Expressing one’s opinion about life, politics, religion etc… is widely accepted in today’s culture. That is, unless your view is critical of or dissents against the dogma presented in the corporate world, media, and entertainment. I can speak from personal experience (as well as present statistical evidence HERE, HERE, and HERE) that there is an extreme bias towards […]
In a bit of a condescending fashion, TIME explains here that Oxford’s word of the year 2016, ‘post-truth’, “…describes a situation in which feelings trump facts” (emphasis added) The word ‘trump’ is a crucial addition as the article goes on to describe the results of Brexit and the U.S. 2016 election of Trump as epitomizing the meaning of […]
It’s Not Airbnb’s Job To Check Me for Bigotry (The Federalist) Airbnb is requiring all of its customers to sign a “Community Commitment” by agreeing to not discriminate based upon sexual identity and gender orientation among others. If you do not sign the agreement you cannot use their services. According to Joy Pullmann, In a supremely […]
Over the past several months I have been encouraged by finding self-identified “classical liberals” calling for more dialogue between opposing views in response to the volatile political climate. One of these voices is Dave Rubin. I respect what he is trying to do even though I disagree with him on many levels in terms of policy. He is […]
In today’s marketplace of ideas it is easy to get bogged down in the game of name-calling. The idea being that it is much easier to discount someone’s argument once their personal reputation has been soiled. Unfortunately, this seems to be “winning” strategy on all sides of the political spectrum and the election season IS its […]
The definition of pragmatism PHILOSOPHY an approach that assesses the truth of meaning of theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application. (Google search) If a person thinks that the truth or falsity of a religion/worldview (I am defining religion as a set of beliefs that attempts to describe reality) […]
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/16/1421659/-An-Evangelical-responds-to-Sanders-speech-at-Liberty-U?detail=email I appreciate the above article. If anything, it goes to prove that, contrary to popular belief, Liberty University is diverse and open to alternative views. My wife graduated from there and I went there for two years but graduated from another college. We loved attending and have some great friends and memories from Liberty. […]
I think the world could use more satire. The wildly popular Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert t.v. shows provide examples of the power of satire. They are entertaining but also packed with significant meaning for many people. My only concern regarding folks (usually in my generation) who enjoy these types of programs is: making sure that we also supplement our craving for political satire with alternative, well informed and serious, information on all topics. Satirical writing and humor is used as a gateway to raise awareness but should not be the sole source of our view on reality. Satire should lead us to delve deeper into topics but not leave us content in our knowledge of a subject. Definition: sat·ire-ˈsaˌtī(ə)r/
:the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. Taken from Google search: “Satire”
Interesting article. A lot of it was over my head but it is always nice to re-confirm infighting and disagreement among naturalists. Scientists dont have the corner on truth. Science is a term broadly used today to mean “truth” (scientism). This is false however as science is merely a methodology that provides raw data. Scientists are humans who have just as many biases and dogmas as any joe on the street. The author notes how “evolution” has been used by scientists as a method of gaining power and advancing political agendas throughout recent history. On a side note, if only physical explanations of human consciousness and behavior are available (as naturalism postulates), then I would like the author to offer an alternative-more plausible option than evolutionary psychology.
an example of Cognitive Dissonance in politics: people who use free enterprise and capitalism to their advantage (rightfully) and accumulate wealth through smart choices and hard work while AT THE SAME TIME voting for and supporting anti-capitalistic socialistic policies. They do this because they believe that their values are in conflict with their behaviors.