Monthly Archives: May 2011

2011-05-27—THE COMFORT OF DELUSIONS

A “rapture” of sort did happen on May 21st, for ‘rapture’ simply means feeling intense joy, and I’m sure quite a number of people, especially satirists, certainly were extremely joyful at the comic material this End Of The World silliness … Continue reading

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2011-05-20—INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Ideas want to be free.  Yet people want to own them.  But isn’t it contrary to the common good to turn ideas into property?  And is ‘owning’ an idea even possible? STEALING THE INCORPOREAL “Intellectual property, don’t fence me in!” … Continue reading

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2011-05-13—DO ANIMALS HAVE EMOTIONS LIKE OURS?

The spectrum of opinion extends from Descartes’ view that animals are mere automatons to the extreme anthropomorphism of the fanatical animal rightist.  At one extreme of these views entering your Fido in a dogfight is no different than entering your … Continue reading

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2011-05-06—DO WE NEED MEN IN SPACE?

Most thoughtful people agree it is ridiculous to criticize spending on scientific research, but thoughtful people still disagree about the distribution of available resources and the efficacy of different emphases.  This is very evident in the debate about space exploration.  … Continue reading

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