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“The failure of conservatives to attend to the world as it actually exists, drove me from their ranks” https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/leaving-conservatism-behind-blue-collar-republican-progressive
“You see that factory, Matt?” my father would say to me, as we passed a drab building in his pickup truck. “Every time I drive by, I get a little sick in my stomach, like I still have to pull …Continue Reading…
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After Theresa May says Britain should leave the European convention on human rights, Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough and Sarah Solemani expose the problems in the Conservative plan for a UK bill of rights
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Oh but, according to leavers, this is an example of "out-of-touch elite" preventing the UK from achieving its 'greatness'… you know?
Leavers are so much more informed than the elite, and it's so fun to give the finger to the 'establishment', and it's so crucial to follow a few clowns into this disaster, without asking whether there's actually a plan on how to manage the brexit should it happen, against the endless and explicit warnings from local and global politicians, scientists, economists, artists… They're all fear mongers, you know, British can be great again!

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Forthcoming at STOICON ’16: Ryan Holiday, the obstacle is the way. https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/stoicon-16-ryan-holiday/
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Updated bios of speakers for the forthcoming STOICON 2016 in NYC, definitely a preferred indifferent in your life: https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com/stoicon/
STOICON is an annual meeting of people interested in exploring Stoicism as a philosophy of life. In 2015, the conference — aimed at a general public, not just academics — was held at Qu…
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Since the 2008 financial crisis, private equity firms have increasingly taken over public services like emergency care and firefighting, often with dire effects.
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A good case for rethinking the fetishizing of smarts. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/07/the-war-on-stupid-people/485618/
American society increasingly mistakes intelligence for human worth.
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The gene is a fundamental concept in biology, and it has been since Mendel introduced it in the late 19th century, unbeknownst to Darwin, who was just at the same time looking for a theory of hered…
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How the world's great philosophers can help you cope with the stress of Euro 2016.
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Internal criticism of the leader, Jeremy Corbyn, led to his firing the shadow foreign secretary, and at least 11 other members of the party’s cabinet resigned.
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This makes for fascinating studies in rationality, belief/attitude change, cognitive dissonance, etc, to see how various people will respond to evidence and arguments that clearly (to us!) challenge their prior poorly reasoned views. And there are also fascinating questions about how this can be used to improve rationality https://cogzest.com/2016/06/brexit-cognitive-productivity-and-the-diffuse-death-of-expertise/ . I wish I was on site with a budget to conduct a study on this. I wonder if some cognitive social psychologists are using this opportunity. (Compare the opportune research done at the time of Challenger explosion and OJ Simpson trials.)
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After a stint in her neighborhood chain bookstore, a publishing professional discovers that you can’t always go home again.
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These stories are significant in chronicling the way people's lives become poorer despite economic growth.
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Surveys show that people generally believe autonomous vehicles should make an emergency decision for the greatest good — except if it might kill them.
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Should my driverless car hit Peter Singer to save my life?
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Rationally Speaking: the podcast, the blog
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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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  • University of Connecticut
    Evolutionary Biology, 1990 - 1994
  • University of Tennessee
    Philosophy, 2001 - 2003
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