What is “Justice”? Karl Popper’s Definition

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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]

John MacFarlane Video Lecture on Pandoc & Haskell (4 parts)

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A great 4-part lecture by the Berkley-based Philosopher John MacFarlane, who may be more well known in geek-circles for being the author of the program Pandoc — which converts file formats from just about anything to just about anything else. It’s written in Haskell, and is likely the most popular open-source Haskell program around. Very… [Read More]

Updated: How to Install Pandoc on Arch-Based Systems (Manjaro, Antergos, Arch Bang, etc)

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I updated my “How to Install the Haskell Platform on Arch Linux” post. I’ve found two things recently that you may like to know if you’re a haskell-ite: Haddock isn’t in the Haskell-Core repos anymore, so you need to build from Cabal (unless I’m missing something…) I’m preferring to build Pandoc with Cabal Install, as… [Read More]

Salman Rushdie on “9/11 Liberals” – And My Commentary on Anti-American Nutjobs, Human Rights, Violence, and Religion

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It’s an odd term, “9/11 Liberal”, but it seems to have some truth to it: a Liberal on nearly all things, save for their pro-war stance concerning the issue of Islamist terrorism. Here’s a little video of Salman Rushdie on Bill Maher discussing this issue: I ceased being a “Liberal” long ago and took the… [Read More]

Ayn Rand (Goddess of Pseudo-Intellectuals) gets Hitch-Slapped & Her Cult gets Swindled by Reality

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]

Does Birth Order Change Personality? OR – Your Mom Really DID Love Your Sister More!

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Did birth-order affect your personality? No. “Reluctant to give up their belief in birth order, some theorists have instead given up their faith in standard self-report personality tests (see “Why Did Sulloway’s Results Differ From Those of Ernst and Angst?” forthcoming on this website). They’ve claimed that these tests are invalid — that they are… [Read More]

Leonard Susskind Lecture – Why is Time a 1-Way Street?

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Brilliant lecture by Leonard Susskind. He begins by complaining that Power Point presentations are ruining his culture! I agree. I got into mathematics, in part, because of an excessive love of chalk and chalkboards. And I had to go into weightlifting because it is one of the only bastions left where being covered in chalk… [Read More]

Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Atheism, Religion, Einstein, Evolution, etc [Video]

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson sent this letter to the Editor of the New York Times in 2006: “To the Editor: People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah’s ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the need to… [Read More]