This is a post for keeping track of everything I’ve written as part of my “beta testing a book project.” It will be updated whenever I add a post to the series. Bullet points under the link to a chapter are excerpts from the chapter in blog post form.
I find the framing on this newstory insultingly stupid, which is ironic because it’s about the alleged stupidity of Congress. The story is that the level of sophistication that our congresscritters speak at has dropped a full grade level since 2005, and freshmen Republicans have the lowest level. My reaction to this is Go freshmen [...]
That’s the name of a new, anti-CISPA campaign (HT: Cory Doctorow). I just e-mailed my Senators. Go do that now, or better yet call them (something that’s tricky for me living out of the country, but which I may do later). This text from the page really resonated with me:
This chapter is a work in progress, but I promised to post it today and I think the first few sections are solid. Again, this chapter is very weird to write, because I’m going on at length about things that feel very basic to me, please at least one person read it and tell me [...]
The this week’s chapter from the my book beta-test was intended to have a brief discussion of Christian-Jewish relations, but on re-reading what I initially wrote, I began to wonder whether my take was quite accurate, and also got worried about a lack of good examples of what I had in mind. Instead of posting [...]
It occurred to me that I could spin off small sections from the book I’m writing into blog posts. Giving people 6,000 words to read at once is kind of a burden, so it’s really in my interest to break things down into more digestible pieces. Also, in this particular case, taken from chapter 2, [...]
Much of the silliness of philosophers is confined to the ivory tower, but Jason Rosenhouse has a very good summary of one of the main ways philosophers manage to be annoying when trying to bring their “philosophical expertise” to public debates:
I actually have some nice things to say about moral theory, but I’m saving them for another post because I’ve been kept up late doing other things, and a purely negative post is easier to dash off late at night. Let me begin by quoting a great bit from Eliezer Yudkowsky:
One of my most-read posts of all-time is my post on Judith Jarvis Thompson’s “famous violinist” argument in defense of abortion. It’s somewhat unusual among my blogging in that I have something unambiguously positive to say about a very typical bit of contemporary philosophy (as opposed to, say, heretical x-phi stuff on free will.) I like it [...]
I was initially puzzled when I read from PZ that South Korea is taking evolution out of its textbooks. Sure there are some pretty hardcore Christians here, but on the whole my impression of South Korea has been of a pretty secular country.