Monthly Archives: January 2020

Ride-hailing services won’t be accessible to all | Vancouver Sun

I think it was with good reason that BC has been slow to allow ride-hailing services to undercut the service provided by well-regulated and market controlled taxis and encourage people to jump into cars with random unvetted strangers. But I … Continue reading

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Something to Celebrate!

It may be a “one off” in the light of recent Canadian and US decisions but let’s hope that whether or not it gets overruled this marks the trend in global jurisprudence. Source: Swiss Judge Acquits Credit Suisse Protestors – … Continue reading

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Choosing Death

Interesting article with good comments Source: If you could choose, what would make for a good death? | Aeon Essays

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Spurious Appeals to “Science”

Sex is complicated. Some plants require the cooperation of more than two different gametes to produce a viable seed, and some animals live parts of their lives as male and part as female while others switch sex according to chemical … Continue reading

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What is happening at Unist’ot’en?

With regard to the question of who speaks for the nation with regard to the use of its land, one answer is provided in this video: But although the existence of a competing claim from the elected band council is … Continue reading

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Moral Foundations

Biased presentation of a potentially good idea Using the Moral Foundations Questionnaire, Haidt and Graham found that libertarians are most sensitive to the proposed Liberty foundation,[4] liberals are most sensitive to the Care and Fairness foundations, while conservatives are equally … Continue reading

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Can Renewables Suffice?

A Tyee debate: It Bears Repeating: Renewables Alone Won’t End the Climate Crisis | The Tyee Memo from a Climate Crisis Realist: The Choice before Us | The Tyee Don’t Call Me a Pessimist on Climate Change. I Am a … Continue reading

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More on Philosophical Expertise

In the recent Aeon essay Is there anything especially expert about being a philosopher? , David Egan draws an analogy between the relationships between philosophical and scientific expertise and between acting and music. I found it interesting and potentially relevant … Continue reading

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Meritocracy

Aeon has re-circulated an essay from last March which claims that belief in meritocracy is harmful without even identifying exactly what “meritocracy” is. In order not to be accused of the same omission I will identify a meritocracy as a … Continue reading

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