Monday, August 12, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
This is the first part of a series on concepts. In this series, I will talk about the way in which people use and misuse concepts, as well as a few things you can do to help aid in the appropriate use of your concepts. This series is ongoing (so stay tuned for more!) To start, I’m going to outline what I mean by ‘concept’ and why it is we have them.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Two weeks ago, I asked you to investigate the REAL justification for opposing discrimination. For those of you who need a refresher, the dilemma proceeds thusly: When confronting topics like racism or sexism, many people will argue along the lines “Group A is just as capable as Group B, so it’s wrong to discriminate against them.” This appears to be a good reason to reject discrimination, and is in fact a reasonable statement when the initial claim holds. But when the initial claim falls apart – particularly when disabled people enter the picture – we find our argument falling apart.
Yet at the same time, most of the people who employ this argument when combatting racism or sexism will also insist that it is wrong to discriminate against disabled people. Still more intriguing, these people are often extremely opposed to the idea that it would be okay to discriminate against, say, the Irish, even if it was determined that Irish people tend to have lower IQs, lower stamina, or weaker verbal skills. If we take away the foundation of the argument, the assumption of equal capability, we find that many people are still against discrimination. The question is, why?
Monday, June 17, 2013
Here’s the basic gist of what actually goes on in most people’s heads. You hear some proposal, say someone suggesting that gay people should be allowed to marry, and for whatever reason, your subconscious doesn’t like the proposal. But your subconscious never tells your mind the actual cause of this dislike, it just tells you that the proposal royally sucks. So you voice your opposition.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Hey guys. As you may know, I'm a graduate student studying physics. I'm beginning the candidacy process tomorrow, and it's basically a 5-week ordeal that involves way too much work. As such, I'm going to put the blog on hiatus until about the second week of June.