Over at the Washington Blade blog, Mark Lee raises an important question about the recent Brendan Eich/Mozilla debacle: are we more interested in punishing our enemies than we are about changing the social and political landscape?
He argues, “It is astonishing that in the midst of winning hearts and minds on the most essential [...]
I’ve been vocally and financially supporting legalizing gay marriage for a long time, so I’ll admit to some schadenfreude when OKCupid called out Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for supporting Prop 8′s ban on same-sex marriage. But lest we forget, most Californians did. Are we to cut off business, social, and political relationships with all of them?
Does God make mistakes? It’s a simple question that has frustrated religious thinkers for thousands of years. If she does, it would explain a lot about our world (with its cracking plates and wobbly axis) and our bodies (with their genetic deficiencies and farcical design features–like sewage pipes in recreational areas). But it would also imply [...]
People on the political left often complain about the small fraction of students in America who go to private schools that teach some bad science (creationism and the like). Americans do struggle with science–conservatives with evolution, liberals with heliocentrism–so this is an important issue.
It comes up most frequently in the [...]
A Holocaust of Ignorance
I’m often confronted by people who demand to know how skeptics dare to criticize other people’s beliefs about medicine, biotech, and science. Others simply shrug off popular pseudoscience and say, “Why bother? What’s the harm?”
The answer is that the cost of misinformation is too large to ignore. It is real. [...]
Americans spend $28 billion a year on organic food and $34 billion a year on “alternative medicine.” By contrast, the vaccine market is less than $13 billion. So please, spare me the Manichean narrative about how Big Pharma is driven only by greed and tells lies to [...]
Every September 11th, Americans—mostly our political class—gather in New York City or Washington D.C. to say, “Never again.” Never again will we allow 19 deranged terrorists hijack plans and fly them into buildings in America—a vain and hollow promise, as if simply by making an act of will we could have prevented the 3,000 [...]
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