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, June 13, 2012
* The New York Times just published what could prove to be a debate-changing article that explores the science behind the so-called “morning after pill” and shows — contrary to what many or even most people think — that the pill does not induce abortion, but instead delays ovulation. Take a look.
* You might have heard that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced a plan to ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts throughout the city. But should government work to change people’s behavior for the better, or is that job best left to society at large? You can read six answers to that question here.
* The website Patheos has published a collection of essays to which I contributed (alongside esteemed colleagues such as Ron Lindsay) in an e-book called “The Future of Religion: Traditions in Transition.” Which means I’m published!
(Full disclosure: If you don’t want to spend the $2.99, you can view the Future of Religion series on the Patheos website here, or just my article here.)
* A former Objectivist writes in The Guardian on why she now considers Ayn Rand’s rational egoism a “pernicious philosophy.”
* Ethics blogger Tauriq Moosa discusses on Big Think several major problems with defending one’s moral views by invoking one’s religious views.
* In case you were in doubt over whether Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s moral compass could use some readjustment, read this and this.