Reno Round 1: A Comedy

I just finished working my ass off renovating an older house I bought earlier in the year. Here are the before, during, and after pictures.  This post doesn’t have any philosophy except for that I wouldn’t have finished the project if I hadn’t been reading the Stoics in the evening… Part 1:  The house had […]

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Solving US Health Care Cost Problems: Free Market vs Government Policy. Part 1

I apologize in advance for the somewhat scattered nature of this post. I’m trying to work through some ideas. What I’m trying to figure out is whether certain cost problems in the US health care system can be solved using free market approaches or whether solutions require government intervention. The nature of the problems I’m looking […]

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Relativism, Nihilism, and Realism: You Think You’re a Relativist but You’re Not.

IntroductionIf I had a nickel for every time I hear something like “Well, if it’s right for him, who am I to judge?” I’d still be poor. Not because I don’t hear it a lot but because I’d donate all those nickels to charity. Anyway, relativism–the position that values are relative to an individual or […]

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A Problem for Libertarianism

The JargonLets get it out the way, shall we?Negative rights place obligations on others to abstain from doing something.  The most common example of a negative right is freedom of speech. My (negative) right to freedom of speech places an obligation on others (in most cases, the guvamint) to abstain from restricting my speech.Positive rights place […]

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Thaaat’s Not Science!

The Demarkation Problem:  Notes and Discussion of Karl Popper’s Falsificationism OverviewOne issue in the philosophy of science is known as the demarkation problem.  That is, where do we draw the line between genuine science and pseudo-science?   What’s the difference between astronomy and astrology?  Chemistry and alchemy?  Medicine and homeopathy?  Psychology and Freudian psycho-analysis?  Evolutionary biology and creation […]

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