I sometimes have trouble expressing my thoughts in the moment, during the heat of a discussion. Below is a lightly edited response that I sent in writing to my friend after he made some comments in passing. These are not responses original to me. Most of the examples below can be found in Alvin Plantinga, […]
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 […]
Thought of the day:
Memes are good conversation starters…But NOT good arguments.
Unrelated Articles of the day:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-liberal-gets-religion-1473722200 (you do not need to subscribe to WSJ to read this, just type the title “A Liberal ‘Gets’ Religion” in Google search)
Coercion and cultural bias against conservative religious groups?
-U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report- http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/Peaceful-Coexistence-09-07-16.PDF
-New American Bar Association Rules- http://www.albertmohler.com/2016/08/12/briefing-08-12-16/
I have long been convinced by certain arguments about the hypocrisy of many big corporations (see HERE, HERE, and HERE) relating to the surge in LGBT support and a recent Financial Times article called The Business of Gay Pride has further added to my understanding of the situation. The article takes a look at how quickly the Gay Pride brand 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 […]
“I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true” -Neil deGrasse Tyson I dream of the same world. I think the difference between Tyson and I would be that we both disagree with what truth is. Not that either of us necessarily […]
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”