Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Annual Query

As you're getting ready to go back to teaching, you really must ask yourself: Was this your celebrated summer?

Some aids to reflection hereHere too.  Good luck, and be careful out there.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Even More Doom

As if the country weren't fucked enough already, there's this.

The pic alone should suffice to ruin your weekend.


But there is a bright side.

All documented, all true.....

Saturday, August 16, 2014

News of the World

A few items:

1. As you know, Robin Williams has a posse.  Here.

Would someone please tell every news outlet in America that the fact that people are sad that he died is not news?  (By the way, let's face it:  he was a second-rate comedian and more annoying than clever.)

2. As you also (probably) know, Lauren Bacall has a posse.  Here.

3. And Seven Seagal is punishing Pro-Russia forces in Ukraine.  Here.  "Music unites people."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Philosophy In Review is Back

Good news: Philosophy In Review is back onlineThe Journal has a new publishing model and editorial team. 

Not Harsh Enough

Come to think of it, this review is not nearly as harsh as it should be.  The volume is a sorry mess. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Satanists to the Rescue

Once again... Satanists are on the side of good sense in church/state matters. They want to appeal to the Hobby Lobby ruling to get an exemption from state-mandated counseling session prior to having an abortion. 

“While we feel we have a strong case for an exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can even trump scientific fact”

Here

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DOOM: Billy Joel

I just heard on NPR that Billy Joel is being awarded the "Gershwin Award for Popular Song" from the Library of Congress.  End the world now.

Fuck you, Billy Joel.

Spiros: 0
Hack Songwriter: 1

Monday, July 21, 2014

DOOM # 3410.0002

Bertrand Russell says somewhere that most people would rather die than think.  Here's a report on an experiment that suggests that many would rather shock themselves than think.

Happy Monday.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

IKEA or Death?

Improve your mind and make the world a better place.

Here.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Too Tough to Die


Tommy Ramone has a posse.  Here

And that was the last of them.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Duty to Retire?

I was recently talking to a UK philosopher about her quickly-approaching retirement, and the question was raised of whether there might be a duty to retire.  Forget about the easy cases of old cranks who can no longer do a competent job of teaching their classes and who long ago checked out of the research tasks.  Think instead of someone who is highly competent and research-active, but in his or her mid-to-late 60s.  Imagine that this person could continue splendidly at least another five or six years.  Also stipulate that there's no real financial need for the person to continue.  Might there be a duty to retire?  Might there be weighty enough considerations regarding things like the good of the profession and the need for young blood that might in some cases rise to the level of a duty?  Is there a point at which one has a duty to make room for new people to enter into the profession?

To put the question the other way around: Is there no point at which a sufficiently wealthy and perfectly capable but aged professor becomes morally non-admirable (to put it most mildly) by declining to retire?

Monday, June 23, 2014

DOOM, #59221023

I was at a mall earlier buying some clothes, and had the following exchange with the clerk at the counter. I of course expected plenty of DOOM, but I got more than I anticipated.

She: Will you be paying with your [Store Name] purchase card today?
Me: No.
She: Do you have a [Store Name] card account?
Me: No.
She: Would you like to save 10 percent on your purchase today by opening an account?
Me: No.
She: Would you like to save 15 percent?
Me: No.
She: 20 percent?
Me: No.
She: How about 25 percent?
Me: No.
She: OK....
Me: How is that fair?  Those most interested in getting a store card get the lowest discount!
She: You get 25 percent off for opening the card no matter what.
Me: Oh... So the series of questions from 10 to 25 percent was a lie.
She: No.  It's not a lie.
Me: OK.  It was a deception.
She: It's not a lie if we're doing something good for the customer.

Today's score:
Spiros, 0
Clerk, 1
DOOM, 1,000,000



Monday, June 16, 2014

Casey Kasem Posse

Casey Kasem has a posse.  Here.

Apparently he was also a distinguished Plato scholar....
"It's so simple: what do people love?" Kasem said to the New York Times in a 1999 article. "Plato said it best. 'People who tell the stories rule society.' And we tell the stories, and people love to hear the stories. Of course, we've got tremendous responsibility to become accurate with those stories. And in most cases to be wholesome."

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

APA Nudges

You have recently renewed your APA membership online.  Or perhaps you're about to do so.  Either way, note the Nudge in the renewal form: The webpage default is set so that unless you (un)click a certain box, you are agreeing to make an additional contribution to one of the organization's special initiatives.  

Libertarian paternalism in action?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Posse Confirmed: Ann B. Davis

Although there initially was some doubt as to whether an Ann B. Davis posse would form, sources confirm that Ann B. Davis, indeed, has a posse.   Here.