"I am perfectly comfortable with what the Rose City crew did, particularly after finding out who is and what he does". The latest letter between & is truly extraordinary! Read it here: #Antifa #AndyNgo
"On Abortion & Ethics" #ImpossibleConversations #LetterWiki #abortion #ethics
If you're following my correspondence with regarding #Feminist, there is a new letter available for you to read! 😀 .
My response letter to Cody Moser () regarding the nature of biological sex on . I hope this turns out to be a fruitful conversation of interest to a wide audience! Thank you Cody for initiating this dialogue!
The final round of my correspondence with .
As many of you know, I have taken full advantage of the platform . We now have a challenge to have even more #ImpossibleConversations. Announces Impossible Conversations Competition
Letter is honoured to host an exchange between and On Human Cultural Evolution. We're offering subscribers a chance to receive a copy of each of their recent books. To enter the draw subscribe (it's free!) here
Sorry about the delay on Part 2. I've been working on launching a new platform - - with & . It's a place where the conversations that should be taking place in the universities can happen. I’d love it if you would test it out.
I just posted my latest letter in conversation with , on rationality and postrationality. 🙂🕹️🔭⛱️
"I share with you the desire for an approach to social justice that does not sacrifice integrity of argument at the altar of sanctimony."
I have an account on now! I'm not sure how I'm going to use this platform yet but I'm very interested in trying it out. If you want to engage with me there, here's the profile:
I have an account on now! I'm not sure how I'm going to use this platform yet but I'm very interested in trying it out. If you want to engage with me there, here's the profile:
Interesting dialogue on between & about the value of evolutionary thinking for the study of human culture. Is evolution the grand unifying framework for studying culture, or just a dead-end, or something in between?
Want to have a conversation over ? Feel free to write to me.
Super excited to share that I’ve joined the team! Dayne, Clyde and Co. have done some amazing work over these last few months, and they’ve got some great stuff cooking. If this is your first time hearing of ... where’ve you been?! Check it out.
Some important Qs for multi-level / cultural-group selection approach raised in this exchange: - what *exactly* constitutes a group? - what are the replicators? - what falsifiable predictions does a CGS approach make?
My conversation with on cultural evolution that started on twitter is being continued on a new platform for civil discourse called Letter. .
If you're keen to enter the #ImpossibleConversations competition () but don't have a writing partner, check out Post conversation proposals to this page and we'll help you find an interlocutor. h/t
Excited to share next installment in exchange of letters (via ) between me & Rabbi on circumcision & morality. He asks, why do I think "medical necessity" is only valid moral justification for non-consensual genital cutting? Answer here
I'm on this website because I like writing letters even if I'm bad at replying to them. Write me one if you want to.
Interesting - a platform on which people exchange letters as form of respectful, constructive dialogue
diversity of thought is useful, after all, some of the great thinkers in history appear to have teetered on the edge of madness.But I view diverse ways of thinking as creativity catalysts that can only render value within a framework of scientific thinking
Finally kicked off a with on centrism and the IDW, taking 's article as a starting point. Follow along for all our profound thoughts ;P
I've received a from on biological anthropology and the naturalistic fallacy - a very complex subject! Looking forward to answering below
The lovely wrote me a letter on asking me to recount my earliest significant memory, and about my thoughts on memory and identity generally, so I did so. Her letter, and my response, can be read here
I am now on . Looking forward to dialoguing with some interesting interlocutors. You can subscribe to my conversations here
Sick of Twitter's Outrage Engine? Try Letters. New forum for respectful online CONVERSATIONS in the form of old-fashioned "letters" from one person to another, typically on a controversial topic. Shorter than essays/blogs, longer than tweets&threads.
Just started a planned letter exchange with on worker coops. Folks who've read my last couple of pieces might be interested because it strings together arguments I've been making in the last couple of weeks there.
is a communication technology combining the best parts of written letters with the distributive power of digital media -
"any definition of religion which subsumes both the Girl Guides and the Islamic State is ambiguous at best and misleading at worst." Shots fired in the conversation with my friend and collaborator,
Fascinating. Two big names in evolutionary biology duking it out on the big question — can Darwinism explain cultural evolution? It’s & . The back & forth is happening on the platform.
The next part of my correspondence with is up on . We discuss individualism and the philosophy of economic analysis.
Finally replied! 🤓❤️ I actually went slightly over the word limit before I realized there was one, and I really like that there is one – it kinda gives me permission to not have to go on forever
New obsession: - a platform that is digitizing the thoughtfulness of snail mail written correspondence with the conversations happening in public. h/t 🙌 and
If people haven't seen it they might enjoy the latest part of my exchange with Professor Kenneth Houston on postmodernism, the right, and some other neat topics on
Check out the conversation between & , which we are hosting at (an enterprise I'm proud to be part of)
Do you have a topic you'd like to explore? Or maybe an idea you'd like stress-tested? Maybe its time you throw a letter into the digital seas of the noosphere. Check out the "Letter in a Bottle" section on to find your philosophical other.
