Jury foreman: They had it comin’.
Just look at which justices were on each side of this split decision. You could have rolled dice for this result.
Incidentally, the decision strikes me as wrong. Though I think the law itself is an abomination.
There is no such thing as Santa Claus.
All thirty minutes are worth listening to.
Justice is what God expects of us. Justice is the standards he holds us to.
The standards he holds us to are impossibly high. We cannot satisfy justice.
Life has taught me the importance of exclusion and boundaries. A thermodynamic system with poor borders (less insulation), will have greater thermal conductivity. It may do more work initially, but it will also move at maximum speed towards that final resting state where all energy is evenly distributed. Such a state is peaceful in precisely the same way as death; for without flows of energy, there can be no life (in vivo or in silico – as no computation is possible). I suppose those who think human extinction is fair or just will consider this the state of ultimate fairness. I don’t particularly care for that final solution.
So if you even care about life existing – let alone the infinite diversity possible therein – then (contra Caplan), boundaries (such as national borders) are an absolute necessity. No differences, no energy flow, no (thermodynamic) work, no life. As in the stars, so on the earth: romance flows from polarity; trade from comparative advantage; thermodynamic work from heat differences; evolution from variation; economic competition from competing alternatives. All progress is driven by differences; so to erase differences is (counter-eponymously) to end progress.
Anyway: it worries me a little that “blogs are dying,” because if so we lose the idea of a place where people speak their piece, as oppose to speak in pieces.
While most blogs weren’t deathless examples of great writing, there was the opportunity for individualism, and you don’t get that from a Pinterest page. You don’t get it from a feed of things snipped and reblogged and pinned and shoveled into The Feed. The web turns into bushels of confetti shoveled into a jet engine, and while something does emerge out the other end, it’s usually made impressive by its velocity and volume, not the shape it makes.
This makes me think of what Jaron Lanier described as the hive mind.
Freedom is responsibility. (more…)
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So school teachers’ lesson plans are “trade secrets” exempt from the various Freedom of Information statutes? In a Sith’s eye!
An interesting read, by Andrew Murray, written in the 1800’s. A Life of Obedience. The Kindle edition is free for today only.
Kindle books don’t require an actual Kindle device. Free Kindle reading apps are available for smart phones, tablets, and computers.
I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but wanted to make a shout-out due to the temporary nature of the free e-book.
The books starts by quoting both Old Testament and New Testament passages that illustrate that the need for obedience surmounts the need for faith.
There will be no one like us when we are gone, but then there is no one like anyone else, ever. When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.
Note: this piece is cross-posted at Nathaniel’s home blog DifficultRun.
Almost all of the many articles and blog posts in the lead up to the 50 Shades of Grey release last weekend have been negative, so I had some hope that better sense would prevail and people would stay home rather than prove that controversy and porn are quick and easy paths to profit. That just goes to show you that my sense of cynicism has room to grow. (more…)
The basic problem with all mortal lives is death – and that is why from a purely mortal perspective all lives must be seen as a failure.
Some lives are a success when considered from the context of eternity.
-thus Bruce Charlton. If you limit yourself to only one internet read this week, make it the essay I pulled that from. It captures the mix in life: how sometimes we seem to be living in the middle of light, and sometimes it all seems like dirt and unhappiness.