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Category Archive: Ethics

Apr 18 2014

Pay attention

xkcd

“I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express.”

Apr 17 2014

Connect the dots

okeefeandcrew

Start here. Andrew Breibart attended a white nationalist conference in 2006, with panels by Jared Taylor and John Derbyshire. He was attending with his protege, James O’Keefe. O’Keefe has acquired some notoriety for dishonest stunts in the name of far right wingnuttiness. Among them was the Landrieu break-in. According to reports, on January 25, 2010, …

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Mar 31 2014

When will this situation improve?

Maybe never. I know a lot of you hate facebook (with good reason), so I’ll just copy this straight from facebook so you can read it here. From former JREF Outreach Coordinator Brian Thompson: “Let me explain why I’m supporting Karen Stollznow’s legal defense fund. Maybe some of my Facebook friends don’t know who she …

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Mar 27 2014

It’s been a good day

I’ve spent a long day in a dark quiet room with a red pen in my hand slogging through a mountain of grading, but at least you got something significant accomplished — it only took you 8 hours to completely meet Karen Stollznow’s initial legal fees. Don’t stop now, keep on going! This ink-stained wretch …

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Mar 22 2014

The kind of thing that would give me nightmares

Laboratory sabotoge. Magdalena Koziol was baffled about why her zebrafish experiments were all failing: the fish were all dying, every time. So she did a simple experiment, setting up some fish labeled with her initials, and others without the label. The fish with her initials all died, the others were fine, proving that the initials …

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Mar 17 2014

Basic instructional materials for humanists

The British Humanist Association has put together four lovely videos about humanism, narrated by Stephen Fry, that everyone should watch. Here’s one about godless morality: There are also videos about truth, death, and happiness. All it takes is 11 minutes to learn how humanists think — maybe every child should be exposed to these ideas.

Mar 17 2014

Spreading Christian hypocrisy world-wide!

The Nkhoma Synod in Malawi has recently sent out a letter telling all their church-goers who to vote for. It’s an interesting document with some revealing wording. The Church continues to note with great concern the levels at which moral values are being eroded in the name of civilization, human and minority rights. Cases of …

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Mar 09 2014

Democracy! Transparency! Diversity!

Janet Stemwedel has written up a summary of #scioSafe from ScienceOnline, outlining some good strategies for building a better organization and conference. It’s good reading for anyone who wants to make any group better.

Mar 03 2014

Oh, lord, the stupid…

In the expected counterattack from sexists defending Ben Radford’s obtuse sexism, there are now demented dingbats accusing me of being a veritable MRA and implying that I’m some kind of hypocrite, because I have in the past been subject to an abortive false accusation. I mentioned this in a comment four years ago (some people …

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Feb 25 2014

The Self-Aware Bully

Please, must I really feel sympathy for bullies? I can muster up pity, but sympathy is out of my reach so far.

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