"A large group of people with the same views, is still a small world, with a narrow worldview..." to on
I've begun a conversation with about her recent critiques of & how to be a good podcaster. On . It's a great place to have longform, but casual conversations. We are reviving the old art of letterwriting. Check it out
Looking for an interlocutor who: A) thinks intersectionality is the correct way for the Democratic party to move forward and B) is willing to trade letters on this topic. My first letter is here
Here’s my response to philosopher , “On Choosing Beliefs”. And no, we never met…
A fine example of how to have a civil conversation about a contentious issue: 'male circumcision & morality' w/ & via #circumcision #bodilyintegrity #childrights #humanrights #impossibleconversations
Good conversation about the IDW that touches on both it's strengths and weaknesses.
Very fun chat with talking about #pragmatism, #evolution, and #physics (cuz why not add physics). Are you on yet? You "should" be there.
The next part of my correspondence with Professor Kenneth Houston
In Letter #5 I call Mike Isaacson a Nazi and see how he likes it. Just kidding, folks! Feedback appreciated.
Just set myself up on 's site letter​.wiki. Send me a letter if you'd like to have longform(ish) public correspondence about some topic you're interested in!
If you write me a letter on – ask me some questions, etc – I'll write you back!
My second response to on the value of multi-level selection theory for the study of human history.
If people didn't see it here is my conversation with of for the new medium on the subject of post-modernism and politics.
I just sent the mighty another letter on continuing our discussion about identity and memory. She wanted me to tell her how I became who I am. I try to answer this labyrinthine question.
This week on the Dawdler's Philosophy Podcast, we talk about this exchange between and
a libertarian free-speech writer who hates Nazis (), and a leftist antifa grad student (), try to figure out their differences and sames in a respectful way. if only the entirety of the internet was like this.
Reading this was like reading about part of my life from 2012 onward. I once started a local Humanist group and eventually ended up abandoning it precisely because free inquiry & reason were less important than social justice. Thank you, .
"Let’s not pretend these subjects are anything but complicated. It’s part of what makes them interesting to talk about." & continue their exchange on radicalization & tribalism
"...beliefs come first and evidence comes second. In other words, beliefs are often not evidence-based, but make us feel better..." to (Letter #4) Mentioned:
My final letter to is up . It briefly sums up our shared respect for the dignity and integrity of human existence at the level of the individual. Many thanks to Matt for a good faith exchange.
“Would you be open to radically changing direction if you acquired a totally new view of the world? And if not, does that mean your worldview is locked-in or that your lifestyle is worldview-resistant?”
you need a 'share' button for your conversations! In the meantime, everyone see here for a nice and informative conversation about the Enlightenment with
"I started using social media in 2016 as a way to stay informed... I was wholly unprepared for the way in which discourse took place and how quickly one could be consumed by it.." Letter #1 in & 's conversation on
seems like all the cool kids are hanging at and -- both mediums I'm excited to see grow!
Can I persuade that the two of us had a beer in Dresden last month (even though we didn't)? My first salvo in our debate on "Choosing Belief", for . Part 1: Part 2: #Faith #DoxasticInvoluntarism
"We need to get beyond this more gossipy level of engagement and deal in larger ideas..." to Nick Alden on re #Islam and #feminism Mentioned:
Hey folks, I hope you'll go check out I think as part of furthering my and mission of fixing our discourse, maybe longer letters will serve us better than tweets for tough topics. Idk. #writingiscool
"...student loans are responsible for slowing the housing market, postponing having children, and a host of other consequences that are vital to our economy. All of which is to say, does anyone have any idea what the real problem here is?"
"when we blame a hurricane or a puppy for wreaking havoc, we understand that these entities aren’t really deserving of blame..." Letter #4 in 's conversation with on #Philosophy
My reply to is up. It's central theme is autonomy in the context of inequality, from the perspective of an economist. , lots of qualifiers. I sincerely apologize.🙄
if that’s your girl why’d she start a conversation with me on
Have you ever talked to another atheist about what religious people believe? Most people agree, that's cool. If you ever walk to talk to me (I'm religious), I'm on recently posted a letter defending authoritarian dogma (of all things!).
I joined () and I'm looking for pen pals 😁 The original invitation is on FB. Here you have screenshots. If any of these topics interest you, let me know 😀 #writing #letters #ashitloadofhobbies
I'm on a roll! Another Letter, this time another to on Enlightenment values.
In reply to , about DM etiquette: if you want to initiate a conversation, it's generally a good practice to propose where the conversation could go. this takes the burden of carrying the conversation off the other person
"We have a more than ten year intellectual partnership that I think many people would be envious of. But on Twitter you might think we were enemies." & On Friendship & Centrism
“Alan Jones in particular seems to be doing his best to position Israel as a victim, calling the Rugby Australia ruling ‘Orwellian’. This is nonsense...” & continue their conversation about #IsraelFolau. gets a mention
Can I persuade that the two of us had a beer in Dresden last month (even though we didn't)? My first salvo in our debate on "Choosing Belief", for . Part 1: Part 2: #Faith #DoxasticInvoluntarism
The next part of my correspondence with is now up on . We talk about identity politics, militant particularism, and social justice activism.
