From The Open Society and Its Enemies What do we really mean when we speak of ‘Justice’? … I think those whose general outlook is humanitarian mean something like this: an equal distribution of the burden of citizenship, i.e., of those limitations of freedom which are necessary in social life; equal treatment of the citizens… [Read More]
Philosophy of mathematics, epistemology, ethics, mathematical philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of science, etc...
Hitchens comments on the “transcendently awful” novels of Ayn Rand: And a collection of her cult-followers get slapped by reality. From Solon: Rand’s heroes aren’t just rapists, woman-beaters, and thieves. They’re also terrorists who freely blow up or burn properties for ideological reasons, or simply because things didn’t turn out as they might have liked…. [Read More]
I’ve been reading Hitch 22, Christopher Hitchens’ memoir. It’s absolutely fantastic. In fact, it’s one of the best memoirs I’ve read in a very long time. As you might expect, it’s gotten me onto a Hitchens-kick, as of late. Tamara and I watched a few debates between Hitch and some notables recently. I’ve watched a… [Read More]
The Weekly Standard on the rise of the liberalization of some Evangelical views: [A] new generation has ascended to leadership of NAE, which reports membership of 40 denominations that include about 45,000 local churches. The new NAE has distanced itself from the old religious right with more liberal stances on the environment, U.S. enhanced interrogation… [Read More]
I just found a fantastic article by the late Robert Nozick over at Cato. It’s titled, “Why do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?” Nozick was a major proponent of free markets, and has become a go-to guy for many Libertarians like myself who never liked the Ayn Rand side of the Libertarian crowd. In this article he’s… [Read More]
John Hawks takes a paragraph of a new book by William Burroughs, “Climate Change in Prehistory,” and runs with it. It has to do with the clash between mature sciences and emerging new sciences. Here’s the paragraph Hawks refers to: It is often easier to write with confidence on fast-developing and relatively new areas of… [Read More]
Social Scientist have contended for much of the last century that we cannot approach the study of human behavior with the same tools that we would use to study the natural world. This is hogwash. And Karl Popper, the great 20th century philosopher, would agree with me. Humans are animals, they are made up of… [Read More]
On the Big Ideas Blog there is a post about the different types of reasoning, Analytic vs. Synthetic, and their relavence to the existence or non-existence of God. But, my favorite passage was one concerning we mathematicians: The requirement of reasonableness might be illustrated as follows. Imagine Tom, John and Jane live in a country… [Read More]
Gershom Gorenburg discusses what it takes to prove you’re a Jew. In response, Robert Wright wonders what it would take to prove you were a Southern Baptist. If he figures it out, my family would be interested.
A discussion about gerontology and anti-aging.