On the balmy Saturday night of June 30th, 1934, Ernst Roehm and his lieutenants of the notorious Nazi SA Sturmabteilung, better known as the brown shirts, were sleeping soundly at the Hanslbauer Ho…
Areo"when the BJP & Hindutva are done lynching hapless Muslim cattle herders, murdering freethinkers, demonising liberal leftists & expunging Christian missionaries, they will come for who fail the purity test of what makes a true Hindu," argues @ZMadon.
It’s evident that we have a problem with climate change and pollution. The world is heating up, we’re losing species, and plastics plague our oceans. These expansive problems are not easily solved,…
Areo"Free-market capitalism is the solution, rather than the problem. Although environmentalism is a laudable and necessary movement, it would be a dire mistake to let it turn anti-capitalist—or, worse, anti-human," argues @shaunjcammack.
In nineteenth-century Japan, the Shogunate came under pressure from Western powers. One point of tension was religious freedom. Christianity had been illegal in Japan for centuries. But, with the o…
Areo"A liberal society can and must allow pockets of illiberalism within it. But it cannot entirely turn a blind eye to abuses within such communities, without undermining its own liberal foundations," argues @MarkKoyama.
Recently, much attention has been drawn to several methodologically vacant papers in molecular and cellular biochemistry. They were all written by the same author, Dr. Yan Zin, and argue for the ap…
Areo"None of us accepts "but everybody does it!" as a valid excuse for bad behavior when our children make it in elementary school. We’re not accepting it from academics." - @ConceptualJames & @HPluckrose
3:45 Armin’s upbringing in Iran
9:05 Armin’s fear of hell and how it drove him to attempt suicide
18:29 How seriously do people generally take religion?
21:32 Sex and religion
Areo"A new episode of #TwoForTea, the @areomagazine podcast, is out, for your listening pleasure. This week, @ArminNavabi and @IonaItalia discuss the struggle against theocracy in Iran. We talk about the relevant Iranian history & politics in detail."
An earnest and moving essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books about the alt right in Mauritius is sadly plagued by lazy factual errors that undermine its intellectual integrity, and irresponsibly …
Areo"An earnest and moving essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books about the alt right in Mauritius is sadly plagued by lazy factual errors that undermine its intellectual integrity..." argues @jondavidchurch
On Thursday the second of May Facebook drew a line in the sand, banning from their platforms people who purvey ideas they deem dangerous. Being purged from Facebook and Instagram (owned by Facebook…
Areo"The excommunication of those with heterodox views has occurred before. History cautions against lauding the gatekeepers—in this instance, Facebook itself—who respond with censorship" argues @LexiOHudson
To look at a thing is very different from seeing a thing. One does not see anything until one sees its beauty. Then, and then only, does it come into existence.—Oscar Wilde One of the most pernicio…
Areo"If it’s now morally good to look for ugliness, what hope do we have that seeing with goodness can make a comeback? How can we see beauty, if we never look for it?" asks Marilyn Simon (@mersimon)
When I was eighteen years old, I went to a party with some of my political friends. Despite being a leftist, I mostly hung out with conservative-leaning people during my undergraduate years, becaus…
AreoIn his review of @BenBurgis upcoming book, @MattPolProf explains the importance of logical argumentation "as a collective search for truth rather than an attempt to reduce opponents to quivering piles of urine and soiled garments."