Read and subscribe to an important conversation between & (). Watch #Feminist () and read 's excellent piece ( ) for the context. , HT
"Until we kicked things off in this conversation I had not dabbled in a religious debate for years... it seemed patently obvious that science and reason had won..." Letter #9 in & 's conversation on
I'm on !! 🤓 Who's game for a little discussion on gender roles from a feminist perspective? I just wrote a letter to Letter in a Bottle
"our school was descended on by armed military who patrolled the grounds in fully kitted battle uniforms. I also have a vivid memory of seeing my schoolmates father being executed on television..." to on
"I saw in anthropology an opportunity for serious erudition and freedom to explore whatever topics I’d like with few commitments, so I leaped at the opportunity..." to on
Check out Friend OS. . Pairagraphs. Signal. Proton Mail. Others on the way.
"What should be media to enable us to harness more information and become more critically minded often becomes a tool to engender greater myopia and partisanship..." 's letter to Prof. Kenneth Houston about #postmodernism
Hot off the press at , my question: "Is sex immutable or not?" Cc:
"Postrats are more akin to artists than intellectuals. Ideas and blogs are their paint-brushes and canvases. Rationalists and post-rationalists are playing two different games." Your move . 😉
I've replied to 's missive to me on . The topic: health, wellbeing, and life choices. My reply features gluttons, gays, fags, and booze. Enjoy!
Announcing a discussion on abortion and US policy. My interlocutor is , taking the pro-life position. I am taking the pro-choice position. Please **subscribe** (it's free!) to show your support for as you follow our exchange!
The final letter in my correspondence with Nick Tippett ()- for now! I think we've ended up in a good place, and found true common ground despite our differences.
A brutally honest story about growing up in an abusive environment. When we humanize others, I believe we treat others better. Please read Ryan's story and pause before you say something mean on Twitter.
Excited to discuss (debate?) big tech & free speech on , an exciting new platform for good-faith dialogue. Look forward to seeing where it goes
Next instalment in a dialogue with on centrism (whatever THAT means!) Unfortunately I don't think we're being controversial or inflammatory enough to be interesting yet, sorry :)
Check out this fascinating e-pistolary debate on #GunViolence ... Reasoned, smart, comparative, surprising, fascinating.
Currently reading through this interesting piece between and . It's fascinating to read an ongoing, polite and civil disagreement between two good people, both of whom are arguing for positions that I don't fully agree with.
If you read something from me and think I’m wrong, please feel free to write me on . We'll get to the bottom of it together.
A close internet friend of mine clashed on one particular topic. We recently reconnected, and I finally found the strength to articulate my hurt
My new exchange with Pam: "It causes me great emotional pain that anyone, anywhere, would associate me or my family with racial hatred, since my ancestors came to this country to escape racial and religious discrimination."
The finale of an 8-letter exchange between and myself about the usefulness of a Darwinian framework to understand historical events.
As part of the #ImpossibleConversations competition hosted by I've written to Nick Tippett () on the subjects of religion, belief, atheism, and the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Tour the minds of & as their conversation draws to an end: . Subscribers to their exchange are entered into a draw to receive their most recent books. Massimo & David, thank you for modelling vigorous disagreement in good faith.
I just wrote a letter to sharing my thoughts on journalism, the media, and the importance of journalistic integrity. You can read the letter on here
Everyone interested in the subject of #circumcision should check out this exchange on between & which is part of our #ImpossibleConversations competition.
People might enjoy my exchange with for arguing about inequality and left wing philosophy.
“Let us finally see if this term merits being added to the list of sexy mental models currently being used in the noosphere, or if it is really just fancy signalling.” and I explore the metagame via
I've been following a really interesting conversation on centrism, sparked by the article, over at , between & (the ueber-cute)
On human cultural evolution and how best to study it: yours truly vs , a friendly exchange.
I wrote another letter to the lovely : on identity, memory and authenticity (three slippery concepts). Includes poetry. Check out our conversation here, on . Want to exchange letters with me or find your own virtual penpal? Ask me!
I have received a letter from on on the subjecy of female beauty. I will be responding soon. Subscribe for the answer. #FemaleBeauty
A new letter from Mike Isaacson explains that Antifa will disappear when the threat is gone. Also, violence is a small part of what Antifa does. I hope you will read it and give it some thought.
The final round in my exchange with takes the conversation in the direction of contemporary groups rather than the analysis of history.
No bad memories of Halloween (family ignored it). It’s for me what Christmas is for most. My Halloween wish this year is for 100 subscribers to my letterwiki discussion on abortion, which is making me happy and hopeful. Civil disagreement is possible!
At nuanced conversations happen w/humanity. Subscribe to a topic or start your own. The team will find you an interlocutor, or write to Letter in a Bottle and let chance be your matchmaker. It's the good parts of Twitter w/o the dumpster fires!
The latest installment of an exchange between and me on the ethics of circumcision!
Ding! Round 3 in my scholarly fisticuffs with on human cultural evolution. Become a subscriber and enter a lottery for one of our books! Thanks to for creating this forum for respectful discourse. Highly recommended to others.
Keiko, are you on I would like to offer you a perspective on a tangentially related situation but Twitter being what it is the whole conversation would be derailed rather quickly.
