Archive for November 25th, 2008

Putting the bailout in perspective

| November 25, 2008 | 3 Replies
Putting the bailout in perspective

Don’t read this if you want to sleep well tonight.   Stay away from the comments too.  People would be swarming in the streets with pitchforks and torches tonight, except that so many of us are afflicted with innumeracy and because we are so easily distractible.  How many of us have spent more time studying the […]

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Paul Kurtz: Belief in God is not essential for moral virtue.

| November 25, 2008 | Reply
Paul Kurtz:  Belief in God is not essential for moral virtue.

Paul Kurtz is the chairman and founder of the Center for Inquiry and the Editor-in-Chief of FREE INQUIRY Magazine.   He is also a prolific author.   Kurtz is featured in a Washington Post article entitled, “Belief in God Essential for Moral Virtue?”  This is a succinct article that is well worth reading.  Kurtz goes to lengths […]

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Sanity on climate change and energy issues: coming soon to the White House

| November 25, 2008 | Reply
Sanity on climate change and energy issues:  coming soon to the White House

Isn’t this a breath of fresh air?  Watching Barack Obama talk about these important issues also makes me think of eight years of lost opportunities.   At least we’re going to have an energy policy, rather than policy vacuum driven by a blind faith in the “free market.”

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The Onion publishes a letter from a Christian setting the record straight

| November 25, 2008 | Reply
The Onion publishes a letter from a Christian setting the record straight

The Onion has published a letter from a Christian who wants to set the record straight: “It’s not like I’m one of those wacko ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ types.”  It’s classic Onion satire aimed squarely at the kind of Christian who has dominated the news for the past eight years: My faith in the […]

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Jonathan Haidt urges that we escape moral righteousness

| November 25, 2008 | 1 Reply
Jonathan Haidt urges that we escape moral righteousness

In this lecture on TED, Jonathan Haidt discusses his approach, which involves “five foundations of morality.” Haidt also explains that, in our attempts to better understand morality, too many of us are trapped in a non-ending cycle in which “everybody thinks they are right.” We are in need of humility, and the best way to get moral humility is to escape moral righteousness by striving to step out of the struggle. We need to see that liberals and conservatives both have something to offer to the conversation of change versus stability.

I’ve written repeatedly and glowingly about Haidt’s approach to morality. You can find earlier DI posts regarding Haidt’s approach to morality here and here.

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