remarks on Religion

By Daniel A. Kaufman ____ By now, most readers know that I am an atheist, as I do not believe in the existence of God or anything supernatural. Readers also likely know that I am Jewish by lineage and culturally and that I think God is useless both as an explanation and as a moral... Continue Reading →

When Philosophy Gets Human Beings Wrong

by Kevin Currie-Knight ____ In the past year, I’ve read two books on how people’s minds change. The latest, How Minds Change, is by science writer David McRaney. Previously, I’d read, Stop Being Reasonable, by philosopher Eleanor Gordon-Smith. Both attempt to drill into “what we know” about how real people in the real world go... Continue Reading →

In Defense of Linguistic Luddism

by Moti Gorin ____ The Luddites weren’t a complacent group of workers. They worried about the loss of their jobs as a result of the introduction of new technologies, and so they went about destroying the textile machines that were rendering human laborers obsolete. The word 'Luddite' has since become a pejorative, applied to those... Continue Reading →

Red, White, and Blue

by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ I was almost eight years old when the American Bicentennial Hit, and I remember it well. It was all over children’s television and especially, Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and Schoolhouse Rock. The latter devoted an entire season to American history and government for the bicentennial, with the “I’m Just... Continue Reading →

Compelled Birth and the Liberal Polity

by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ Abortion is now illegal in the State of Missouri, where I live. If my twenty-year-old daughter was to become pregnant, she would be required to carry the baby to term and give birth to it, under threat of a felony conviction. In a number of the states in which the... Continue Reading →

We Don’t Want to Know

by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ There are any number of reasons not to snoop. One violates another person’s privacy. One communicates suspicion and distrust. One presumes too much. But the biggest, best, most important reason is this: You don’t want to know what you are going to find out. And you will find out something... Continue Reading →

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