After a three-week writing hiatus, my conversation with continues here
My conversation with on Circumcision and Morality is the "Featured Conversation" on . Even if this subject doesn't interest you, I recommend exploring the platform as a means for communication/intelligent discussion/debate.
I give this, , , and my absolute and full endorsement. It's the answer to many of the problems we all feel around social media. Check it out!
Buster Benson, author of "Why are We Yelling?" from Berkeley CA and I, are having an Impossible Conversation about guns. I invite you all to follow along. #ImpossibleConversations
I’d love to see a conversation between and on automation and the future of labor markets for the #impossibleconversations contest on
My response to about education & parenting. I only know something about the first one & I know it’s plateaued the last 40 years in terms of teaching kids content. Education should pivot to inoculating kids to the lures of tyranny.
The mighty has produced another outstanding article: Thank you to & for bringing their minds to and giving this conversation the deep thought and attention it deserves:
This is extraordinary. Clyde Rathbone and Matt To'omua corresponding on the Israel Folau situation.
"I’ve had a few dramatic events of my own, such as being attacked by samurai sword-wielding burglars in my home, being dangled over the edge of a bridge by a rapist-murderer, and being mobbed by macaques..." to on
My further contribution to the letter exchange with on worker coops, nationalizing big banks, and related matters.
Interesting exchange on Letters (I'm more inclined to agree with Wilson than Pigliucci).
Can we foster better conversation & thinking via I talked w/ about this & wonder how Ed might use it. Enjoy! The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 178 Can We Improve Public Discussion Through Letter Writing? via
Good topic. We could, more generally I think, do with an empirical left. A progressive politics that is less prejudiced against naturalism and empiricism, both as an aid to explanation and to evaluation.
An unprecedented increase in human flourishing was precipitated by an advancement in our communication technology. is founded on the idea that this can happen again: From 's letter to
I'm currently having a exchange on the nature of biological sex. This might be of interest to some of your followers.
Not many other threads, but I had a good convo with on a while back
An unprecedented increase in human flourishing was precipitated by an advancement in our communication technology. is founded on the idea that this can happen again: From 's letter to
Just finished the last installment in the planned 5-letter exchange with . We agreed in advance that this last letter would only be 300 words long...which meant it took about twice as long to write it because I had to keep deleting things!
"...should we be taking the threat of neo-fascism more seriously than we are? Or does the fear of neo-fascism in our society show signs of a moral panic?" to on
"What is socialism... It’s the idea that humanity can free itself, organize itself, and do greater things as a free species than we ever could when so many of us were enslaved to this or that ruler or oppressive system" to on Letter.
The latest letters in my conversation with have published. You'll notice that it take me weeks to respond, but that her replies seem to appear instantly!
In reply to , who asked about being prolific I suspect people get caught up in self-flagellation about discipline as a distraction from facing incompetence. "I lack discipline" is easier to deal with psychologically than "my work sucks"
In Letter #3 in this exchange I try to address your concerns of being called "Nazis" indiscriminately. Let's educate others about what actually constitutes a fascist ideology.
My opening letter to on inequality and the "social democratic" vision. Don't worry , it's not a novel😉
Planning to very intentionally neglect Twitter after this weekend. Will be focused on participating in nuanced and thoughtful conversations at email [email protected] if you’d like to engage in something closer to a real conversation.
"Twitter is a de facto public square. There is no alternative because the POINT of a social media site is the other people who are members... As such, I believe Twitter should be a completely free speech zone" to on
Well, I just could not help expressing my feelings about yesterday's Antifa rally in Portland on the tail end of discussing the value of direct confrontation.
"My tutor told me later that I was awkward & "weird" but since my performance in English was so high and that's what I wanted to study, they took me anyway." on her journey into academia and reconnecting with her homeland.
Thanks for responding to my letter. To anyone reading this tweet, I would encourage you to visit which, I feel, is an interesting and innovative platform for exchanging views. Conversations are open, and setting up an account is easy.
Two emails asking if I wrote the letter at this link. Yes. Purposefully posted it during a twitter break b/c I'm not up to dealing with gazillions of opinions, so won't be here reading/responding, sorry.
Have been discussing G'kar, Babylon 5's prophet, with here
Here is the latest installment in my conversation with . Check it out!
Natasha has really challenged me. It took me three letters to respond and there's more I need to write but that's enough for now. My topic is "Not all white people are enemies" and "allyship"
Hi guys: I’ve written my first letter on #Letterwiki to Holly, re: abortion. I did have some trouble w/adding my note, so was more brief than I’d hoped to be. I’m sure all subjects will be continued & expanded upon in the future. Enjoy!
My exchange with via is now up. We discuss human nature and history, the arguments for and against greater equality, and a lot else.
I've just published the newest installment of my conversation with on Check it out!
Are you on ?? I'm having a great time debating #philosophy as part of the competition. Check out my latest rebuttal
So is a really cool platform where you can create and subscribe to civil debates and conversations and I desperately want weird Catholic Twitter to discover it.
Here is part three of my long, first letter to Gretchen () about how incorrect interpretation of tragedies hurts victims even further.
