Reading Time: 2 minutes I have listened to the first speaker in this debate so far but will continue to watch the whole thing. But I just thought I’d share a couple of early thoughts. First, this is why debates about conceptual nominalism and realism are important. Once you understand the distinction, you will see how important one’s understanding […]
Opposing Veterans’ Rights & LGBTQ+ Rights Is Dumb
Reading Time: 5 minutes In a rare rant-style post, I take down the already-dubious logic of some silly thing I saw on the internet…because letting these statements stand is harmful, for so many reasons.
Freedom of Speech and Offence: The ACA and Rationality Rules
Reading Time: 7 minutes I know nothing about these two entities, really, but here is my view on recent goings-on. In case you are essentially as ignorant as me: So, who are they? ACA – The Atheist Community of Austin, producers of The Atheist Experience that has long been a platform for Matt Dillahunty and others. They have been and are responsible for […]
Dear U.S. Government: Trans People Exist. I Know Because I Research Them.
Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ve been researching transgender identities and issues for over a decade, so I’m appalled at the U.S. government’s erasure of them on its official websites. Here’s why you should be up in arms too.
A Reminder About the Ansari Topic: Trans/Gay Panic Is Still a Legal Defense
Reading Time: 4 minutes When discussing a woman’s response to nonconsensual sex, recall that it’s still defensible for men to kill a lover based on gay or trans identity.
We Need Evidence-Based Policies Now More Than Ever: CDC, Your Turn to #Resist
Reading Time: 3 minutes Hey, I know, let’s hobble one of our nation’s most important research centers so that we can have zero idea which policies to promote moving forward!
Scientific Research, Consequentialism and a Touch of Foxglove
Reading Time: 15 minutes The other day, I wrote a post about the University of Bath Spa not sanctioning some research into transgender people and issues concerning reversal operations. This was labelled by many in the category of “political correctness” (a term that I do not at all like and don’t use myself) on the understanding that the university […]
University of Bath Spa ‘turned down politically incorrect transgender research’
Reading Time: 2 minutes I can’t believe I just posted about this very topic, and universities having a conflict over truth versus social justice, and this very problem raises its ugly head in a UK university (see Jonathan Haidt: The Conflict Between Truth and Social Justice at Universities“). There I was, on the way to work and listening to Radio […]
What If We Let People Speak for Themselves?
Reading Time: 3 minutes I find it bizarre that we don’t ask certain populations to represent themselves in interviews or on committees that decide their fate. ‘Sup, stigma.
We’re Stuck Sharing This Country, So Let’s Not Eradicate Each Other, Okay?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Many of us are vulnerable & we know it. In order to coexist, we’re asking you to help us fight the real ills here: poverty, hunger, & more.