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Where to Look for Religious Tolerance

Where to Look for Religious Tolerance

In yesterday’s NYT, an op-ed pointing out a group likely to practice religious tolerance: atheists.

March 13, 2006 | By | Reply More
Moral Prestidigitation: This Situation is BIGGER than Rules.

Moral Prestidigitation: This Situation is BIGGER than Rules.

Contrary to today’s moralists, the important issue is not what the rules are, but whether to apply established rules.  Throwing out the moral rulebook occasionally leads to heroic feats but it occasionally leads to Abu Graib.  As Aristotle wrote, rules are not a substitute for good character.  Stay on the lookout, then, for those who play […]

March 12, 2006 | By | Reply More
The Biggest Computer

The Biggest Computer

Complexity at its best: God created the evolutionary algorithm, but had to create a world too, to see where it would all lead. The world is the smallest device capable of accurately computing where it will all lead. He’s still watching and He is often quite surprised.

March 12, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Get Dirty Money out of Politics!

Get Dirty Money out of Politics!

Are the citizens really running our national government? That is the theory, that we the people call the shots. As imperfect as our system has always been, it has been getting far worse in recent years. Exhibit A: large oil companies getting huge tax breaks at a time when they are raking in exhorbitant profits. […]

February 26, 2006 | By | Reply More
Madness

Madness

Madness is rare in individuals—but in groups, parties, nations and ages it is the rule. Nietzsche–Beyond Good & Evil #156

February 21, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Two Kinds of Morality

Two Kinds of Morality

Bertrand Russell: “We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side; one which we preach but do not practise, and another which we practise but seldom preach.”

February 21, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More