Ragged Clown

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Tag Archives: philosophy

Dec
28
2021

Forgive us our trespasses

I woke up haunted by thoughts of Kristen Roupenian’s exquisite short story in the New Yorker, Cat Person, or rather, about the world’s reactions to it. My little corner of the Internet has a whole midrash of commentary about the … Continue reading

Oct
30
2016

Religious Bathwater

I’ve been reading Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists. De Botton’s big idea is that the least interesting thing about religion is whether its claims about God are true. We should be more interested in the fact that religions have had a couple of … Continue reading

May
25
2014

In Which Sturgeon’s Law Explains Everything

In 1951 Theodore Sturgeon was giving a talk about science fiction when someone in the audience noted that “90% of science fiction writing was crap”. Sturgeon shot back that “90% of everything is crap”. This observation came to be known as Sturgeon’s … Continue reading

Nov
16
2013

Moral Instincts Don’t Scale

Excellent idea that I never thought of before… The first half of this bloggingheads video is about Paul Bloom experiments showing how very young babies have a well-developed moral sense. In the second half of the video, Paul & Bob … Continue reading