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.
Friday, April 20, 2012
* The Economist discusses Rachel Maddow’s new book on the relationship between the growth of executive power and war.
* Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, writes on the alarming increase in public schools firing teachers over “perfectly lawful behavior during off-hours.”
* Why do Americans reject euthanasia? That’s the latest question posed by the New York Times in the newspaper’s Room for Debate section.
* Christian groups are opposing anti-bullying legislation in several states because they believe the laws restrict religious freedom and/or promote homosexuality, marriage equality, and transgenderism.
* In an effort to better explain a range of complex philosophical ideas to the general public, Genís Carreras has created a series of posters featuring a combination of basic colors, simple shapes, and concise definitions of different philosophies. You can see the posters here, and purchase copies here.
* A new study in the journal Psychological Science suggests that the human tendency to cheat is a natural impulse, and that given some time for reflection, humans are less likely to cheat.
* Referencing John Stuart Mill’s harm principle, Tauriq Moosa argues in a new article on Big Think that a society is hypocritical if it grants some individual rights, but not others. Take a look.
* Scientists have published research in the journal Nature that links a rare genetic mutation to a heightened risk of autism.
* Can science determine which foods taste best together?