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, December 26, 2013
* Birds offer some insight into the evolution of extended families, but much mystery remains.
* The NSA is both fascist and tyrannical, Mussolini and John Locke agree.
* We need Adam Smith's moral philosophy more than his economics. (Ignore the final rant about misguided liberals...)
* Philosophy of novels and philosophy in novels.
* The "Francis effect" and the fundamental quandary of modern religions (except Islam).
* Is the (over) documented life worth living?
* Why human beings need to fail.
* The shameless selling of attention deficit disorder.