Nuance in the Noise: Cultural Embeddedness Can Excuse People from Blameworthiness

Introduction Since the dawn of the modern era, cross-cultural awareness has caused the advent of moral principles deemed to be universally applicable and unimpeachable. These principles, distilled from the common essence of the human condition, human needs and nature, hold great promise for human peace, prosperity, and justice. However, the application of these moral principles… Read More Nuance in the Noise: Cultural Embeddedness Can Excuse People from Blameworthiness

What are These “Legitimate Grievances”?

“If the evolution of [an] ideological pattern does not keep pace with the growth of knowledge, with social change and the march of events, the [ideology] will increasingly cease to satisfy the multitudes seeking assurance about their destiny, and will become progressively less effective as a social organ.” – Julian Huxley We did not choose… Read More What are These “Legitimate Grievances”?

Motivated Reasoning in the Social Sciences

This article is an example par excellence of politically motivated reasoning in the social sciences. “Everything else being equal,” they conclude, “demographic shifts toward increasing diversity may increase people’s pro-sociality.” a) With regards to the first experiment, people who elected to donate to the Boston Marathon Bombing victims could be from an incredibly skewed sample.… Read More Motivated Reasoning in the Social Sciences

Kant, the Enlightenment, and the Post-War Dilemma of Difference

I have long puzzled over why arguments against race realism and racial hereditarianism are so often little more than strongly worded injunctions against daring to ask such questions. “Why is this a verboten topic?” I have always wondered. The obvious answer is that it is a reaction against the horrors of WWII. As somebody who… Read More Kant, the Enlightenment, and the Post-War Dilemma of Difference