I just enjoyed the latest episode of Radiolab, The Bad Show, and I thought I’d give Jad and Robert a little morality talking-to.
Not that they need it of course, being swell fellas, but during the episode they come to a bit of an impasse when it comes to weighing Fritz Haber‘s legacy.
Whooping cough cases have nearly tripled in New York City. And it’s an entirely preventable disease. So why, why oh why would anyone want more people to be sick?
I can’t say I understand it, but they are out there. They are against vaccination—one of the greatest ideas humans ever came up with, an invention that [...]
I just watched the Tim Minchin song that ITV refused to air. His little rant that accompanies the video is a good one: fair, strong, opinionated, personal.
One line stuck out:
…the small minority of Brits who believe they have a right to go through life protected from anything that challenges them in any [...]
(A good friend, with whom I’ve had some intense discussions about religion, sent me a link to this NYTimes article about atheist morality, along with the note asking me what I thought. Here’s what I think.)
Thanks for the heads up on this. I frequent The Stone column—one of the only arenas in the [...]
Every once and a while something big changes and humans are never quite the same again. The most familiar examples are the result of technological advances: the invention fire, agriculture, advances in weaponry, etc. That’s how we typically talk about now, our times: the extraordinary inventions of the past decades and how they’ve changed our [...]
There’s one thing regarding the Indonesian punks who got arrested, shaved, bathed, and “rehabilitated” that hasn’t gotten much attention.
The concert they were attending was raising money for orphans.
One of the 20th century’s great inventions was the benefit concert. Like minded people get together, enjoy themselves, raise awareness, and money, for a good [...]
Over at the NYTimes, Greg Walton and Carol Dweck wrote an op-ed about their work on willpower. Give it a read, fer sure.
Don’t expect a blustery response from me: I don’t know the details of their research.
I can’t resist a few interpretive points, however. The article begins:
Is willpower an illusion? Is [...]
In a recent Wall Street Journal Raymond Tallis reviews two books, Who’s in Charge? by Gazzaniga and Incomplete Nature by Deacon. I haven’t read the books so I won’t comment on them, but the review is frankly embarrassing, another fear-of-science knee-jerk of the kind we all hoped had been left behind in the previous century but unfortunately still [...]
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