Who are you dressed up as today?

Since we've been talking about theatre, (and had a guest post from an actress) I have all the excuse I need to link to Eve Tushnet's tribute to John Keegan. She wrote: Keegan proposes that leadership requires theatricality: Heroic leadership–any leadership–is, like priesthood, statesmanship, even genius, a matter of externals almost as much as of internalities. The exceptional are both shown to and hidden from the mass of humankind, revealed by artifice, presented by theatre. The theatrical imp … [Read more...]

Immoral Moral Law, Unnatural Nature

Excerpted from Dresden Codak's Dungeons and Discourse.  It was the closest I could get to Squeltchtoad's hypthothetical

Squeltchtoad's Immoral Moral Law thought experiment was weird and paradoxical enough that I had a lot of trouble getting purchase on the problem.  That confusion might be actually be evidence, but I wanted to make sure I wasn't giving myself an easy out.  Since I was having trouble thinking about the problem in situ, I tried to carry it over into another discipline.For mathematicians or physicists, perhaps Squelchtoad's hypothetical would be the discovery that the universe was disordered.   … [Read more...]

No ‘Healthy Outlet’ for Bad Habits

Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards.  I'm one of five nominees for Best Atheist Blog.  More details here.This is part two of my response to Brian S. about my choice to give up free food during Lent.  The first focused on why I glommed on to Lent in the first place.  Now we're addressing the substance of the change I'm trying to make.  Brian wrote: I disagree [that the feeling of having cheated someone is a bad pleasure to cultivate], or at any rate don’t feel … [Read more...]


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