"I'm not a free speech absolutist, and in fact do not find the 'free speech' framework useful for ensuring productive public speech..." to on
It is my pleasure to begin a conversation with philosopher on , “On Choosing Beliefs” “...Though we’ve never met, I’m going to take this in the spirit of writing a letter to an old friend.” Read & subscribe to the conversation here
If you want a serious discussion or engagement with me please don’t drag me into a Twitter argument as they are tedious. I’d much prefer you write me a message through my account on the wonderful Letter platform. Or, for less polite exchanges... (1/2)
“...yes, culture is an outgrowth of biology. But that doesn’t mean that culture can be straightforwardly treated as yet another manifestation of human biology. It’s far more complicated than that..." to on
I am excited to see and engage in a exchange. I imagine this will be a wild ride!
"...even though the author cherry-picked his data, I’m still a bit terrified by this prospect. If the United States moved to a free-tuition system, would we have to restrict who has access to it in order to keep it affordable for the government?"
I now have two letter conversations going on Moral Realism (thanks to for the objections), which means I got room on my dance card for a few more debates if anyone is interested. 😀
I’d love feedback, thoughts, and questions on this conversation I’m having with about guns, gun violence, and gun control: I think we may even be getting close to an agreement, 17 letters in.
"I suppose we need a study as to whether atheists turn into degenerates or immoral people once they reject religion as true. I cannot provide proof this is not true. So… your skepticism here is legitimate." with
and faced nasty press from those nasty Australians like Arthur.🤣 That takes some guts. I probably would have cried at some of the things that were said. Plus, the SPLC intervened to discredit her. (She is IDW btw).
I started a conversation with about Google making us lose the ability to do research.
Now that I have your attention, and I are discussing Moral realism in old timey letter format. I'm pretty stoked
So is what we’ve all claimed to want.
Good question. The company is still in existential risk territory, so this isn't a priority right now. We intend to share our thoughts on this issue as they evolve - subscribe to this conversation for updates
Thank you for your detailed, interesting, and thoughtful reply to my letter. I’ve responded- I hope it’s not too messy as it’s a bit of a stream-of-consciousness!
So we had some words a while back. Come see the conversation!
looks fascinating, I'd love to find someone to write with. Could be a great way to work through some ideas/stay in writing shape. DM if you're interested in collaborating!
We reached a good plateau in this conversation about gun control. After 14,000 words, we identified a policy change we both agree could reduce gun violence by at least 5% nationwide. Baby steps, but in the right direction.
My first reply is up! Check it out here
Third round of my public correspondence with on the applicability (or not) of multi-level selection theory to ancient history.
My response to on the problems with multi-level selection theory applied to cultural evolution. Nice conversation so far!
“On Nothing”, this one’s for me and ’s die-hard fans 🙃
Latest letter in my #impossibleconversation with BJ on guns and violence. I attempt to calculate a conservative estimate for how much each _new_ gun sale impacts the suicide rate.
I am talking with on about Stoicism, self-improvement, history, technology, and more. Read our letter exchange here
Freedom of speech and anonymity in the public square
Here's my two-part 4000 word response to , about atheism and how I lived the atheist rift: &
New letter: Antifa's accomplishments--an evidence-based assessment of non-violent actions they have accomplished and the question of Domestic Terrorism.
I'd love to see a conversation between and about #virtuesignalling on #ImpossibleConversations
I think I like this platform. :) Thanks to for writing to me. The meta-mathematics and challenges of reaching the private sector with research are great topics.
Here's my two-part 4000 word response to , about atheism and how I lived the atheist rift: &
So isn't the only one getting a little side action on . I got a tasty conversation on free will going on over here while I wait for to come back from his conferencing. Like Socrates says, Always Be Conversing.
In which I defend authoritarian dogma to ! Also, my observations on the damage being done to our communication by fear and contempt.
Replied to again! I'm still harping on the social/natural science distinction, but I'm trying to stay relevant to the points Logan is making. Hopefully this wasn't too insufferable!
I am very pleased to say that his convo is being watched by non-academics like my friend Nick Tippett and it is interesting to note how he views it--"vanity" is one term I find very intriguing here.
An interesting new sensemaking tool: Letter wiki. 
Reality tests not only physical traits, but ideas for fitness. Can a population refuse to renegotiate standards of morality? No. I don't believe it can. But what is our obligation as individuals? My letter to on the fitness of ideas.
"I could be wrong, but I sense the post-rationalist exercise of insight generation points to the skill-set needed to generate the intuitively rich answers we need. " My latest reply to via ...
Got two new responses up on love that long form digital socratic dialogue. It's a writing activity that doesn't make me want to crawl out of my own skin.
My 8-letter exchange with on cultural and biological evolution.
"Gender" is a murky concept and has many meanings to different people. Because of this, I tend to avoid talking about gender and instead focus on biological sex. I recently wrote a response dealing with this topic. You might find it useful.
A reminder that tragedies such as today's tragedy in El Paso are often exploited by the media and disinformation begins to circulate in its wake. It's best we do not participate in this harmful practice.
The world needs ... Finally a place for wholesome discussions that (so far) don't resort to insults as their main argument points.. #thankyou
"It's great to have passionate opinions on things, but I also wish our society rewarded being more cautious in our beliefs..." -
Got two new responses up on love that long form digital socratic dialogue. It's a writing activity that doesn't make me want to crawl out of my own skin.
