Philosophical Ethics: Whether It’s Worth It To Be Just With No Incentives Or With Disincentives

Before we get to the philosophy this time, let’s enjoy my favorite Flaming Lips song: In a series of posts this semester, I am going to blog all (or almost all) the lecture topics for the two Philosophical Ethics classes I am teaching this semester. Each of these posts will primarily explicate the reading or [Read More…]

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“There’s A Rep For That”

Robtish has another great video, this one on the most offensive Republican Congresspeople and some of their most outrageous remarks and legislative proposals: Thanks again to Gaytheists. Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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Gay Marriage = Religious Freedom

Another great video from before the inception of Camels With Hammers worth catching up on in case you missed it.  This one is from robtish, who has other terrific videos on his youtube channel. It’s not just a cheerleading or general argument video but an in-depth information video with a bunch of important facts refuting some [Read More…]

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The Real Thing

If I had my way, I’d spend every October weekend retreated to a beautiful autumnal countryside. Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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Scientists Pwn Those Lying About Their Work For Creationist Agendas

PZ Myers points us to two great letters from scientists to creationists distorting the meaning of their work.  The idea that non-biologists commenting on the internet can feel entitled to go around calling legitimate biologists frauds is so stupefying to me.  Do these people have no humility, no appreciation for the rigors of specialized scientific [Read More…]

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Ig Nobel Prize Winning Research On Sword Swallowing And Its Side Effects

Fascinating stuff: via True Slant There are 6 videos on Ig Nobel Prize winners on youtube from Submarine Channel. Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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Humanist Symposium #44

Cubik’s Rube presents this month’s extraordinary array of impressive blog posts submitted for the Humanist Symposium with a good deal of style and engagement.  I most recommend you check out the symposium and the blog’s featured therein. [Read more…]

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Extrinsic Motivation A Poor Substitute For Intrinsic Motivation

I’ve always had a personal and philosophical aversion to motivation that is rooted in extrinsic rewards.  I balk pretty heavily at the idea that moral actions can be motivated by the hope for rewards or the fear of punishment.  I am Kantian to the extent that I am firmly convinced that however right one’s action [Read More…]

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Sundaily Hilarity: Puppet Love

So so creepy. Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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