Why Freedom of Speech Should Go Beyond Government

To me, the idea of freedom of speech is not a legal issue. I don’t care how the freedom of speech is defined in the First Amendment of the USA Constitution or in the various laws of different countries. To me freedom of speech is mainly a principle that should be respected by every individual as they function in the world. Freedom of speech must be the etiquette of a modern human being. [Read more…]


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Lemmy, Bowie, Alan Rickman: Men

Rebel like Lemmy. Perform like David Bowie. Love like Alan Rickman. These were all mortal men, as we were so cruelly reminded recently. But they all walked their own path relentlessly, and their individuality was unique, and each perfected his craft in his own way. And this is how aspire to be live my life as a man. [Read more…]


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3 Ways Hatred and Bigotry Are Not the Same Thing

Hatred and bigotry are different things. Hatred is having strong negative feelings towards someone or something. Bigotry is intolerance towards people because of who they are. Treating them as if they are the same thing is a reduction of both concepts. [Read more…]


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War and Massacre and Me

Recently Iranians were reminded of the anniversary of two traumatizing events in our recent history. One was Iran-Iraq War which lasted from 1980 to 1988 and the other was the massacre of political prisoners by the Islamic Republic which happened shortly after the war. And these anniversaries are meaningful to every Iranian in a personal way. This is how they mean to me. [Read more…]


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The Irregular Symmetry

Scott Alexander of the blog Slate Star Codex has written a post entitled Fearful Symmetry, in which he points out that the narrative of social justice advocates and conservatives are very similar in which both of them claim they are being persecuted and that feeling of persecution justifies them to act out in ways that are not ethical. But this “Fearful Symmetry” , and if the discourse of the two sides sound the same, doesn’t mean the reason behind this seeming similarity is the same thing. [Read more…]


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Jesus Surfs the Net

A story about Jesus and Tumblr. [Read more…]


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On the Margin of Error Is One Year Old

Happy birthday to this blog! One year old! [Read more…]


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Give This Novel to Anti-Vaxers to Read

Nemesis is the last novel written by Philip Roth. It is a novel about death, loss, grief, and absolute despair. All anti-vaxxers should read this novel because: (1) It’s great and everyone should read it, (2) It shows with an unequal force the horror of a world without a vaccine, that is, the polio vaccine. [Read more…]


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Denying Children Vaccination Should Be Illegal

Denying children vaccination is a form of child abuse, not a parenting style. [Read more…]


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Catch Me Twice on FTBCon3

I’m proud to take part in two panels this Saturday and Sunday (your weekend) in the third FtB Con. I love the idea of internet conventions which let me participate from Iran. I look forward to interacting with my friends from FtB again, and there are many great people I really admire on these panels. [Read More…]


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