Come Pick a Useful Fight with me in NYC

This weekend, I'm in New York City for the alumni debate of my college group, and while I'm in town, I'll be giving a talk on productive ways to have arguments this Saturday (August 10th)  at an event cohosted by the NYC Less Wrong meetup group and Ergo (a rationalist group).Now, if by productive arguments, you mean quick and dirty ways to win, I think you may be a bit more interested in Words that Work or The Strategy of Conflict.  But when there's a difference of opinion, at least one of yo … [Read more...]

Legal Shortcuts So Sharp You’ll Cut Yourself

Sorry for the absence, readers!  We've been short-staffed due to plague at work.  This week will be usual posts, and next week the atheist round of the Turing Test will begin.I'm a little troubled by the way same-sex marriage is becoming de facto legal in Pennsylvania.  When I was having SCOTUSblog parties back in June, I found the reasoning based on standing kinda messy.  If a law is challenged, it seems like the appropriate state officials should be obligated to defend it.  Ducking it s … [Read more...]

[Turing 2013] Christian Entry #12

This is the twelfth and final entry in the Christian round of the 2013 Ideological Turing Test.  This year, atheists and Christians responded to questions about sex, death, and literature.    Polyamory Since the dawn of humanity, the divine model for intimate love has been simply one of paradise: the incomparable union between two people. Compelling and enduring, our legal system has taken this cue for intimacy, defining the structure for marital partnership as limited to two a … [Read more...]

[Turing 2013] Christian Entry #11

This is the eleventh entry in the Christian round of the 2013 Ideological Turing Test.  This year, atheists and Christians responded to questions about sex, death, and literature.    Polyamory I had a philosophy professor once who liked to say, "Always start by making distinctions," and that's where I'm going to begin on this issue. Polyamory is an intentionally general term, encompassing both what I'll call polygamy and what I'll call group marriage.Polygamy is found fairly c … [Read more...]

[Turing 2013] Christian Entry #10

This is the tenth entry in the Christian round of the 2013 Ideological Turing Test.  This year, atheists and Christians responded to questions about sex, death, and literature.    Polyamory Well, first of all, I'm a Protestant, and Protestants generally only consider baptism and communion to be sacraments. That said, I have a lot to say about the ethics of polyamory from a Christian perspective, way more than I could ever fit in here, but I'll try to give a summary.One reason I f … [Read more...]

[Turing 2013] Christian Entry #9

This is the nineth entry in the Christian round of the 2013 Ideological Turing Test.  This year, atheists and Christians responded to questions about sex, death, and literature.  Note, this one came in without linebreaks due to formatting, so I guessed... and then the author emailed me and they're now correct.  Polyamory I don't think there is even a question about the sacrament being monogamous, so lets talk about the social institution.While special revelation makes it much c … [Read more...]

[Turing 2013] Christian Entry #8

This is the eighth entry in the Christian round of the 2013 Ideological Turing Test.  This year, atheists and Christians responded to questions about sex, death, and literature.    Polyamory Marriage, at its core, is limited solely to the union of two persons. I don’t know very much about civil marriage, but I can attest that natural marriage is dictated according to natural law and oriented toward the building of the family. Because it cannot exist without the complementary natures of … [Read more...]


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