Category Archives: morality

If I’m not a philosopher, what am I instead?

I’ve already worked out what I’m not. With that in mind, what should I do, and how can I think, and what values can I have, so as to make my life meaningful? I’ve always had the lucky knack of … Continue reading

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Fight re the death

Reading halal and haram slaughterers argue over which of their methods is the most ethical is as edifying as watching representatives from Audi and BMW mudwrestling as a way of proving which car has the plushiest airbags.

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The smoke in Spain pools mainly like a stain

Since Spain introduced a partial smoking ban back in 2006, smokers and their enablers had clearly spent time finding their way round it. Since the last time I was over there, smoking had wormed its way back into bars and … Continue reading

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If you want to get ahead, get a helmet. Or don't.

To the editor of Cycle, the CTC magazine: Sir, It’s always a shame to see factions of CTC cyclists still arguing with each other over whether one “ought” to either wear, or be forced to wear, a helmet. The argument … Continue reading

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Scientists are mostly skeptics; denialists merely wrong

I admire skepticism. Being cool-headed about empirical situations helps you make informed conclusions, and hence decisions, even as you might labour under the pressure of those situations. Science constitutes formalized skepticism: strictly so in its theoretical, dehumanized sense; more approximately … Continue reading

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David Cameron: also putting political agenda ahead of principle

Bloggerheads has recently written yet more about the scandalous behaviour and recalcitrance of Patrick Mercer MP (a blogpost from which I take my title). Mercer’s involvement with all sorts of untrustworthy characters is the gift that keeps on giving for … Continue reading

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Volte-face, post-haste

One of the tasks you have to attend to (desultorily) when you move house is changing one’s address with banks, utility companies and now the DVLA. Last night I had just finished addressing envelopes for both licence and car registration, … Continue reading

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