The Ethics of Food

I recently ran into a fervently sanctimonious individual whose “cause” was “food ethics.”  As it turns out, there are those who view food (and agricultural methods) as part of their moral views of the world and how it works.  What this individual had said that caused me to jerk my head back in amazement was …

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The Excrement of the Academy’s Thought Police Just Keeps Piling Up

Unfortunately, it seems to take someone from outside the academic community to point out its affinity to cozy up to any and all groups who feel they are victims of something or other, but I must say George Will really hit pay dirt in his recent column, entitled Universities Busy Closing Americans’ Minds: Liberals are …

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Folk Science

I was doing some web searching this morning for a definition of a phrase I had just seen: folk science.  Interestingly, the second of the  results list from my Google search was a Scientific American entry: Interested in that second entry, I opened it to find a Scientific American article by Michael Shermer, publisher of …

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Dana Milbank: “Let the Southern States leave the Union, Obama”

Dana Milbank (Washington Post) had an interesting idea: . . . a large number of patriotic Americans, mostly from states won by Mitt Romney last week, have petitioned the White House to let them secede. They should be careful about what they wish for. It would be excellent financial news for those of us left …

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Unpaid academic advisors group supported the Obama campaign strategy

Well, the word is out now, with an article just published in the New York Times:  an unpaid group of academic advisers gave the Obama campaign advise about how to carry out the 2012 presidential election campaign: Less well known is that the Obama campaign also had a panel of unpaid academic advisers. The group …

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Coal CEO prays . . . then lays off miners ’cause Obama was reelected!

This is a beaut.  Some bible-thumper Coal CEO headquartered outside of Cleveland, Ohio just punished the country’s electorate for selecting Obama by laying off more than 150 of his company’s employees. Robert E. Murray read a prayer to a group of company staff members on the day after the election, lamenting the direction of the …

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More on the Right’s “Entertainment Complex” fear-mongers (Rush, Glenn, Sean, etc, etc, etc.)

Newsweek columnist David Frum called Republican leaders “cowards” and said the right-wing base has been lied to by a “conservative entertainment complex.” Frum, a conservative who served as a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, made his provocative remarks Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He added that the GOP had been overrun by fear-mongers. “The …

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Changing Demographics making the GOP sick to its stomach

( AND WHAT LEGISLATIVE REDISTRUCTING OVER THE LAST THIRTY YEARS BY THE GOP COULDN’T DO FOR STATES IN THE SOUTH) I think I’ve got another clarifying connection to make in why the GOP and the South are  just having shit fits about Obama’s reelection in 2012. In my mind the old “red states vs blue …

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Two commentators’ points of view about the election

Nicholasl Kristof (NY Times) and Rachel Maddow (MSNBC): KRISTOF: A RIGHT-CENTER SHIFT FOR GOP? Well, Obama and his staffers should be smiling wryly in the quiet of their back offices today: they pulled an election result out of the their asses that wasn’t supposed to have occurred. Where we going from here?  Well, Bill Kristof, …

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False positives and false negatives in our brain’s belief engine

In his book, The Believing Brain, Michael Sherman makes a good deal out of the errors that human brains make when we try to understand why things happen to us or around us: Our brains are belief engines, evolved pattern-recognition machines that connect the dots and create meaning out of the patterns that we think …

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