Gender Asymmetry, Again

I had a post a bit more than a year ago titled A Third Approach to Gender Equality.The heart of the post was the assertion that male and female humans have certain distinct characteristics separate from each other, and that taking those differences into account -- through an overview that admits of something I call "gender asymmetry" -- is necessary to develop approaches to equality.Men have advantages over women. For instance, men's naturally greater strength and athletic ability. Which … [Read more...]

Four Reasons I’m Voting for Hillary Clinton

Something interesting happened today and it opened my eyes to something I didn't know I didn't know.I was reading news headlines and came across one that said, basically, that Bernie Sanders was gaining on Hillary and might present a serious challenge. There's been a steady flow of these stories since Bernie entered the race. For sensationalistic reasons -- a tight race is more exciting to the yahoos -- the news media insists on framing the competing campaigns as a neck-and-neck run, with … [Read more...]

Annoying Thoughts on the Verge of Christmas

The world around us – through holiday stories, songs, animated movies, TV shows, sweet little homilies delivered to us daily in every medium -- teaches us about automatic happy endings, happily-ever-afters, free gifts delivered for the price of being “good,” all sorts of magical happy inevitabilities, all of which will come to us as we relax and live our lives.But it never teaches us those things AREN’T automatically true. We’re left to figure out on our own that there’s no Santa, no Care Bea … [Read more...]

The Sly Accusation of Islamophobia

I think we're all making a big mistake in defining "Islamophobia" as "hates Muslims."OF COURSE it's wrong to hate people. But it's not wrong to have serious reservations about a religion, a philosophy or a culture. It's not wrong to judge IDEAS, and to find them wanting.Because there really are inferior cultures and beliefs, cultures that deserve to be hated and stamped out. I grew up in one of them -- a racist Southern culture which insisted that skin color should be the decider for … [Read more...]

Reason Riders Barbecue

Press Release from Reason Riders Chapter President Brian "Bishop" Christian:--------------------------------The Reason Riders Atheist Motorcycle Group Chapter 1 in Buckeye, Arizona is holding their first Rally on Sunday, November 15. It's a BBQ Meet and Greet to introduce the sitting Officers to prospective new members and to honor the group’s special guest The Green Knights MMC Chapter 28 out of Luke AFB.The Reason Riders will be providing free BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs cooked by “ … [Read more...]

Paris.

There's a storm of media coverage happening, lots of talking heads talking. I'm waiting for information to accumulate, hoping to get some sense of the big picture.I do see the assholes are already blaming Obama for ... whatever. I'm sure there'll be plenty more of that tomorrow.But my initial reaction is ... Damn. Just damn. … [Read more...]


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