About Rationally Speaking
Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Sunday, October 09, 2011
have found that “the people most likely to choose utilitarian solutions to [moral] dilemmas were also the most likely to be callous, manipulative, and apathetic about the value of life.”
* Neuroscientists are attempting to redefine evil as a scientific concept. Is this trend reasonable? That’s the question Ron Rosenbaum discusses on Slate.
* The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released another insignificant report on how Catholics should think about important political issues in light of church teachings.
* Is there anything wrong with being over 50 years old and pregnant? Lisa Miller explores the debate in a feature article in New York Magazine.
* Ralph Nader condemns drone strikes, arguing that they are only causing more chaos in unstable regions of the world.
* Susan Jacoby writes about Richard Dawkins’ new book The Magic of Reality, which she calls “the first book by a prominent member of the ‘new atheist’ generation to address the urgent task of how to help children distinguish between myth and reality.”
* The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in what could be a landmark case on religion and civil rights.