I just finished my first reply in the letter exchange started with me on moral realism
Hi Helen & Max, is a platform purpose built for this kind of exchange. The written format enables participants in a debate to carefully consider and present their best arguments. Message me if you're interested - I'd love to help.
My discussion with about philosophy of science can be found on the very cool platform called Letter
I'm sad, because twitter didn't notify me that you retweeted this. So I didn't see that you had responded. I've actually been binging on the posts for about a week now. I agree it's a much less "violent" discussion platform. Great job!
"My boarding school was of the stern, old-fashioned kind, like a cross between the army and prison, with a touch of "Lord of the Flies" thrown in" on Authenticity & Belonging
What is God? What is religion? A case against counterfeits.
More debate on #Pragmatism. Are you on yet?
just had a chat with & who are the cofounders of – I think they're on to something here. Something compelling about this particular format (1k words max, p2p letters, public-facing). Write me! Be an early adopter
Human Cultural Evolution: A Letter Exchange | In a recent exchange of letters, hosted on the platform , Massimo Pigliucci and David Sloan Wilson explored the question of whether multi-level selection theory
#ImpossibleConversations A divisive topic I tend to avoid in polite conversation, but here we go.
A new letter to Pam Crouch about recent mass tragedies and how these relate to her personal experience.
Agreed. & I are designing social media alternatives for positive humans that value ideas (Twitter/text types) over aesthetics (Instagram/images types). You might find your tribe there - - .
"My goal, on the matters of #science and #religion, is to help people set aside both their fear and their contempt in the furtherance of #truth..." to on
"Placing anisogamy over this phenotype is more of a social overlay than the other way around: it requires you to suspend what is otherwise an obvious biological presentation to re-categorize someone entirely for the sake of theory."
Hey Ryan, I wrote you a new letter--finally! I had to think it over. Brosef
Why cannot simply CHOOSE to believe in talking snakes or flying horses, even if his life depended on it (and neither can anyone else). My response to Peter for (also discussing the work of & ).
Awesome. I'm working on a platform with & that's purpose-built for this. I think you'll dig it
#ImpossibleConversations Natasha and I will discuss some topics that are sometimes difficult to navigate.
So, and I have been discussing postmodernism and Foucault and critical race theory on . Unfortunately, we are both very verbose people who like to qualify everything so it could make you lose the will to live.
I forgot to share the letter wrote to me. In which we continue our conversation about tribalism and radicalisation, and Elle forces me to think about a worthwhile counter movement.
Again, why aren't yall on ? It truly is a sexy good time...
. & Reading your letter exchange: Related to you having beer; How do handle the occurances of police convincing perfectly innocent people that they have committed a crime?
Hey all--I've had the privilege of exchanging long form ideas with on this fantastic new platform, Letter. Would love to see what y'all think about this exchange on the IDW.
Robert Challis & I continue to correspond about free speech, anonymity & social media on .
Very nice job in an attempt to understand this phenomenon. I am engaged in a similar conversation on with Anti-Fascist researcher Mike Isaacson . We're still working things out.
I replied to a letter on — on Adorno, Nietzsche, Lenin, and more.
I replied to a letter on — on Adorno, Nietzsche, Lenin, and more.
Our new exchange on Antifa and policing. Please do not tag my interlocuter at the this time. I am not going to respond right now until I have fully digested these ideas.
Looking for a Social Justice leftist to convince that Identity Politics is a good strategy for the left. I know some of you reading this believe that: make your case! We want to hear your voices.
Meaningful conversations are pivotal to progress. I believe it's the only way forward. I have been corresponding with Gretchen from on the unexpected events surrounding #Feminist using 'Letter'. Thank you for connecting us.
"This trend of saying that societies 'never had a third sex' is nonsensical....gender categories aside, a separate category for intersex individuals seems more 'natural' than pointing to someone with a penis and ovaries and categorizing them as a woman."
My 3rd letter to completes the trilogy. This one on why I think it'll be relatively easy to write a Universal Declaration of Human Morals, but much tougher (impossible?) to write a Universal Declaration of Human Values.
Conversations are possible on that could not take place publicly in writing anywhere else. It’s become a space of deeper, more healing explorations. Like this one. Sign up! Keep us alive—we are sorely needed.
This is my 2nd letter to , this one focusing on Superiority and Equality. If you wish to be notified when a new letter comes available, you can click the subscribe button in our conversation.
A response to Charles Thomas from me on the topic of Skepticism and Belief.
I've also written a letter to my favourite Twitter philosopher today, over on (where we write letters short & long, on every subject, in homage to the art of epistolary communication). Eagerly awaiting his response.
A million questions and some clarifications on NeoFascism for Mike Isaacson . Also, see his preceding letter on Antifa.
Dear , You made some excellent points in your last letter. I agree we should take those into consideration. I also think they shouldn't discourage us.....
In which I propose (in detail) to that geological and biological claims of a 3500 year-old religious text align with commonly held ideas today about the emergence of life on the Earth.
finally responded to on This could get interesting...
Natasha has graciously offered to restart our #ImpossibleConversation. I think this is pretty cool.
