While reading through my RSS-feed today I came across a puzzling post by Sam Harris titled “In Defense of Profiling”. He talks about the way security treats people on airports and come to some strange conclusions about this. Firstly, let me say a thing or two about my own experience with, and thoughts about, the […]
April 15th was the 100th year anniversary of the Titanic accident. I was planning to make a post on that day, but I never found the time, but here it is four days late. The story about the Titanic has always fascinated me – ever since I was a little kid. My granddad, who was a fisherman […]
Hamster-wheel logic noun The use of a rapid series of circular arguments to argue a point. It is similar to a “Gish gallop”, a debating technique that involves drowning the opponent in a torrent of half-truths, lies, and straw-man arguments. Example: The creationist Kem Ham’s attempt to answer the question: “How do we know other […]
I wish you all a happy passing of an arbitrary point in the cycle of our planet around our small star. Since I missed yesterday’s Caturday™, I start the new year with a cat picture instead. May Basement Cat be with you all!
ad fem·i·nam adj. Appealing to irrelevant personal considerations concerning women, especially prejudices against them. A term coined in 1963. Modelled on the much older ad hominem, it refers to attempts to defeat an argument rooted in sexist prejudice against women. The term is most frequently used in this sense in feminist philosophy, to note systemic […]
I promise to not post a lot about shoes, but these pictures needs to be seen! They’re from Barneys New York. They “celebrates 20 years of red-soled glamour with the unveiling of our new Madison Avenue windows”. The photo below is taken by Julia Chesky at modelizing.us. Check out the link for all the other […]
A culture not a costume A student organization at Ohio University called Students Teaching Against Racism (STARS) have had a number of posters made to make people aware that stereotyping people based on their ethnicity can be offensive. There is a very fine line here. Many nationalities get stereotyped, including western nations. Lederhosen anyone? But when […]