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In Favor of Opposition to Religion

February 28, 2016

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Are religion and science in conflict? I think that the answer, for the most part, is yes. An obvious contemporary example is Young-Earth Creationism. Around 44% of Americans are Young-Earth Creationists, mostly Protestants who hold to a literal interpretation of Genesis. Nearly half of the American public reject the most fundamental concept in the life […]

The Platinum Rule and Utilitarianism

February 26, 2016

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[Note: this post assumes an acquaintance with philosophical utilitarianism.] Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same. –George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists It’s become a platitude to say that the Golden Rule transcends cultures, but it remains true nonetheless. It can […]

A Comparison of American and British Written English [incomplete]

February 26, 2016

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0. Introduction As you’ve no doubt heard, there are two primary standards for written English: American and British. Obviously, these are both accepted standards and in that sense they are both perfectly correct. Indeed, the differences between them are fairly minor and many objections can be made that apply equally to both. For example, neither […]