The Battle for Truth and Reason “Oh, for goodness’ sake,” you might cry, “Richard Dawkins is banging on about God again! Hasn’t he already been there and done that? Why does he ke…
Areo"Dawkins is specifically talking about the religious nonsense instilled into children by the faithful, but his point has broader relevance in an era that pundits have labelled post-truth" - Daniel Sharp (@DJtotheS)
Breastfeeding is natural, therefore, it is better than bottle-feeding. A snack food with natural flavors is healthier than a snack food with artificial flavors. Non-genetically modified vegetables …
Areo"The specious reasoning of the naturalistic fallacy—the idea that if something is natural, it must be good—remains prevalent, even though scientific understanding and literacy are more widespread than ever before" - Callen Inman (@Adaptationist1)
Social Justice ideas and the postmodern thought that underlies them are extremely difficult to critique in a balanced way. This is largely caused by black-and-white thinking: many people wrongly be…
Areo"Given the choice of believing that culture strongly influences what a society accepts as true and believing that it has no impact, rational people who value evidence and reason must conclude that it does" by @HPluckrose
It takes more entrepreneurs than lawyers to create and preserve competition and tech giants are in the eye of a hurricane. According to the Wall Street Journal, both the Federal Trade Commission an…
Areo"Antitrust suits make a lot of noise, but what guarantees more intense competition is entrepreneurship acting within a market framework free from well intentioned interventions" - @jean_vilbert
On 4 October, an event transpired that, in some circles at least, seemed to provoke as much anxiety as the impending eruption of a volcano: a movie was released. The Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix…
Areo"I suspect that all the pearl-clutching over imitative violence is a smokescreen for the real objection: the movie’s moral ambiguity and its subtle hints that society, on both left & right, is making things worse for people in pain" [email protected]
I think the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.—Rus…
Areo"Over the course of a lifetime, many things can go right, but they also can—and surely will—go very wrong. Bearing this in mind, we must ask ourselves: When is it right to have children?" asks Tristan Flock (@tbonesbeard)
Areo"Implementing a mandatory national service program would be deeply misguided... It’s both a misdiagnosis of a problem and a grave injustice of a solution—a cruel and unusual punishment of the sons for the sins of the fathers" argues
Did you know that if we all recycled one plastic bag, we could use those materials to make 28,906 park benches? Did you also know that if we’re ever going to solve the climate crisis, we need to st…
Areo"Did you know that if we all recycled one plastic bag, we could use those materials to make 28,906 park benches? Did you also know that if we’re ever going to solve the climate crisis, we need to stop thinking like this?" - @MadsArnestad
No one is a native of the place we call home.—Mohsin Hamid, National Geographic, August 2019 Without interbreeding due to successive waves of migrants, “Europeans” would not exist.—Paul Salopek, N…
Areo"I have never been assailed by the question Why don’t you go back to where you came from? because, as a white Anglo-Saxon, it is hard to identify me as the enemy. I am a good migrant" says Elizabeth Dangerfield.
Critical Theory is a modern philosophical development that stems, in large part, from a group of twentieth-century philosophers affiliated with the Frankfurt School, who argued that the culture of …
Areo"Like the members of the Frankfurt School, Foucault is concerned with historical and social realities that affect our view of the world. Like Kant, he is concerned with the limits of knowledge" - @jondavidchurch
Dr Julia Shaw has published an article in Psychology Today, challenging the notion that men are naturally more violent than women. Disturbed by the fact that prisoners are overwhelmingly male, she …
Areo"Maybe male crime is not just a result of biology or socialization. Maybe some external, societal forces also make it more beneficial for men to commit crimes, rather than women" - Maria Kouloglou (@MairGr)
I. Resolving the Academic Problem I have been teaching philosophy in higher education for almost six years now and my disillusionment with academia in general—and academic philosophy in particular—…
Areo"In my case, it was the awareness of death, and the struggle to find meaning that led me to opt for a PhD in philosophy" - Mahmoud Rasmi (@Decafquest) on the abandonment of the big questions within academic philosophy.
Some people may remember Dwight Macdonald as a disillusioned ex-Trotskyist, a wittily irreverent gadfly or an unapologetic defender of high culture. He played all these roles during a career writin…
Areo"What mattered above all to Macdonald was the individual, broadly defined: the individual citizen, the individual idea, the individual work of art."
Oliver Spivey argues for a return to anti-dogmatism & aesthetic appreciation in art.
Nothing is beyond scrutiny, everything should be up for discussion. Every right we enjoy comes from challenging ideas and fighting for what we believe in. As a liberal, this is very important to me…
Areo"The world is a tough place. If we can’t even talk to each other, then we will never be able to handle life. I strongly believe that trigger culture limits liberal values & the progress of society.
And yet, one day, I found myself triggered." - @inashmdn
Loneliness—the sense of isolation and alienation from society—has always been a part of the human condition, much discussed by philosophers and theologians. In the past few years, however, loneline…
Areo"Loneliness is frequently described as an epidemic and a public health concern, as if it were a contagion that must be contained" argues Ralph Leonard (@buffsoldier_96) "This is absolute folly."
Director Patricia Marcoccia responds to the cancellation of her documentary film 'The Rise of Jordan Peterson' at a Toronto theatre.
Areo"If the film is balanced, it’s not because I was trying to be. I was trying to be honest." Patricia Marcoccia (@pmarcoccia) on the cancellation of her film "The Rise of Jordan Peterson."
Do nuanced films sell?