This is great to see: a challenge (with prize money) to pairs of people to have a constructive conversation about a difficult topic. Check out the list of conversations that have already happened, some involving well known people:
I’m delighted to be part of this effort that facilitates difficult, civil conversations. is a remarkable new platform with tremendous potential to transform the way we communicate.
If it enhances the predictive accuracy or the explanatory quality of your theory add a category, if it doesn't don't. A naturalistic theory with two basic biological sexes, which can also predict and explain noisy outcomes, is fine as it is.
The next part of my dialogue with for is up. We discuss political aesthetics, Marx and Hegel, and human freedom under economic conditions.
Check out the conversation on the marriage of Marx and Nietzsche between Alexander Bard (Europe's Justin Murphy) and Justin Murphy (America's Alexander Bard).
Anyone that hasn’t read this, should: Just the beginning
I largely agree with you that, while figures like and are right to attack the excesses of left wing scholarship, their arguments about its reach and power are highly overstated. in conversation with Ken Houston
Check out the first exchange between myself and of on the . We're discussing the differences between socialism and social democracy.
"Can we offer a rough definition of what centrism is? How shall we think of it, if it's not just a simple mean between the activist left and the reactionary right..." to on about #IDW & #Centrism
It *is* possible to have a civil conversation, just not on Twitter.
"Something I am super interested in is the issue 'Corporate Morality'. I have to be very careful with my words here, but is it even a company's place to have a moral stance on such subjects?" replies to my letter
My reply to on worker co-ops is up at
New letter in response to . Is a child's freedom something only the privileged can afford?
Wise words from . Letter has been designed and built around this idea:
I totally agree Bo. Twitter is really not a good place for longform or coherent debates. Have you explored . allows for longform exhanges between two interested parties. Twitter threads go off in too many directions and conversations are derailed.
My buddy Charles Thomas came across a little problem posting to his account, so I have posted his reply to me under my own account. You can see our little debate here. #Skepticism
Dear , I'm looking forward to this tango!
My buddy Charles Thomas came across a little problem posting to his account, so I have posted his reply to me under my own account. You can see our little debate here. #Skepticism
The last part of my exchange with is up. We wrap up our debate on identity politics, inequality and other topics.
"I began to feel a growing disconnect between the things that gave me a sense of fulfillment and the things I had been structuring my life around, so I had to get out" and Elliott Hungerford continue their conversation on education.
Human Cultural Evolution — An Exchange of Letters between David Sloan Wilson & Massimo Pigliucci is a worthy skeptic, but I'm really enjoying the answers from !
For those that have found my thoughts on "IDW Protocol" interesting, has been kind enough to help me flesh them out on (h/t ). I'm really enjoying where this convo is going. Let me know what you think!
Is infinite universes a better explanation than God? Can life really exist in a variety of conditions? Is silicon based life possible? What evidence exists ?
"I have a contrarian brain which keeps me 'level-headed' to an extent... but my shit is so far from together it's almost comical..." to on
In which I engage in a civil dispute about the necessity of empiricism to science:
My latest reply to is up . I discuss epistemological skepticism, Bob Dylan, Guantanamo, interdisciplinary study, the normative dimensions of economics, and our shared conception of individualism.
If you're sick of the glib Twitter lazy sarcasm, then send me a letter here and I'll do what I can with it
Finally got a chance to start my planned exchange with on the ethics of expropriation. I know I'm overdue on a moral realism and anti-realism response but I should have my next letter to you in a day or two.
I just wrote my first letter. I started a conversation with about
For those that have found my thoughts on "IDW Protocol" interesting, has been kind enough to help me flesh them out on (h/t ). I'm really enjoying where this convo is going. Let me know what you think!
The next part of my correspondence with is up on . We discuss group and individual identity, Lincoln, and Wendy Brown
A friendly conversation concerning skepticism you might find interesting.
"I could see myself getting fairly easily behind a UBI deal that was 1) affordable... and 2) limited the political rights of those who collected it, specifically by denying them the right to vote..." Michael Schultheiss & in conversation
This was a big issue in the debate between Roxane Gay and Christina Sommers if you have had a chance to listen to the documentary Feminism by . Here is my conversation with him.
Letter is a great new platform for long form discussion of everything from politics and philosophy to sci fi and love, and I welcome any correspondence from anyone! Just search my name on and write me (send me love letters if you wish).
My discussion of abortion with continues. Link goes to Sarah's first response, with my latest response to her immediately following. Please register for and subscribe to our conversation!
There's a great conversation about the religion of B5 on , focused more around G'Kar. It's a great read.
No, we will not debate on Twitter. That's not workable at all. That's the point of . I had the same problem with my Antifa buddy. He just started blocking freely.
"...I'm more aware of what’s happening, the kinaesthetic feeling of dominant and vulnerable positions, who’s in danger, how he or she might get out of danger, and so on...." Tom & Ben Emerson discuss #MMA, #BJJ, #ethics, and #philosophy on
You would be a very good voice on . Coming from a country where you were restricted would be a great story to tell. Are you familiar with the platform?
Very interesting idea: open letter exchanges.
Alexander Bard, the European Justin Murphy, in conversation with Justin Murphy, the American Alexander Bard! On #Marx and #Nietzsche!
