Monthly Archives: June 2008

Bill Moyers & Michael Winship: It Was Oil, All Along

Bill Moyers does an excellent article relating oil with the War in Iraq: Oh, no, they told us, Iraq isn’t a war about oil. That’s cynical and simplistic, they said. It’s about terror and al Qaeda and toppling a dictator … Continue reading

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Do humans have a greater right to live than other animals?

An interesting question was posted on askphilosophers.com: Do humans have a greater right to live than other animals? If so, would beings of much greater intelligence and perception hold that same right over humans? Any thoughts?

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Derrida on Forgiveness

A really interesting talk about forgiveness from the philosopher Jacques Derrida.  Forgiveness cannot happen if the object is forgiveable because it automatically applies that forgiving that someone is “too easy.”  I know I’m butchering it.  Thus, one can only forgive … Continue reading

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Artificially Grown Meat

Scientists have recently discovered a possible way to grow meat.  So here’s a question: would you eat it? I’ve been wondering if vegitarians and members of P.E.T.A. would eat it.  I think if they didn’t eat meat for moral reasons, … Continue reading

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Good “Thinking” Books

A lot of people have been asking me, “Shaun, what’s a good book to read but that isn’t that deep?”  I’m guessing not too philosophical.  Well, I do have some books that I really enjoy and they are actually readable … Continue reading

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Question: Does science make belief in God obsolete?

An interesting site that shows both sides of the argument. The info taken below is from Prelocutionary II website. The Templeton foundation has published a 13 essay booklet on the topic edited by Michael Shermer. On the “Yes” side Victor … Continue reading

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Politics and the Brain

A recent study came out which you can read here. Basically, the recent brain-imaging study shows that our political predilections are a product of unconscious confirmation bias. In other words, we first come up with an opinion (for example, being … Continue reading

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All Scholarships are a form of Affirmative Action

Not really, but hear me out. Let’s ask what’s the point of affirmative action.  Well, it started with Johnson’s presidency and the purpose was to rectify previous injustices, and to disestablish institutional racism. Now, the applications of this have been … Continue reading

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Sacredness of Life

So here’s a question I’ve been thinking about: is life sacred? Many people consider life (especially human life) sacred, but what does that mean? If life is sacred, why is it sacred? UPDATE: Perhaps the word “sacred” is a bad … Continue reading

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