Browsing All posts tagged under »Utilitarianism«

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 […]

Gelatogate and A Theory of Justified Offense

November 23, 2011


I’ve been rolling this around in my brain for a while, but it’s essay-writing season and so I’ve either been too busy or too lazy to actually write about it without some prompting. Luckily, the skeptic community has provided me with just the prompt I needed to drag myself away from my heterogeneous combination of innovation studies […]

6 Pro-Eviction Arguments Refuted.

November 15, 2011


Last Saturday in my hometown of Halifax, mayor Peter Kelly negotiated with the occupiers to vacate the parade square for Remembrance day.  When they complied by moving to another park, he sent the police in to clear them out with physical force. 14 people were arrested, mostly for sitting nonviolently in tents. Last night in […]

The White Poppy

November 10, 2011


Every day on my way to school, I pass by a quaker meeting house. About a week ago, I noticed that they were selling white poppies for a small donation. I decided to pick one up, and I have been wearing it on my coat for the past week. The British aren’t quite as religious about […]