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Brian Lynchehaun

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Name: Brian Lynchehaun
Date registered: January 16, 2012
URL: http://www.brilyn.net

Latest posts

  1. Memories, Emotions, and Brains — June 24, 2013
  2. Islamophobia, a discussion — May 13, 2013
  3. Philosophers: Please Take a Stand — February 18, 2013
  4. Impersonations — January 25, 2013
  5. Taxes ARE Theft (but so what?) — January 14, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. Because Abortion needs to be explained, apparently. — 156 comments
  2. Science says we should blame the victims — 80 comments
  3. Atheism Plus? Sounds awesome! — 68 comments
  4. Science vs Philosophy — 68 comments
  5. Taxes ARE Theft (but so what?) — 67 comments

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Jun 24 2013

Memories, Emotions, and Brains

One of the things I noticed when taking my Philosophy undergrad was how 17th century Philosophers (and Philosophers of other periods too) often made grandiose claims about how people thought about the world. Often their 100% certain proclamations were refuted by other Philosophers who were also 100% certain about how the world worked. A particular example …

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May 13 2013

Islamophobia, a discussion

More Harris Crap

Depending on who you read or listen to, either Islamophobia simply isn’t real, or it’s not as pervasive as people think it is, or sometimes it’s a legitimate criticism, but it’s often used incorrectly to shut down someone legitimately criticising Islam, or else it’s just some word (without any legitimate meaning) that people use to shut …

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Feb 18 2013

Philosophers: Please Take a Stand

This is an open letter to the Philosophers out there who consider themselves to be involved in Skepticism (even if only in a tertiary fashion). The ones that I specifically have in mind as I write this are Dr. Massimo Pigliucci, Dr. Daniel Fincke, and Dr. Daniel Dennett*. Let’s begin with my credentials: I am …

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Jan 25 2013

Impersonations

A short headsup: it’s been brought to my attention that a person out there is pretending to be me. They’re pointing at this site and claiming that they are Brian Lynchehaun, and including the above photo in their email correspondence. Putting aside the (clearly insane) notion that being this particular Brian Lynchehaun improves your odds …

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Jan 14 2013

Taxes ARE Theft (but so what?)

One of the oft-made claims by self-styled Libertarians is that ‘taxes are theft’ (and are therefore ‘bad’). This kind of assertion underpins most of the Libertarian position, and also the bulk of any anti-tax/pro-small-government arguments by folks of any political stripe. Unfortunately, it’s rare to hear this position defended as the self-styled Libertarians don’t seem …

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Jan 07 2013

Shame is not a lever lightly pulled

  Occasionally, I see people invoking ‘shame’* as a strategy to some end. That people ‘should be ashamed for doing shameful things’ and that ‘shaming people for doing shameful things is good’. I have to admit that I find this mindset somewhat baffling, for a number of reasons. Without getting into the ins and outs …

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Nov 15 2012

Because Abortion needs to be explained, apparently.

I am irate. Look, I realise that I am in a position of privilege, and I realise that I’m not angry about this all the time because I’m male and that this is something that I have the privilege of simply not-concerning-myself-about for the vast bulk of my life. I rationalise this as that I …

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Nov 06 2012

Ayn Rand, and Obscurantism

People often wonder at the success of Ayn Rand’s writings, at how otherwise intelligent people get sucked in to the Randian circle-jerk. I want to take some time to deconstruct one of her essays, on “Man’s Rights”, with two purposes in mind: 1) to demonstrate that her writing is not 100% vacuous crap, and 2) …

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Sep 03 2012

A Framework for Social Justice

[This is, as the title says, a framework for social justice, not the only one. There is more than one way to go about framing social justice. This is just one of more effective ones, in my opinion. Also, I'm talking about 'touching' and 'conventions' here, so consider this a trigger warning, if relevant] Talking about social …

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Aug 22 2012

Atheism Plus? Sounds awesome!

  I’d like to begin by stating that I’m in full agreement with Jen McCreight’s general sentiment in her recent essay: “We can criticize religion and irrational thinking just as unabashedly and just as publicly, but we need to stop exempting ourselves from that criticism.” 100% agreement, no reservations. While the so-called New Atheists (or …

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