Monthly Archives: September 2010

Why “Well, it’s just my opinion” fails

At Overcoming Bias, there’s a great list on why opinions are “signs that your opinions function more to signal loyalty and ability than to estimate truth.” My favorites are: 2. You have little interest in getting clear on what exactly … Continue reading

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Book Review: The End of Faith by Sam Harris

I have read three of the four so called “Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”  They are: Sam Harris, Daniel Dennet, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens.  I don’t plan on reading Dawkins book, at least not for a while.  From the excerpts … Continue reading

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Locke’s Strange Notions on Acquiring Property

This week, I read the entire Second Treatise by John Locke.  I’ve read it before, so reading it again was a nice way for not only of review, but also delving into the complexities of the treatise. I particularly concentrated … Continue reading

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Religion and Truth Claims

This is my first week at Marquette University and I’m already delved into the academic world.  So far this week, I’ve been reading a detailed analysis of Plato’s Euthyphro, Berlin’s Two Concepts of Liberty, and some excerpts from my philosophy … Continue reading

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