Posts Tagged “Philosophy”

Althouse on Polanski

by David on September 30, 2009

Ann Althouse demolishes ‘philosopher’ Bernard-Henri Lévy in The Philospher’s Petition just a few days after Harry’s Place expresses some surprise at the special pleading – especially from the French – over the arrest of the criminal fugitive Roman Polanski. If (…)

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On Liberty

by David on February 9, 2007

A state senator from Brooklyn said on Tuesday he plans to introduce legislation that would ban people from using an MP3 player, cell phone, Blackberry or any other electronic device while crossing the street in either New York City or Buffalo.

NewsChannel 4 reported that Sen. Carl Kruger is proposing the ban in response to two recent pedestrian deaths in his district, including a 23-year-old man who was struck and killed last month while listening to his iPod on Avenue T and East 71st Street In Bergen Beach.

The naturalistic fallacy

by David on February 8, 2007

The turkeys that provide this meat have hugely overdeveloped breasts and are a travesty of what a turkey should be

Joanna Blythman in the BBC’s How turkey became a fast food

Hen’s teeth

by David on November 12, 2006

Stephen Jay Gould published the collection of essays Hen’s Teeth and Horses Toes way back in 1984, 22 years ago; so when the National Geographic recently published an article headlined Dolphin With Four Fins May Prove Terrestrial Origins I was less than suprised, except by the exaggerated claims for the significance of the find. As Jan Haugland wrote recently about the same story,

Imaginary politics

by David on January 30, 2006

Peter Black, AM, approvingly cites Mary Riddell’s piece in the Observer. They’re both bonkers.

iPod Divination

by David on January 24, 2005

A few methods of divination:

  • pyromancy (by fire)
  • ophiomancy (by snakes)
  • pegomancy (by spring water)
  • anemoscopy(by wind)
  • daphnomancy (by burning laurel wreaths)
  • hippomancy (by horses)
  • tiromancy (by cheese)

to which we may now add podomancy:- divination by iPod. Method: switch iPod to shuffle songs and try to determine what your iPod’s choices are telling you.

Philosophy and splitting up

by David on November 9, 2004

Splitting up for philosophers