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Superman, The Devil's Replacement for Jesus Christ
12/15/15, 14:30

So... who is Jesus' Jimmy Olsen? Paul?
Melissa Harris Perry Says Star Wars Is Racist
12/15/15, 14:28

fucking space jews
Mystery of the Yellow Bulbs: Caterpillars, Ants & Parasitic Plants
12/15/15, 14:26

Maybe we can get a football to groin vid that cuts away to the annoying host's commentary about how amazing it is?
EEEEEEE
12/15/15, 02:02

eh
Independence Day: Resurgence | Official Trailer [HD]
12/15/15, 00:48

>I actually met Jaden and his mom under weird circumstances one time.

You know what? I don't believe you've met this particular minor celebrity under weird circumstances. This is where I'm drawing the line.
Mystery of the Yellow Bulbs: Caterpillars, Ants & Parasitic Plants
12/14/15, 14:11

Yes. Every documentary made now has to be about the JOURNEY OF THE FILMMAKER rather than, you know, the fucking subject of the documentary. It makes them basically unwatchable.
Mystery of the Yellow Bulbs: Caterpillars, Ants & Parasitic Plants
12/14/15, 01:47

God did it. Solved your problem there, genius. But I guess you wanted a socialist taxpayer grant to investigate your little athiest nihilism bulbs, didn't you? Typical darwintard.
Herchurch
12/14/15, 00:31

I never quite understand people that basically make up their own religion, but somehow still try and take it seriously.

Also, worshiping the "divine feminine" just perpetuates gender binaries.
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
12/13/15, 22:48

He looks like a giant blue baby wearing lipstick.
Marc Okrand on Klingon
12/13/15, 21:43

You seems to have misunderstood the meaning of the word "for," EH, which is maybe some kind of new record for you. Congratulations!
Vocal Alchemy Ľ Primal Vocal Play
12/13/15, 07:46

The very essence of wouldn't.
Marc Okrand on Klingon
12/13/15, 01:24

Nerd makes language for space jocks.
Andrew Dice Clay Gets Kicked Off CNN
12/13/15, 00:54

So, Art Carney: thoughts?
Space Ghost Chant
12/09/15, 23:11

HOONA IGNA CHOWA NEHA
Donald Trump's Top Fascistic Moments on the 2015 Campaign Trail
12/09/15, 23:01

Anita Sarkeesian. Anita Sarkeesian. Anita Sarkeesian.
Donald Trump's Top Fascistic Moments on the 2015 Campaign Trail
12/09/15, 19:47

do you ever not think about SJWs?

when I say the words "anita sarkeesian," how does that make you feel?
Donald Trump's Top Fascistic Moments on the 2015 Campaign Trail
12/09/15, 19:06

>>I will agree with Void this far: there are all sorts of perfectly reasonable political stances which a college professor, a middle manager, a scientist cannot dare speak aloud for fear of being taken down by an outraged mob and losing their livelihood.

I sort of agree, sort of don't. One needs a definition of "perfectly reasonable." Obviously, if someone says "I think women's place is in the kitchen," "The holocaust is a jewish lie," or "Black people are all dumb criminals," then I'm perfectly happy with them being censured by the public. I think a lot of things that are acceptable to say ("Gay people are evil") should be in the public censure category. I have, however, seen people censured for stuff that is either innocuous or not worthy of a hate mob.

I also want to point out that this might be due in part to social media and outrage-as-entertainment allowing/encouraging anger mobs, rather than it being a phenomenon rising out of (specifically) the activist left.
The Most Worthless College Majors
12/09/15, 18:49

* this leads to not taking action on one of the most serious problems that we currently face, and actively making it worse.
The Most Worthless College Majors
12/09/15, 18:47

Thanks, EH. That was one of the most evilhomerest things youíve ever posted.

The point of the thought experiment is just to reflect on the sort of education that one would need if one were to be in charge of stuff, and to point out that all citizens in a democracy are, in some sense, in charge of stuff, and thus need such an education. Itís not an endorsement of monarchy, though I appreciate your brave stand against the divine right of kings. Nor does the point require direct democracy or involvement of everyone in government. For example; in a representative system people need to choose between a candidate that thinks climate change is real and one that doesnít, or one that thinks we need to do something about it and one that doesnít. One ought to have a general knowledge of climatology (or at least how science works) in order to make the first choice, and a background in ethics in order to make the second. The fact that a vast number of people donít have this background is one of the main reasons that so many people are taken in by climate change denialist bullshit who subsequently elect representatives that block action on climate change; this leads to

>>problems would only really start to arise IF the state were given sweeping powers by which it could interfere with the lives of its citizenry. All such a democracy would need is a system of checks and balances (a constitution that limits the powers which the state could claim, for instance)

We live in such a state. People not knowing a) what those checks and balances are, or b) why they are a good idea/the reasons behind them, puts our system in jeopardy. Think of conservatives trying to legislate their religion, or protesters at Missouri not understanding freedom of the press. Having checks and balances and limitations on mob rule is great, but doesnít protect a democratic system from the dangers of having a demos that doesnít understand or endorse the system they live in. The fact that large numbers of people on both the left and the right are willing to abridge or totally negate civil liberties is due, in part, to having never learned what these liberties are, nor why they are important.

One might make a distinction between getting a liberal arts education and majoring in a liberal arts major. This is a valid point. I donít think everyone needs to focus on philosophy or whatever, just that some general education and ethics/politics requirements are a good thing. I donít think Mr. Libertarianmullet makes such a distinction, however; I think itís a more accurate characterization of the gist of his rant (the fact that heís not clear or concise is symptomatic of a lack of critical thinking skills) to say that one of his central premises is that one goes to college to learn skills to make money, and anything else is a waste of time. Iím arguing that this is wrong, or at least harmful to a democracy.

I agree that there are reasons other than political reasons to study the humanities. My argument was not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive.

There are certainly majors that are useless. (Kickball is pretty fun, though. And, interestingly, there are several quality Philosophy of Sport journals. A paper on coaching comparing Heidegger/Dreyfus and Searle versus a computational theory of mind was one of the best papers Iíve read recently.) They are useless for reasons other than a low cost to future earnings ratio or because the subjects discussed are ďtoo abstractĒ or they sound dumb (itís not clear that he understands anything about leisure studies other than the name), though, which are the reasons Mr. Libertarianmullet gives.
Man Faceplants Cement after Bouncing on Pogo Stick
12/09/15, 11:49

Yay for headbutt planet earth. We needed this, good call IZ.

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