Let’s See What’s in the News Today (June 14, 2015)

Climate Change

  • A website dedicated to getting 100% renewable, clean energy.  It was built by engineers.


  • Paul Bloom argues that imagining the lives of others (what he considers as empathy) is harder than “if we rely instead on more abstract principles of justice and fairness, along with a more diffuse compassion.”  In other words, rational thoughts about ethics is better than emotional empathy.
  • Stephen Hawking: “I would consider assisted suicide only if I were in great pain or felt I had nothing more to contribute but was just a burden to those around me.”


  • Part 6 of Reilly-Cooper’s “what I believe about sex and gender.”
  • An interesting proposal to reduce gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation to quantitative theory.



  • “A new study finds that inmates in private prisons are likely to serve as many as two to three more months behind bars than those assigned to public prisons and are equally likely to commit more crimes after release, despite industry claims to lower recidivism rates through high-quality and innovative rehabilitation programs.”


  • Hillary Clinton is the same as Barack Obama “only more militant.”  That’s Noam Chomsky in an interview about politics, Israel, drone strikes, and that Osama bin Laden had two of his books.


  • Rachel Dolezal, president of the N.A.A.C.P., is sparking a national debate about race.  She was born Caucasian, but she identifies as black.  Now race is not a biological concept, but a sociological one.  There’s some discussion about whether this is comparable to transgender issues.  Here’s is a great post about what is considered “passing.”



About shaunmiller

I have just completed a visiting position as an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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