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Tag Archive: thinking

Nov 16 2013

The “Should” Fallacy in Criticism

I wrote a piece about a common fallacy I see in criticism – particularly video game criticism. I argue that people like to talk about what a game “should” be; often, this isn’t a helpful criticism since it’s a refusal to accept what the game is. I make my full case here at my regular …

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Oct 21 2013

Oprah Winfrey and misusing entertainment (and large) platforms

In my latest for Big Think, I use the whole “Oprah denies atheism” affair as a jump off point to examine her larger and damaging approach to thinking. I don’t view all celebrity as bad. What I worry about is the uncritical or unthinking engagement so many have toward things they adore: From people to …

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Sep 18 2013

Having children and selfishness

I wrote a piece replying to another South African writer regarding the tired assertion linking selfishness and child-free. I’ve been trying to tease out a proper justification for why someone would claim you’re selfish for not wanting children, but it’s never really held firmly. At the very least, I can “understand” what my opponents in …

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Jul 25 2013

Outrage, social media and knee-jerk responses

I have a new post up at the Guardian that you can go and fight with. Additionally: I quite like this piece by Laura Hudson at Wired on when the bullied becomes the bullies in the age of social media. I think it’s a difficult discussion and, though I like the article, I’m not sure how …

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Jun 27 2013

Clarity is (almost) everything

These are the kinds of responses I’ve got for making various arguments. If you criticise those who mock, deride and laugh at beauty pageant contestants, it’s because you want to sleep with said contestants. This despite the fact that you will probably never meet these women. Obviously, you have a sick fantasy that they will …

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Jun 14 2013

The devils in the details

My friend Jacques Rousseau has done me the favour of writing (and improving) the article I was busy with (I was so writing this before him!), before I began having serious Internet problems. South African media – and perhaps international – has managed to develop a rhetoric of speaking of Satanism as some bizarre evil …

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Jun 09 2013

If your “science” has no data, no one should believe you

The British writer Martin Robbins has a long and important battle against what he terms “data-free celebrity science”. This is “science” as touted by those who have established themselves as good scientists or thinkers – among their colleagues – and proceeded to use that goodwill to build a soapbox to spread their ideas.

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May 30 2013

Caring about things I don’t want to care about

The content of my last blogpost at Big Think was on how often many of us are engaged in “debates” that shouldn’t be debates at all: gay marriage, legalized a abortion, euthanasia, and so on. This doesn’t mean that we don’t legitimately care about these, nor that these aren’t discussions worth having, or are simple …

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