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Yesterday, Peter Singer, the famous philosophy professor known for advocating infanticide among other things, posted this blog entry in the New York Times, entitled “Should This Be the Last Generation?”  In it, he considers whether the human race should essentially force itself into non-existence, so that we would be the last generation.  Why?  Because there […]

The recent Arizona law encouraging stricter enforcement of immigration law has led to a huge national debate. Forget about the Arizona law for a few minutes.  Set aside the issue of how to find (or potentially deport) illegal aliens, and just consider the results of the current situation in the United States. Here’s my question […]

I discovered a bit of historical trivia recently that is really quite fun, and also a bit serious. Harvard claims that it is the oldest college in the U.S. It furthermore claims to have the oldest continuously operating corporation in the U.S. (i.e., the Harvard Corporation, which runs the college). Turns out both claims are […]

First, a disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor, and despite what I say here, the least risky choice seems to be to place babies on their backs to sleep — every time.  Nor do I intend to downplay the risk of SIDS.  It is a horrifying ordeal for every parent who has lost a […]

Yevgeny Plushenko got something right in his remarks after winning the silver at the Winter Olympics.  The New York Times quotes him: “If the Olympic champion doesn’t know how to jump a quad, I don’t know,” Plushenko said. “Now it’s not men’s figure skating. It’s dancing. Maybe figure skating needs a new name.” Plushenko is […]

In general, I’m a fan of Steven Strogatz, though he’s not by any means my favorite pop writer on mathematics.  Nevertheless, I’m not sure I like his recent columns in The New York Times on basic mathematics.  The most recent one, on negative numbers, certainly has some serious flaws. Basically, after a short introduction that […]

Today is Ash Wednesday, a day that many Christians know as the only day they can be identified on sight.  Unlike many religions, with their traditional clothing, headgear, etc., most Christian sects never have visible outward symbols of their faith for the average member. But on Ash Wednesday, many Christians appear in public with smudges […]

Once again, the government claims a victory when they regulated a system that wasn’t broken in order to help a few (in this case, most of whom didn’t need helping) while inconveniencing many more people.  As I will argue, it also promotes an already unhealthy perspective on food consumption that is ruining the eating experience […]

Here’s a perfect example of why the American public has the right to be a bit concerned about health care regulated by the federal government.  Massive regulation of private companies never quite works out the way you expect. Credit cards are evil. Everyone should be taught this starting in elementary school. And for that reason […]

It’s a few days into the trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger concerning the validity of California’s Proposition 8, and many now view this as a potential landmark case that will eventually find its way to the Supreme Court.  The Supremes have already felt the need to interfere in the procedural elements of the trial by […]