Category Archives: Morality

Prognostic Myopia: More about Justin Gregg

Picking up from where I left off yesterday. My basic summary of this book is: humans are not “stupid”; the issue is that human intelligence has both good and bad consequences, and apparently we can’t have the good without the … Continue reading

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Justin Gregg: IF NIETZSCHE WERE A NARWHAL (2022)

Here’s a recent nonfiction book with a provocative thesis and some interesting points which nevertheless I give a mixed review of. Perhaps helpful to consider scoring the book along several independent parameters, like on some of those cooking shows, e.g. … Continue reading

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World Views and Cosmic Views

Two items today by Adam Lee. OnlySky, Adam Lee, 17 Jul 2022: How to tell if you’re in a bubble OnlySky, Adam Lee, 19 July 2022: My humanism comes from the stars

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LQCs: Sincerity, Norway, the Moral Arc

OnlySky, Hemant Mehta, 7 May 2022: The Supreme Court should stop taking religious beliefs so seriously, subtitled, “Not every ‘sincerely held religious belief’ is sincerely held. The Supreme Court should admit that.”

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LQCs: The Arc of Historical Progress vs. Religious Oppression in the US

First, my favorite print magazine The Week, for May 13th, in its “Viewpoint” box on the “Best Columns US” page, quotes Francis Fukuyama in The Wall Street Journal (a newspaper I don’t read). But unlike the similarly found David French … Continue reading

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LQCs: Making Prohibitions vs. Solving Problems

Big news today is that a draft of a Supreme Court decision about abortion was leaked, by someone, and the draft indicates an intention to completely overturn Roe v. Wade. As everyone’s been expecting for some time now. The shock … Continue reading

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LQCs: Moral Turpitude and Government Bureaucracy

On Facebook today, the science fiction author David Brin posted an article from the UK paper Guardian (actually, from its US edition), with this comment: “For all their posturing about defending children from abuse, their record tells another story.” At … Continue reading

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L&Cs: Making Things So, As Long as They’re Black or White

There was an item, an opinion piece, in one of the online venues a few weeks ago, the link to which I didn’t capture at the time and could not find later. I didn’t even read the whole piece. But … Continue reading

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LQCs: Conservative Values and Behaviors

Topics for today: conservative grievance and rage; Marriage Equality is the next conservative target; Christian behavior; religious tests; longing for a 12th century past. (I usually display an image from one of the items I post, but for today I’ll … Continue reading

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Ls&Qs&Cs: Living in History, Alas

We are now witnessing war in Europe, 60 years after World War II ended and the historians and prognosticators thought it would never happen again. But nothing, I think, will never happen again. There will always be despots and authoritarians … Continue reading

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