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
“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”?
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
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
Ashley Messinger just wrote a great article over at Brandon Adamson’s AltLeft.com: This article is about 1) how a taboo against incestuous reproduction could be used to make the political mainstream comfortable with (explicit) eugenics, and 2) other ethical considerations surrounding human genetic enhancement – in that order. One must differentiate what I call implicit and… Read More “The Accidental Eugenicist”
This woman is a professor at my university. At first watch, I felt angry. Just today, I was ordering food at a chain restaurant. The woman, black, was overly friendly, and kept repeating my name. Her friendliness was uncanny. It’s like she just got the job, and that she was over-coached on how to be… Read More White People Time and Black People Time
As most of you are already aware, I almost never discuss the “Jewish question” (“JQ”). The reason for this is that it generally bores me. This does not mean, however, that it is itself a boring question — it is anything but boring. It bores me in particular because I settled it for myself so… Read More The Jewish Question (and My Jewishness) Finally Addressed