Monthly Archives: September 2013

America Unhinged

As the republic to our south grinds slowly to a halt under the obstructive weight of the Congressional Republican’s Tea Party caucus, it’s interesting to consider what they are trying to achieve and how. This apparently unrelated story caught my … Continue reading

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Mushrooms

I hiked a solitary line beneath a mountain peak that looms when bursting there beside a pine I came upon these wild mushrooms that covered all the forest floor in each direction, ever more. Discrete, each one in perfect pose … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Hegemony

“Hegemony” in the social sciences is the idea that there are certain assumptions that are so deeply embedded in the discourse that they cut off avenues of thought and analysis without people even being aware of them. To take a … Continue reading

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Don\’t Be That Predator: Followup

This website pushing the myth that rape is a man/woman problem rather than a predator/citizen problem suggests that my previous claim that 2 – 4% of reported rapes are false reports was way too low. The figure they cite from … Continue reading

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Don\’t Be That Predator

A while back there was a response to that anti-rape campaign that used posters telling all men “Don’t be that guy: just because she’s unconscious doesn’t mean she wants to f**k”. The response was a poster saying, “Don’t be that … Continue reading

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Cause and Chance

Almost all systems of justice and law recognize the efficacy of individual choice, and this is a good thing. At the end of the day, people who kill, assault, steal and defraud have the ability to choose their actions, and … Continue reading

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Imaginary Arguments

There is a particularly silly argument running about these days, which manages to exceed even the normal levels of foolishness one sees in the philosophical literature. It goes like this: 1) we can imagine creating a simulation of the entire … Continue reading

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