A response to a TruthDig opinion piece entitled “The Media Did Not Create the Trump Phenomenon”

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http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_media_did_not_create_the_trump_phenomenon_20160329#14593282189891&action=collapse_widget&id=0&data=I am going to take this one point at a time.>WASHINGTON—One of the more absurd things being said about the Donald Trump phenomenon is that the media created it. For the record, we didn’t.”<This is the thesis. Fair enough. Now… Continue Reading

COP21 Optimism Has Turned Me into a Skeptic


Don’t get me wrong here. I still believe in global warming. Better said, I still believe in the overwhelming consensus among climate scientists that there is such a thing as global warming, and that human beings are the cause of… Continue Reading

Je suis stupide

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Yes. Great. Yes. You are right. Yes. Yes. Certainly. I agree full-heartedly. The perpetrators of the attacks in Paris were Muslim. That is, indeed, an incredibly keen observation.But maybe, just maybe — you know, all other things held equal and… Continue Reading

Liberté, égalité, fraternité: Don’t stand with France, stand with the survivors


First, I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the friends and families of the victims of the attack in Paris on Friday. You have my support, as do the survivors who have thankfully lived through the tragedy, and… Continue Reading

Introduction // Altruistic Symmetrism: Thoughts about the Ethics of Socio-Economics


In a grove in a forest in the middle of nowhere two near-starving humanoid beings stumble upon a meal for one. How shall they decide who gets how much?Let us assume for the sake of simplicity that these humanoids are… Continue Reading

That should read: “When you truly show how much you care for others, you have reached a dangerously awesome level of freedom”.

That should read: “When you truly show how much you care for others, you have reached a dangerously awesome level of freedom”.From a human behavioural biology perspective, caring about what someone thinks of you cannot be separated from caring about… Continue Reading