Browsing All Posts published on »February, 2012«

A Philosophical and Financial Case for an Aggressive Estate Tax

February 15, 2012


The Occupy Movement is dormant for the moment. Cold temperatures and aggressive police forces have forced tents out of parks and financial districts in major cities around the world, but there are still rumblings. Occupy Oakland is still highly active,Rick Santorum was glitter-bombed by Occupy Tacoma yesterday, and there is a global general strike planned for May […]

The Worst Possible Time to Explode: Zeppelins and the Multi-Level Perspective

February 11, 2012


I’ve decided to start writing about my academic work on this blog.  Science and technology are among the most important forces shaping our world today, so it is very strange and unfortunate that there is very little popular understanding of the complex origins theories we use to understand the world and the devices we use […]

10 Responses to the phrase ‘Man Up’

February 10, 2012


This is exactly the kind of aggressive, passionate and well thought-out response we need to start giving to traditional masculinity and those small-minded people who might try to force it on us. If I had a tenth of this guy’s talent with the language, I’d be trying to do the same kind of thing. We […]

Utilitarian Etiquette, or a Beginner’s Guide to Basic Common Decency.

February 8, 2012


Penn Jillette is having a row with Jenn McCreight over the word ‘cunt’. Jillette made a facebook comment on an article he didn’t like, calling the author a ‘talentless cunt’. McCreight did a pretty good job calling him out on it, which ignited a massive flamewar in her article’s comment thread, prompting her to write a second […]

Smart, but not rational.

February 7, 2012


Yesterday, George Monbiot released a highly controversial column in which he called all right-wingers stupid. This is a sentiment commonly heard in private liberal company, but Monbiot’s bluntness will be shocking even to those who completely agree with him: “It feels crude, illiberal to point out that the other side is, on average, more stupid […]