Rise of the Planet of the Moralists 5: Social Dominance and Power

Rise of the Planet of the Moralists Series1: Introduction2: Chains and Trees 3: Clades and grades4: Predicting traits5: Social dominance and power Thus far we have focused on the differences between human beings and apes, and the ways we should expect to find each species behave. What do all apes have that is common in Read More…

The Quiet Links

After the apocalypse, links…

On fear and risk

I haven’t had a rant/sermon in a while. My parents’ generation went through the second world war, fighting tyrants and ideologies that sought to control our everyday lives; for which reason they are sometimes called “the best generation”. Their parents’ generation fought world war one and went through the Depression. The generation I am the Read More…

Some interesting links

A speculative journal published by Elsevier may be dropped after it publishes AIDS denialism. The crisis of faith in rational economics of a Chicago economist… An article claiming that race as a biological concept got a bad rap. How Haiti got there, hat tip Leiter How David Brooks thinks Haiti got there. How Mega-Shark could Read More…

Avatar plotline

is best summed up as Dances with Smurfahontas in Fern Gully For example… And now, the Metacontextual Edition (warning! Major plot spoilers, and I mean that in the most literal way).

"Including none at all"

Just when I start to get cynical about Obama’s agenda, he proclaims this: Long before our Nation’s independence, weary settlers sought refuge on our shores to escape religious persecution on other continents. Recognizing their strife and toil, it was the genius of America’s forefathers to protect our freedom of religion, including the freedom to practice Read More…

A video for Pat Robertson

The Hives – Walk Idiot Walk by The-Hives

Arendt and Heidegger – moral failures?

Slate has an essay on Arendt and Heidegger by Ron Rosenbaum that suggests they never really disavowed or freed themselves from fascist ideology. Worth a read.

The forgotten Holocaust

This is a disturbing essay by Timothy Snyder in the New York Review of Books, republished in Eurozine. It suggests that we do not remember the entirety of the Holocaust in German and Soviet hands. [H/T 3 Quarks Daily]

The hate that dare not speak its name

It’s self-evident that a movement that calls the president a lying, socialist, Nazi eugenicist with a fake birth certificate is about something more than deficit spending. People don’t brandish automatic weapons and pray for the president’s death because they want to keep their employer-sponsored health plans. But to name the stalking beast is more than Read More…