Friday (and Thursday’s belated) Highlights

OK then.

  1. Better late than never (… is that Shakespeare too?).
  2. Journalism, moving into used car salesman and politician territory.
  3. Flap flap.
  4. Police misconduct (or not) and the Bill of Rights.
  5. A lot more impressive 3d printing project than crappy single shot pistols.
  6. Sorry, I’d agree most of the time it isn’t a disease.
  7. Virtue.
  8. Not getting the dilemma here.
  9. Failure modes will be so incredibly impressive … which is just one more reason to build it, eh?
  10. Pride of place is a common trait, lots of southerners have conflicted feelings about the Civil War. So what?
  11. I’ll bet Mr Begin had no public criticism of Ms Clinton’s Senate run. Hmm.
  12. Faith, prison and healing.
  13. A progression, which follows alongside a reduction in gun violence nationwide during the same period.
  14. The world and abortion.
  15. A cool toy.
  16. Yikes or idiots abounding.

6 responses to “Friday (and Thursday’s belated) Highlights

  1. Not related to any particular link but you may want to check out http://www.jasoncollins.org/2013/01/fertility-is-going-to-go-up/ and re-assess your ‘demographic suicide’ theory.

  2. 4.Police misconduct (or not) and the Bill of Rights.

    I’d suspect no. I think you could argue there’s a general duty to comply with police who are in the middle of conducting emergancy operations. Let’s say your neighbor is holding someone hostage. Police station officers in your yard in case the perp tries to run out his back door and escape through your yard. I don’t think you have a right to object to this nor am I even very sympathetic to the argument that you can demand ‘compensation’ for ‘use’ of your land in this case.

    On the other hand, suppose the cops tell you they want to conduct a year long investigation of your next door neighbor. This will entail having cops in your living room 24-7 watching his house from your sofa. The bar is much, much higher in that case…IMO..

    10.Pride of place is a common trait, lots of southerners have conflicted feelings about the Civil War. So what?

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire and the Paul’s generate a lot of smoke. Nor are they notable representatives of the ‘southern POV’. Their political philosophy leans towards non-American theories of Rand and libertarianism which rejects the idea of ‘place’ and culture as a relevant factor in politics…instead trying the enlightenment process of building up a political system by reasoning from abstract principles the way Euclid built up his geometry.

  3. Not getting the dilemma here.

    Because it’s not. The example seems inspired by a list of other examples used in an experiment on emotional responses to moral questions. They are designed to *NOT* induce rational reasoning about the issue but to induce an emotional response in subjects. This is done with the more traditional ‘reasoning type dilemmas’ while patients are in an MRI to see what areas of the brain are activated.

    See http://www.sciencemag.org/content/293/5537/2105

    and for a list of ‘dilemmas’ used

    http://www.sciencemag.org/content/293/5537/2105/suppl/DC1

  4. Boonton,
    The link from the source post seemed to imply there was an ethical choice. It doesn’t seem much of an ethical quandry for discussion.

  5. There was indeed an ethical choice/question:

    “Was it appropriate for this boy to put pills in his grandmother’s teapot in order to play a trick on her?”

    From the context of a ethics/logic class this isn’t a very challenging question but the point of the experiment is to monitor people’s brains as they think about ethical issues. Many of the questions were ‘easy’ as far as intellectual exercises go but were designed to stimulate various emotions in the patients (for example, the horror that the ‘trick’ ends up causing the woman’s death as opposed to a ‘trick’ that causes no harm to anyone). If you read the first sets of questions you’ll note that many of them are exceptionally uninteresting for a classroom type exercise. For example;

    ***
    You are a farm worker driving a turnip-harvesting machine. You are approaching two diverging paths.

    By choosing the path on the left you will harvest ten bushels of turnips. By choosing the path on the right you will harvest twenty bushels of turnips. If you do nothing your turnip-harvesting machine will turn to the left

    Is it appropriate for you to turn your turnip-picking machine to the right in order to harvest twenty bushels of turnips instead of ten?
    ****

  6. Boonton,

    From the context of a ethics/logic class this isn’t a very challenging question …

    Which was essentially my remark.

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