Wise words from We believe that conversation is how good ideas spread and take affect in the world. Our mission is to advance the quality and impact of conversation -
The lovely & I are writing to each other on about whether—& how much—modern search engines hamper our ability to find unbiased information. 💌
"One of the criticisms was about the fact that you apparently have a penis? If you might address the controversy surrounding this..." to on
I'm involved in a project whose aims are closely aligned with yours. It's called () & is an online, public forum in which people can write letters to each other, one on one, without being derailed by likes, comments, etc.
"talking to people with whom we differ is an opportunity to take stock of where we ourselves are potentially biased." The latest addition to a fascinating conversation between and Michael Schultheiss on political polarization
Check out this exchange between & . Should Conor and I get a creative commons license for the "Hippocratic Oath for the Culture War"? My daemon is already saying "do it" ...
"I also agree with your desire for equal opportunity for women and men to engage in sport and perform on the world stage. I don't agree, however, with the use of the term equity in this context..." to on
Oh damn, just discovered — super cool; a space for long form letters and conversation 🤓 (h/t)
"I will devote the rest of my final letter reporting my experience." Read the final letters from & 's exchange - and subscribe to enter the draw to receive their latest books here
My reply to is up . I discuss Kierkegaard's leap of faith, existentialism, Brothers Karamazov, Adam Smith, & the economic approach to human behavior, all with an eye toward the Enlightenment project on which Matt & I agree.
The next part of my correspondence with is up. We discuss Bob Dylan, the War on Terror and a number of other topics
While building together & I have been trying to square our differences regarding Religion. Mike's latest letter in our exchange can be viewed here.
In which I engage in a civil dispute about the necessity of empiricism to science:
Thank you Mike for your response. It is tough to hear but I suspected this was the reality. After I give it some thought, I will ask some more practical questions about how we can help to educate the public more.
I am writing for a new medium called involving exchanges on different topics. People might like my letters with of on post-modernism and politics. Thanks and . might enjoy.
"You’re all excited to fuse “what is” questions with “what to do” questions but you’re about to be sorry to be having that conversation with me..." DESTROYS on Ok not really, but this conversation is fantastic.
Correct. Twitter is not to be taken seriously, and the public-facing platform is not designed for having productive conversations. Have those privately or on .
well done and Rathbone! Two intelligent blokes having a well balanced discussion.
I've responded to on the Ethics of Expropriation on LetterWiki
Everything is determined by luck, so there's no robust control and that's the kind we need to secure the sorts of moral responsibility that would justify retributive models of punishment. I've been laying out my views on this on letters recently
"I have passionately argued that the art is not the artist. And yet...later that day...I found myself having an inner conflict..." - "my position is shaky in regards to Handke and I want to explore why." to
In the latest installment of my conversation with on , I take a deep dive into optimistically tackling complexity #metamodernism #philosophy
Just wrote a response to my interlocutor, , in which I may have gone a bit overboard and ended up rambling about irrelevancies. Regardless, I can't wait to hear back!
Lovely Australian hunks & created the platform to give us a space to talk to each other (not just snark, signal & carp at or about each other) free from third parties derailing discussion & exhaustions of trolls.
Lots of us want to talking about things no one around us in real life is interested in (I know I do—that’s why I’m here). But a two-way conversation is much more satisfying. That’s what we want to facilitate.
Yes! I write about this on & I was inspired by Timbah's video. (Also, you should check out Letter if you enjoy going into topics in more depth).
Brilliant take on the political dysphoria experienced by sane Leftists. “Intersectionality ...[valorises] victimhood through identity, a victimhood it ascribes to certain identities regardless of any individual’s experiences or preferences.” - Holly Smith
Letter is here: it’s a digital platform for public one-on-one letter exchanges. Would love to have you on board.
has a new feature called "Letter in a Bottle" where a member may write an open letter and be willing to discuss the topic. This one is very good.
Is there something you'd like to discuss or share with me in more depth? Write to me .
"The crisis is our last opportunity to practice equanimity, to test our faith, and to prove our collective intelligence and knowledge (to accept the certitude that the world offers)." Happy to see a metamodern presence on !
Is Captain Kirks cheating/winning the "no-win scenario" of the Kobayashi Maru test an act of metagaming excellence? A good question from via .
My reply to on , on Metamodernism & Philosophy
I'm wondering if we should move this to a discussion where this is all in one place. I could start by asking questions to help keep you focused cuz you are losing me a little in threads.
If you had the time and were willing to expend it on such, I'd be happy to discuss this long form via email or or similar. I say this because I've genuinely enjoyed talking to you but don't think we're going to get any further in 280 characters.
As President of Street Epistemology International, I hear your concerns and would be glad to have a conversation about the compatibilism of Social Justice with SE and humanism if you're interested. Feel free to send me a letter
Will be taking a macabre turn for Halloween?
I am looking forward to engaging in this exchange with where we'll try to figure out what this metagame thing is all about.
Bob Brenton has sent me a Letter, and I've replied, with some caveats!
: "With the first pick in the draft, we the Secular Humanist Delegation select......Martin Luther King Jr!!!"