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Animal rights activists circulated photos of the husband and wife team behind Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre eating a burger and keeping freezer full of beef
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This article reminds me of the novel "Purity" by Jonathan Franzen. Franzen compares the internet world we live in today with socialism as practiced by the Deutsche Demokratische Republik. He suggests that the internet enables the zealots and idealoges of all types.

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“ You could cooperate with the system or you could oppose it, but the one thing you could never do, whether you were enjoying a secure and pleasant life or sitting in a prison, was not be in relation to it. The answer to every question large or small was socialism. If you substituted networks for socialism, you got the Internet. ”

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“The real appeal of apparatchikism was the safety of belonging. Outside, the air smelled like brimstone, the food was bad, the economy moribund, the cynicism rampant, but inside, victory over the class enemy was assured. ”

Excerpt From: Jonathan Franzen. “Purity.” iBooks.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/purity/id978241067?mt=11
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The philosopher explains how his new book was inspired by the widespread acceptance of false ideas from ‘airy advocates and numskulled naysayers’
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We should not "feel like," we should argue rationally: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/opinion/sunday/stop-saying-i-feel-like.html?_r=2
Pretending that every argument you make is just a hunch you have is self-destructive.
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A device called the Pavlok is being marketed as a way to actually fulfill those New Year’s resolutions, by delivering a jolt.
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ooooh, I used to comb old magazines for just such things. the 1950s were a treasure trove of just such devices. round & round!
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Building blocks of life aren't difficult to put together, says hyping newspaper article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/04/26/the-buliding-blocks-of-life-werent-that-hard-to-put-together/
Before DNA, there was RNA. And before RNA, this structure may have formed in lukewarm puddles.
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The Nature of Philosophy: Progress in Science — II. https://platofootnote.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/progress-in-science-ii/
[for a brief explanation of this ongoing series, as well as a full table of contents, go here] Progress in science: some philosophical accounts I now turn to some philosophical considerations about…
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A Trump nomination should be a moment of reckoning for Republicans. Instead of rejecting what he stands for, they’re falling into line.
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Maybe Popper would have changed his mind because of this. One of his reasons he argued for two-party systems: Unlike proportional representation two-party systems promote voting for leaders instead of just voting for parties. He probably loved the amarican primary elections. His arguments are here: http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2016/01/karl-popper-democracy He saw the problems of proportional representation systems but he didn't saw things like Trump to happen. He also didn't mention the polarizing effect of two-party systems on societies.
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Author Information: Massimo Pigliucci City College of New York, platofootnote.org, mpigliucci@ccny.cuny.edu Pigliucci, Massimo. “Was Feyerabend Right in Defending Astrology? A Commentary on K…
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Contestants lost hundreds of pounds during Season 8, but gained them back. A study of their struggles helps explain why so many people fail to keep off the weight they lose.
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Philosopher, evolutionary biologist, blogger. What else needs to be said? Okay, a lot, but for now it will do.
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Survived (even thrived!) nine years in Knoxville, TN
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    Evolutionary Biology, 1990 - 1994
  • University of Tennessee
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