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Tag Archive: humanism

Jul 08 2014

The Inversion of Responsibility

Sign seen at a traffic intersection in Pune (see article for text of the sign).

“Be Responsible”, requests the sign. It’s titled “Hate Mongering” and was seen recently in the city of Pune: Who is it addressed to, you might wonder. Is it addressed to the terrorists of the Hindu Rashtra Sena (“Hindu National Army”) who went on a rampage in the city last month and beat a Muslim man …

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May 03 2014

A Thought on “It’s Just a Joke”

Two days ago, Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson was found uttering the N-word in unaired footage (video): In the unseen footage – which was later edited out of the show – the £1million a year TV host is seen swinging his finger between two cars, while reciting a racist version of a children’s counting rhyme. …

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Jan 02 2014

Quick Post: Results of Domestic Work Survey

The results of the survey How Much Do YOU Pay Your Domestic Worker? have been published on the main Nirmukta site – you can find it here.  

Dec 21 2013

How Much Do YOU Pay Your Domestic Worker? Take the Survey

A female domestic worker sitting on the floor and washing kitchen utensils.

One aspect of the recent Devyani Khobragade controversy has been the treatment of domestic workers, particularly how much (or how little) we pay them. We’ve decided to do an online survey to get an idea of how much domestic workers in India are paid, and for what kind of work. It’s a short survey, consisting …

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Oct 12 2013

Arguments From Analogy in Victim Blaming

Summary This post analyses various arguments from analogy (“AFAs”) used in victim blaming. It also talks about victim blaming in general – what we mean by blame and responsibility, and the psychological causes of victim blaming. Finally, it argues that victim blaming is wrong in general. If you’re already well-versed in debunking the AFAs, you …

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Jun 25 2013

Analysing Arguments: Two Articles on the Death Penalty

An electric chair. (Image via Wikimedia Commons; public domain.)

“Analysing Arguments” is going to be an ongoing series of posts which analyse arguments found in the news and online media. Some good background material for this is Coursera’s enormously popular course Think Again: How to Reason and Argue, and the book Understanding Arguments: An Introduction to Informal Logic. You might also find the primer …

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Jun 20 2013

Come one come all to California Pizza Kitchen! No not you in the wheelchair.

California Pizza Kitchen in Bangalore, India

The American pizza chain California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened last year in Bangalore, and here is a picture of the restaurant (the description is in the text below): The restaurant has a long glass facade revealing the tables inside, and the entire thing is raised about a foot and a half off ground level. Outside …

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