Against Common Sense

The legendary physicist Richard Feynman once said that if you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand it. The prankster of the Manhattan Project was, alongside being a brilliant scientist,…

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Different Kinds and Degrees of Private Censorship Matter

Freedom of thought, belief, opinion, and speech can be controlled and regulated by private forces in certain ways. In a previous piece, I presented some thoughts on that, and how…

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The Utility of Facts

Each person’s worldview is not a single fixed thing. It is a tapestry, woven from countless threads, or a photograph made of countless pixels. And each of those tiny, barely-perceptible…

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Some Thoughts on Private Censorship, Power, and Control of Speech

As far as speech is concerned, the rule-of-thumb view we should adopt is that any individual or private group has the right to determine who is allowed in their space, and…

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Some Social Challenges That Won’t Magically Go Away With a Biden Presidency

2020 will be remembered for a lot, and one of the obvious low points is the start of a global pandemic. However, for many this will be offset (at least…

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Live and Let Die

A wise person once told me that evolution is not the story of life but of death. The vast, overwhelming majority of species are extinct. The dominant theme of evolution…

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Political Intellectuals Discouraging Political Intellect

Many intellectuals[1] lament the supposed apathy, stupidity, or ignorance of the average person. Some start from a charitable idea: e.g., people don’t care about issues of greater political implication for…

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The Beauty of Nationalism

We all have biases, and for many people nationalism (even the smallest degree of it) is one of them. However, if your goal is to understand the world, nationalist sentiments…

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Anti-Gun? Check Your Privelege

Those against firearm ownership often lead their objections with a distaste for over-enthusiastic attitudes about guns that they say verges on cult-like worship. The claim is also made that these…

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Active or Passive Capitalism? Not Much of a Choice

When it comes to capitalism, most proponents agree that a largely passive system (the free, in free market) is best. Keep the government out of it as much as possible….

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