Brutal. Violent. Relentless.
No context, no story, no explanation – because to give one would indulge in the myth that there is a scenario where such actions are just. There is none.
I just saw A Clockwork Orange last week for the first time. How timely:
In January it was revealed that West Park School, in Derby in the midlands of England, was “subjecting” (its words) badly behaved children to Mozart and others. In “special detentions,” the children are forced to endure two hours […]
The government has decided to stop doing something that it does badly.
That’s a rare occurrence, so pause to savor it.
That is how Katherine Mangu-Ward opens her piece on Obama’s revision of the NASA budget. Delicious. The piece itself is more focused on the confused logic of government’s role in “job creation,” but […]
Special pleading, along with feigned neutrality, is one of the most infuriating symptoms of faulty rhetoric one can utilize in an argument. Special pleading comes in multiple forms, but the most common is that of claiming a superior framework which is proven to be superior by its own internal criterion. Vulgar Marxism and Freudian […]
Hughes demolishes Singulitarians who want a friendly AI dictatorship:
Perhaps I’m dating myself by hearing Marxist-Leninist warning sirens go off when I read the Singularitarian assertions that the benevolent omnipotent AI would be democratic if democracy was what was in our interests. Anyway, those sirens do go off for me.
The claim is that […]
On Saturday, the New York Times published an article about surrogate pregnancy including three cases in which problems arose due to the unregulated state of surrogacy. In one case, the surrogate mother discovered that the adoptive mother had a history of paranoid schizophrenia and sued to keep the children. In another situation, a single […]
After kicking Kass to the curb Obama has selected Amy Gutmann, the president of the University of Pennsylvania, to head a new bioethics council. The whole set up looks extremely promising:
Bioethical, social and legal questions relating to genomics and behavioural research are all on the commission’s agenda. So are issues of intellectual property, scientific […]
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