Teenagers’ Limbs Cut Off For Stealing

as a crowd of 300 men, women, and children watched: Somalia’s capital Mogadishu was witness, Thursday, to the public amputation of the left leg and right hand from each of four thieves.  They were all teenagers, about seventeen years old. The thieves, were convicted of stealing some mobile phones and two guns by a Whahbist [Read More...]

To Ban Or Not To Ban

A youtube point-counterpoint on this topic (on which I am still interested in your thoughts). Pro-ban: Anti-ban: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Playing Sarkozy’s Advocate

Njustus has kindly accepted my gauntlet to readers to offer on the possibility of the French government outlawing women from publicly wearing burqas.  And his reply is a good one: From a Lockean ’social contract’ perspective, I believe the state should have the power to regulate the wearing of burqas if it can offer a [Read More...]

A Question For My Readers About “Moral Facts”

In metaethics debates, there are disputes between various forms of cognitivists and non-cognitivists.  Cognitivists claim that when we make a claim that “x is wrong” or “x is right” we mean to say that “it is a fact that x is wrong” or that “it is a fact that x is right.” Whether it turns [Read More...]

How Faith Is Not Like Other (Revisable) Reflexive Assumptions

(It should not be necessary for understanding this post, but for the full backstory to this debate see my series on Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellectuals, parts 1, 2, 3, & 4 and my post “On Teleology and Intellectual Virtues and Vices”) Shane writes in reply to my post “On Teleology and Intellectual Virtues [Read More...]

Brigham Young Ends Three Year Youtube Ban

The story. Sigh, banning things doesn’t make people morally good, it takes away even the opportunity for exercise of moral judgment. And, quite often it chokes off more good than it prevents evil. [Read more...]

Children’s Bill of Religious Rights

I have almost always found children’s choirs incredibly loathesome because almost always they are used to have children in unison preach bland platitudes which are simply empty words to kids.  Only recently I heard a great use of a children’s choir as part of the Decemberists’ new Hazards of Love album, which effectively just uses [Read More...]

Christian Belief as a Natural Phenomenon

Since May, Valerie Tarico has been writing a six part series of articles called “Christina Belief as a Natural Phenomenon.”  Part 5 was just released last night.  I highly suggest reading through all the articles and would love your feedback in our comments section.  Your ideas from there might lead to future blog posts.  So [Read More...]

Want To See How Philosophers Think?

For logic, grammar, and semantics fans, this post and comments section are quite fun. [Read more...]


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