Tesla, Patents, and the Open Source Movement

June 20, 2014

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You may have heard that Tesla Motors recently released all their patents to the world for free. Here’s Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s explanation for why he took this somewhat unorthodox move: “Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then […]

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Why aren’t Cyclists Angrier?

March 23, 2014

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I was pulling up to a red light on my commute home one day last summer when I heard the screech of rubber on the pavement. A the car swerved violently around me, coming to a stop about twenty feet ahead to take its place at the end of the queue of cars. I followed […]

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On Justice and Libertarianism

December 8, 2013

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This is an ambitious post. In it, I aim to point out a fundamental and possibly insurmountable problem with libertarian ethics. I’ve been mulling this post over over for a while, but the recent Black Friday strikes and protests at Walmarts across the US provide excellent context for the argument I want to make. What […]

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Speech as an act of violence

May 19, 2013

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The vile, misogynist, hate-mongering trolls that plague the atheist movement have recently sunk to a new low. Last week, a guy named Justicar posted a video on Youtube in which he demonstrates how he used a photograph posted on Twitter by retired blogger Jen McCreight to find the location of her boyfriend’s house. Then he […]

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Why The Practicality Trolls are Wrong

May 11, 2013

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I’m going to start by coining a phrase: Practicality troll. n. One who blames young people for their own economic misfortune, on the grounds that they chose an impractical education or career path. Practicality trolls are not hard to find. One only needs to find a news article about the economic situation of today’s young people. Whether […]

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I’ve started another blog.

January 19, 2013

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I’m going to start this brief announcement post with the classic blogger’s apology. I’m sorry I haven’t been posting very often lately. Those of you who know me personally will probably have a pretty good idea of the reason for this, but for the benefits of readers who don’t, I’ll explain. I’ve alluded to a […]

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Thoughts on Veganism III: Kantian Carnivorism

December 16, 2012

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Is this really any more humane than the quick death of a free-range pig?

This is the third of three posts detailing my thoughts on veganism. The first post explained why I thought, at that time, that it was okay to eat certain kinds of meat, and announced the beginning a month-long experiment in which I temporarily adopted a vegan diet. That experiment is now over, and my second post […]

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