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, May 14, 2010
* This is one of the trickiest paradoxes I've ever heard. (Link goes to the standard version of the problem, but here's a more precisely formulated version.)
* Whoa, it's already 2 PM and I have yet to mock philosophy today! I'm slipping. Here, have a dinosaur comic.
* The brouhaha over South Park's attempt to depict Muhammad inspired a student group to protest by chalking stick figures on campus walkways and labeling them "Muhammad." That sparked another brouhaha, including a Huffington Post editorial arguing that depictions of Muhammad are offensive in the same way a swastika is offensive. My brother Jesse Galef wrote a post for Friendly Atheist disagreeing. Incidentally, for what it's worth, here's my contribution: ("Muhammad": O-|-<)