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.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
* A California federal district court has held that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
* Tony Schwartz on the Harvard Business Review on why managers should reward value, not face time.
* Ron Lindsay argues that the Catholic Church is distorting the First Amendment and the concept of conscientious objection in the birth control debate.
* The New Yorker reports on Marie Colvin, the brave news reporter who was killed last week in Syria.
* I finally saw the movie Moneyball, which stars Brad Pitt as Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane, and I absolutely loved it. Here’s the story behind the movie. It essentially represents skepticism as applied to baseball.
* Greg Laden initiates a discussion on his blog on the role of secular and skeptic organizations in political advocacy.
* Chris Mooney says scientists can further improve their communication skills by fixing bad PowerPoint habits.
* Iran has sped up its production of higher-grade enriched uranium over the last few months, according to a confidential U.N. nuclear agency report obtained by the Associated Press.