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.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
* The concept of epistemically transformative experiences, applied to whether or not to have children.
* Why assessment exercises in higher education are either tautological or lead to an infinite regress. Remind me to tell my Dean... Oh, wait, already done!
* Are Neil deGrasse Tyson and the American Museum of Natural History afraid of a philosopher? It sure looks like it...
* The Masters of our society have a visceral distaste of public education and the common good. Time to get rid of the Masters?
* A majority of Austrians think the Nazi would be elected if they were allowed to run today. Thereby demonstrating that human beings really do learn precisely nothing from history.
* The right of Israel to exist should not be questioned, but the right of a Jewish state to exist very much should.
* Why libertarians are profoundly wrong about the existence and functioning of markets.
* The real life Frankensteins that inspired Mary Shelley.
* A neuroscientist talks about neuro-hype.
* Why Ray Kurzweil's new book is a piece of crap, part I.
* Why Ray Kurzweil's new book is a piece of crap, part II.