Archive for September, 2013

Tunisia Leads the Way (again)

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Tunisia’s Islamist party to step down after talks - The Hindu. If only the Egyptians had waited to see how the Tunisians do it they might have been a lot better off than they are now.

Trying Hard for Our (own) Children

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Richard V. Reeves, in The Glass-Floor Problem - NYTimes.com concludes with: This is delicate territory. Nobody wants parents to stop trying hard for their children. But nor do we want a society in which the social market is rigged in favor of those born into affluence. If we want a competitive economy and an open […]

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Ever since whatever happened at the Obama/Putin meeting at the G10 it's been an amazing time for optimism regarding the future of humanity. But of course the election of Hassan Rohani actually precedes that meeting.

Science and Religion - a false parallel

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Ophelia Benson. quoting Stephen Pinker in paraphrase of Stephen Jay Gould to the effect that "Science gets the empirical universe; religion gets the questions of moral meaning and value" struck me as identifying the key point on which Gould's idea of “non-overlapping magisteria” is often misinterpreted. It is true that science "gets" the empirical universe […]

The Moral Landscape Challenge

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Sam Harris has issued a "public challenge" to those who think his book is silly. To wit: "Anyone who believes that my case for a scientific understanding of morality is mistaken is invited to prove it in 1,000 words or less. (You must refute the central argument of the book—not peripheral issues.) The best response will […]