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Colonising Space

[Author’s Note: I wrote this in 2001, the Space Odyssey year. Since then it has been updated once, to record the fact that the New Horizon mission had been launched. Turns out that I was uninformed and hopelessly pessimistic, influenced … Continue reading

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Rebutting Murray Rothbard on Abortion

Most discussion of the issue bogs down in minutiae about when human life begins, when or if the fetus can be considered to be alive, etc. All this is really irrelevant to the issue of the legality (again, not necessarily the morality) of … Continue reading

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Giving back: does it imply you took away?

Giving Back https://www.aei.org/publication/why-giving-back-is-a-fundamentally-flawed-and-objectionable-concept-it-falsely-implies-that-there-was-a-taking-first/ https://fee.org/articles/give-up-on-giving-back/ This seems to be a word-based argument, like the famous one about walking a circle around a man who keeps turning to face you. Did you walk around him or not? What does the word “around” … Continue reading

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Polar bears refused to die as predicted and this is how the propheseers respond

Originally posted on polarbearscience:
The polar bear experts who predicted tens of thousands of polar bears would be dead by now (given the ice conditions since 2007) have found my well-documented criticisms of their failed prophesies have caused them to…

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Don’t give me your bla-bla philosophy

Philosophy has a bad name. Most people associate it with abstract arguments that have nothing to do with the real world. There are indeed those who call themselves philosophers who engage in trivial debate over the precise meaning of a … Continue reading

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Mike’s Manifesto

I am a strong atheist. I am prepared to stake my life on it, right now, that there is no god. (But let me delete my browser history first.) I believe that all religions, including the milder brands that do … Continue reading

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The Trolley Problem Part III

A Real-life Example I’m pretty sure that ethics have not been programmed into driverless cars at all so far. The driverless car is programmed to avoid collisions. If it does its best and human lives are lost, too bad. Already, … Continue reading

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