What Makes Humans Unique?

This is a fascinating, illuminating, and myth-debunking lecture from neurologist Robert Sapolsky.  He goes through a number of features of our nature, shows how they are shared with other animals and how we take these features to another level.  And in the end it’s paradoxical and inspirational. It’s long but worth the time. Thanks to [Read More...]

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Modernity? Pre-Modernity? Post-Modernity

Even though I just wrote an article trying to characterize “modernity” (and defend it), I think that all the claims that we are post-modern and all the pining for the pre-modern make me feel like Alan Jacobs in this piece: So when people tell me that they want to recover the wisdom of the pre-modern, [Read More...]

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Moral Integration, or the Pros and Cons of Moral Absolutism and Ethical Pluralism

Aaron writes this wonderfully thought provoking reply to my post about moral motivation apart from reference to God: I had an argument a few years back with someone over this. She thought I’d go to hell for not believing in Jesus, even thought she thought I was a great person. I found that troubling. It [Read More...]

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Gays In Comic Books: A History and an Update

A really interesting article. The most recent issue of “X-Factor” ended with two male team members, Shatterstar and Rictor, making out. While we’ll have to wait till next month to find out whether they’re gay, bisexual, or it’s some sort of mind-control plot point, consider writer Peter David’s track record of supporting gay characters in [Read More...]

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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...]

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