Friday Roundup

  • Wow, I guess these guys never got the memo that climate change is a “particularly unhelpful example” of where simply knowing the “facts” and “evidence” doesn’t equal agreement.

You know what they did agree upon?  “In any case, the scientists did agree on this: The science is far from settled.”

  • A radical individualism could be at the core of our present economic inequality, thus, it could be intrinsic to liberalism…perhaps this is why many of the “solutions” given by both the left and right are simply plans for re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic…
  • Unless one can appeal to some objective referent, even one as general as “us” and what it means to be “us” then he cannot make this argument: “But in the end, torture’s failure to serve its intended purpose isn’t the main reason to oppose its use. I have often said, and will always maintain, that this question isn’t about our enemies; it’s about us.”

In a strictly utilitarian ethics, without any objective referent, there is no rational argument against torture by the state.  There may be differences of “taste” and emoting, but if that is the only argument, then it’s no more powerful than saying “But my taste is for red wine.”  I doubt such would ever sway a government or populace and it shouldn’t.  Frankly, who cares what your taste in wine is?  Or mine?  It is the argument of either someone who doesn’t understand what is being talked about, or they do understand and consider the questions and issues to be on the same sort of level or plane.  Either is very disturbing.
  • Good questions asked here…
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1 Response to Friday Roundup

  1. Do be careful here, Darrell.

    The article suggests the science on the role climate change has played in the Californian drought is far from settled. No argument there.

    You have written this in a way that suggests that the science of climate change in general (specifically, whether human activity is causing changes to our climate) is far from settled. This may not be your intention, but the result is unfortunate.

    I take you do believe the science regarding whether or not human activity is playing a role in climate change is settled?

    Bernard

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