Monthly Archives: April 2013

Whose Utilitarianism?

[Trigger warning: attempt to ground morality] God help me, I’m starting to have doubts about utilitarianism. Whose Superstructure? The first doubt is something like this. Utilitarianism requires a complicated superstructure – a set of meta-rules about how to determine utilitarian … Continue reading

RPG emergency!

[EDIT: Solved, no need for more people to volunteer.] Much like the deity she represents, the Apologist in our Dungeons and Discourse game has abandoned us in our hour of need, leaving us hopeless and confused. Much like modern society, … Continue reading

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Polyamory Is Boring

I. I remember explaining polyamory to my father when I met him in Utah. He just shrugged and said “I guess I’m too old-fashioned for that sort of thing to make sense.” I feel blessed to have a father with … Continue reading

Poor Folks Do Smile…For Now

I got the opportunity to talk to GMU professor and futurist Robin Hanson today, which I immediately seized upon to iron out the few disagreements I still have with someone so brilliant. The most pressing of these is his four … Continue reading

Investment and Inefficient Charity

After rushing home from Utah I made it to a talk on efficient charity which St. Paul of Rational Altruist put together at the Berkeley Faculty Club. (I should probably mention that from now on I will be preceding the … Continue reading

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Lies, Damned Lies, And Facebook (Part 2 of ∞)

[TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of violence against the disabled] I decided to edit the last post to split it in half. Some of you who read this through Reader are probably getting it twice, so apologies for that. The second Facebook … Continue reading

Lies, Damned Lies, And Facebook (Part 1 of ∞)

I spend so much time arguing with people about the graphics they post on Facebook that I figured I should at least make a blog post out of it so I can pretend it’s productive. Here’s an image I got … Continue reading

Against Anton-Wilsonism

Back when I was in college, I loved stuff by Robert Anton Wilson. In case you’re not familiar with him, he was a writer and occultist who recorded all sorts of interesting things from mystical traditions all over the world. … Continue reading

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A good pun is its own reword

Last night Buzzfeed showed me this so-called List of the Greatest Puns of All Time. Yesterday an atheist blog published a list of Ten Most Median Things About Easter. They didn’t make any claims that it was the best things … Continue reading

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