Crispin SartwellNewsrooms are finding out what it's been like in academia these many years. Yes people are going to have to develop new institutions where free thought and free expression, that is, thought and expression, are possible.
Crispin SartwellThe Philosophical Conundrum of the Team Formerly Known as the Redskins
Crispin SartwellThe conditions on identity of persons are complex and difficult, but the conditions on identity of sports teams are ambiguous to the point of being incomprehensible. Which team is which turns out to be a real stumper. What’s a fan to do? @TomJoyceSports
Sitting on Top of Teddy Roosevelt’s Head- John Lame Deer on Mount Rushmore adailyriot: “Here we are, sitting on Teddy Roosevelt’s head, giving him a headache, maybe. If we get tired of the view from...
Crispin SartwellJohn "Fire" Lame Deer on Mt. Rushmore. "I know a Santee Indian who some years ago climbed up here one night with a few friends just to pee down on the nose of one of those faces. . . They had to form a human chain to make it possible for him to do it."
“The scandal is not, as the term Anthropocene implies, that the boundaries between the human and nature get blurred. Rather, the scandal is that we humans still have not learned to think about ourselves in terms of the microbial — the viral — world...
Crispin SartwellThis, from @tobias_rees, is very very right. We are not fully distinct from the creatures around us, including the viruses that infest us.
“Power corrupts,” as the saying goes, and a corollary is that, other things being equal, the more power, the more corruption. That’s the sort of common wisdom or deep cliché that would lead one to speculate that political leaders are likely to be...
Crispin SartwellArgument that people with power are likely, on average, to be morally worse than the pop as a whole on average:
(a) People who have power are disproportionately people who seek it.
(b) Such people are on average worse than average. @clairlemon
Crispin SartwellBuried in here is an explanation of the persistence of police brutality.
Crispin SartwellIn Barr, anti-fascism has found an appropriate opponent; he’s right to think that the victory of the antifascists would be a political defeat for his people and a personal disaster for himself. @jasonintrator
It’s space, it’s rhythm, it’s a myth, says Joseph Mazur: time is stranger than we can yet comprehend
Crispin SartwellI'll just share my raw assertion that time is no myth, and no sort of product of the human mind. We are in it, not it in us. All of us know this, even the idealists as they pretend to narrate themselves out of aging or some crap.
Pandemic fears have created interest in metallic products touting antimicrobial properties. But experts have doubts about the copper craze.
Crispin SartwellNYTimes announces an important scientific result: “If your mask is only 1 percent copper, that means it’s 99 percent not copper,” Dr. Djoko said. Science, as Dr. Fauci says, is truth. Dr Dr Dr.
In Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, acclaimed Washington Post satirist Alexandra Petri offers perfectly logical, reassuring reasons for everything that has happened in recent American politics that will in no way unsettle your worldview.In essays...