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.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition. You can read more about the case against cigarettes in this recent article by Peter Singer.
* The nonprofit research organization Public Religion Research Institute has released the 2011 American Values Survey, which gauges Americans’ beliefs on religion, values, and politics.
* The Catholic Church is now framing its fight against reproductive rights and marriage equality as a matter of “religious liberty.”
* Mississippi residents have rejected a constitutional amendment to change the legal definition of personhood to include fertilized human eggs. Yet let us not forget that there is still only one abortion clinic in the entire state.
* On a similar note, here is a comprehensive map of the world’s abortion laws, compiled by the Center for Reproductive Rights.
* Jonah Lehrer synthesizes a couple scientific studies that suggest humans are happier when wealth is more equally distributed rather than less equally distributed.
* A panel of experts commissioned by the Royal Society of Canada has concluded that assisted suicide should be legal in the country.