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You Aren’t Allowed To Believe That

David Friedman¬†blogs about Academia’s “official lies,” where he references a list put together by a commenter on one of his previous posts:

–There is no such thing as “race.” It is not a scientific concept.

–Affirmative action is necessary because racism continues to be the primary cause of the poor performance of blacks in school.

–IQ tests do not measure anything real about human intelligence.

–IQ is not heritable.

–If government programs for the elimination of poverty have failed, it is for one of two reasons: 1) they have not been sufficiently funded; or 2) those implementing the programs have not been sincere.

–All differences between men and women are culturally determined.

If anyone doubts the extent to which these ideas dominate public discourse on college campuses, I invite that person to assert publicly a contrary view and see what happens. I say “publicly” because many people will tolerate such notions in private, but they will feel compelled to silence them if they are offered as part of the public discourse of the campus.

I haven’t looked too deeply into any of the items listed, but I do find the collection fascinating. I’m always interested in what one isn’t “allowed” to believe in a given societal setting.

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Are Mentally Disabled Adults Given Short Shrift?

If one searches for information on Autism, one finds resources overwhelmingly related to children. Yet, surely the vast majority of autistic children grow to adulthood. This pattern can be found across many different types of mental disabilities.

I wonder if mental disabilities in children naturally inspire empathy in those who are neurotypical, but mentally disabled adults inspire fear or discomfort in those same individuals.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Law, Morality, Uncategorized

 

Rhetoric and Reason

It’s been said “it is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing which he was never reasoned into.” Thus the power of rhetoric and emotional persuasion.

I wonder if there’s an overlap between being “principled,” and being open to logical arguments against a position one holds. Relatedly, I wonder if those who base their positions on emotion could be fairly described as “unprincipled.” Finally, I wonder how these different approaches to grasping truth relate to the political stances often called “conservative,” “progressive” and “libertarian.”

 
 

Wisdom from My Father

If you haven’t decided ahead of time how you’ll face a moral quandary, you’re almost certain to make a poor decision when it arrives.

Many people imagine they would willingly make a grand gesture of sacrifice in a situation that called for it, but few people gladly accept slight inconveniences even on behalf of their loved ones.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Morality