Daily Hilarity: Republicans Confuse Reagan For Eisenhower

The Onion reports on the blunder: WASHINGTON—At a press conference Monday, visibly embarrassed leaders of the Republican National Committee acknowledged that their nonstop, effusive praise of Ronald Reagan has been wholly unintentional, admitting they somehow managed to confuse him with Dwight D. Eisenhower for years. The GOP’s humiliating blunder was discovered last weekend by RNC [Read More...]

The Role Of Honor In Moral Revolutions

Kwame Anthony Appiah explores a thesis I’ve never heard before in his new book, The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen summarized by Matthew Pianalto: Judged by contemporary Western standards, honour has a mixed moral record. On the one hand, a sense of gentlemanly honour underwrote the practice of duelling, long after it had been [Read More...]

The Banality Of Facts

Sendai Anonymous picks apart a critique of Hannah Arendt’s famous analysis of Nazi Adolf Eichmann as embodying the banality of evil: It is the last paragraph of Sholem’s letter that seems to me most revealing: Sholem remarks that he regrets that she rejected the previous version of her analysis of evil, an analysis that was [Read More...]

Darwin’s Daily Routine

There’s a fascinating website called Daily Routines, which documents, in its own words “how writers, artists, and other interesting people organize their days”.  Via Francis Darwin’s memories of his father’s life, they have an entry on the rigid routine of Darwin’s life in his middle and later years: 7 a.m. Rose and took a short [Read More...]

Listen Here To An Audio Book Of Darwin’s “Beagle Diary”

BBC Radio 4 ran readings of Beagle’s Diary as its Book of the Week in December 2006.  Here are all five episodes: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, and Episode 5. A description of the book from The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online: The Beagle Diary is read by Jo Stone-Fewings. Each episode is introduced by historian [Read More...]

Would The Founding Fathers Ever Mandate People Buy Health Insurance?

Some already did: In July of 1798, Congress passed – and President John Adams signed – “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen.” The law authorized the creation of a government operated marine hospital service and mandated that privately employed sailors be required to purchase health care insurance. Keep in mind that [Read More...]

Should We Fear An Influential Muslim Brotherhood Would Push Authoritarian Islamic Policies?

Nathan Brown is a political science professor at George Washington University and director of the school’s Institute for Middle East Studies.  He gives an overview of the Muslim Brotherhood’s evolution from their found through to today, explains how their renunciation of violent means came to pass decades ago, why al-Qaeda sees them as sell outs, [Read More...]

Inside The Medieval Mind: Knowledge

A description of the 6 part video which begins below (click through to watch the whole thing): One of the world’s greatest authorities on the Middle Ages, Professor Robert Bartlett of St Andrew’s University, investigates the intellectual landscape of the medieval world. In the first programme, Knowledge, he explores the way medieval man understood the world [Read More...]

True Religion?

Many a religious person defending her own religious beliefs will argue that a given politically, morally, or intellectually unflattering interpretation of her faith is simply not a true representation of her faith.  While the question of who has the right or the adequate means to decisively determine with any rational clarity which competing interpretation of any [Read More...]


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