August 2013 archive

The Silence of Descartes and Bacon

Reading (again) (this time in Daly) about how during the Renaissance it was so inconceivable that women were knowledgeable, especially with regard to the human body, that when they cured various ailments, they were not lauded as competent physicians but accused of consorting with the devil; such ‘witches’ were tortured with eye-gougers, branding irons, spine-rollers, …

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Taxing the Rich

Of course the rich people should have to pay higher taxes. Not because of some sacrifice for the common good principle or some trickle down principle or some from each according to their ability principle, but because they don’t deserve their money. There, I said it. They don’t deserve their millions. Even if I worked …

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Reporting What Women Do

What if, for just one year, the media reported 90% of the time what women are doing instead of, as is now the case, what men are doing? Not because what women do is better, or more newsworthy, but just to see how it would change our outlook, our world view. The news might be …

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Better than Speech Codes

Instead of prohibiting ‘hate speech’, we should just prohibit all claims made without reasons. Oh how our society would change! If we were legally compelled to provide reasons, justifications, evidence, for every claim we made in public… No exemptions for politicians – every speech, every statement to the press… No exemptions for business – every …

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