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Tolerating the intolerant? No.

Tolerance of intolerance violates the law of noncontradiction. It’s common to hear the intolerant attempt to paint the tolerant as hypocrites for not tolerating their intolerance. This is a cheap rhetorical trick that while it convinces nobody, can often confuse an argument. And there’s a strong logical foundation for intolerance of intolerance, especially for a […]

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An Obstacle to Progress

“I know that most men [people], including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, […]

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Invisibilia: How To Become Batman

Alix and Lulu examine the surprising effect our expectations can have on the people around us. Plus, the story of a blind man who says expectations have helped him see. Yes, see.

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Definition of Intelligence

“Intelligence: being able to adapt our behavior to challenges.” –Neil Degrasse Tyson in Cosmos.

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The No Doubt, Improbable Seahawks Win

Improbable Moments in an Unbelievable NFC Championship Game: First Half: Wilson is one for eight for 14 yards, three interceptions and a 0.0 quarterback rating. 3rd Quarter, 7:00 to go. 3rd & 19 29 yards to Baldwin for a first down. Sea 0 GB 16 3rd Quarter, 4:48 to go. 4th & 10 Fake Field […]

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The Primacy of Trust

First, trust. Absent trust, nothing. With trust, the possibility of everything.

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Finding The I in We

The wisdom of age, acquired through experience, is not sufficient to match the wisdom of modernity, acquired through data. This is the fundamental failure of conservatism. The only way out of this myopic view of the importance of one’s own experience is to love & respect others, recognizing that our experiences are limited to our […]

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Article: How Politics Makes Us Stupid

Over the course of 10 years, as I tried to make sense of the religion I had left (Mormonism) and why I had believed much of it in the first place, I began to deconstruct the very notion of belief and knowledge, starting with the foundational question “what can we know?” That process gave me […]

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Alan Turing, Transforming the System of Government

Alan Turing was perhaps one of the greatest minds the human race has ever known. He transformed the way we think of systems, and is often referred to as the father of computer science. But even now, in death, he is helping us to analyze a different kind of system, the system of human governance. […]

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Jean Baudrillard, Postmodernism and The Wiz

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Wherein reading the postmodern philosopher Jean Baudrillard causes me think of the sage words from the 1970's musical The Wiz...
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The Fake Theory of Neoliberalism

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 don't believe that "Neoliberalism" is an actual economic…
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If She'd JUST Been a Better Candidate!

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Topic: Clinton was a Wall Street SHILL! Shilary! Let’s…
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Hey Democrats. Stop apologizing.

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illary shouldn't have apologized for the server; what did the…
An Analytical Review of The New God Argument
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An Analytical Review of Lincoln Cannon’s “The New God Argument"

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uring my exit from Mormonism and for a few years after, I engaged…
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Guns Don't Kill People, Statistics Do

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he primary reason given for gun ownership is protection. That…
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News Should Look Like News

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I want my Newscasters to be grisled and bruised. I want their…
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Trump The Cuban Missile Crisis

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NOTE: While there is a humorous tone to this post, I take the…
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An Open Letter to Conflicted Republicans...

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Dear Republican Friends... I get that many of you are conflicted.…
Fortunately, it's not this hard!
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A Trump IRS FOIA Request

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n Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, I submitted a Freedom of Information…
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Karmann Ghia

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1974 Karmann Ghia...best car I ever owned.  
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Judging Hillary: They Who Are Without Sin...

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I became angry at a fellow Democrat this weekend... he's…
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Holding Nose? Nonsense...

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here's a common narrative this election cycle that most voters…
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Hillary Clinton & Racism

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ecently, in a discussion on racism among recent presidential…
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Invisibilia: The Problem with the Solution

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Americans LOVE solutions. But are there problems we shouldn't…
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The Kshama Sawant Problem…

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Is it time to remove Democratic support for Socialist Sawant? In…
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We. Will. Will we?

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e. Will. Will We? We will. Or, we will not. We is choice. One…
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On Purity and Politics...

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nherent in "We The People" is a rejection of purity politics.…
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Election Model, Bell Curve Distributed Ideology

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Premise: Where voter ideology is distributed along a bell cure,…
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The first challenge

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he first challenge in a life lived honestly is to unravel our…
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The Opportunity & Danger of New Faith

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ne identifying mark of young faith is the idea that those who…
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Human Dignity Requires Equality of Economic Opportunity

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re you a supporter of basic Human Rights? Do you bristle at racial…
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Destroying Plato's Theory of Forms

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This short video succeeds in destroying Plato's Theory of Forms,…
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We Hold Onto Each Other a Little Harder...

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...I will not let go. I cannot agree with the Buddhist philosophy…
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The Value of Discontent

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wonder at the value of internal peace and tranquility. While…
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Freedom OR Democracy?

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THIS conversation is one that we should be having. We need to…
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Honest Disagreement...

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onest disagreement, open to real discussion, can energize a relationship,…
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Opt Out of the GOP

An organization named Generation Opportunity made a video trying…
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Tangentially Speaking: Christopher Ryan's Podcast Interview of me...

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y good friend Christopher Ryan, Author of the book Sex At Dawn,…
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A Must Read: A Plutocracy Ruled by Self-Centered Jerks

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"Two studies released last week confirmed what most of us already…
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Dan Savage in Conversation with Andrew Sullivan

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This is an amazing conversation; perhaps the pinnacle of modern…
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How Much I Feel

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s an overly romantic kid, I spent a good portion of my youth…
LDS-owned Ancestry.com reports 2005 death of Mitt Romney
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Black Ace. Red Lady.

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egas is a cold mistress. Loss expected, we sit at the table anyway.…
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Ecstasy

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ad thinking leads to bad results. Previously, I’ve stated…
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How To Interview Mitt Romney About Sexism

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Ask: Could a woman ever be appointed to lead your religion? Should…
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Post-Atheist: Moving Beyond Belief

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Summary Asking whether one believes in God is a nonsensical,…
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On Satchels and Sexuality

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’m leaning against a bar, swirling Johnnie Walker Black on…
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Lakoff & Obama: The Country We Believe In

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George Lakoff suggests that Obama's April 13, 2011 speech provides…
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David Frum and the Failure of Conservatism

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Summary David Frum reversed his position on gay marriage. Conservatives…
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Progress is Winning

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Conservatism is the anchor on the ship of progress.
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Foundational Values: A More Perfect Union

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Summary The United States has a single foundation: The Constitution.…
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Racism and the LDS Church. The Mormons!

his is an issue that just won't go away, darn it! That's frustrating…
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22 Years, 9 Months, and 28 Days...

hat's how much time passed between Rosa Park's refusal to give…
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What is an LDS Feminist?

In relation to my recent entry LDS Male Feminists? Where your…
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LDS Male Feminists; Where your heart lies...

recently attended the Sunstone conference in Salt Lake City,…
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Gay Rights and Right-wing Wrongs

ight-wing histrionics blog Sound Politics continues its never-ending…
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On Determinism...

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A President In Denial

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In his weekly radio address, President Bush, today, stated the…
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The Magdalene Laundries; A Study in Authoritarian Idealist Regimes

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o, I'm late in viewing the movie The Magdalene Sisters. I had…
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Note To Self...if ever "on-the-lam"

f I'm ever a fugitive from justice, and if I ever use the alias…
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Manufacturing Votes in King County?

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s Republicans are trying any and every argument that they can…
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My Articles of Faith

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NOTE: This is an old version of my values. There are two newer…
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Aural Fixation

I just can't get enough of the brit group Zero 7. And, this song…
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Too Busy Gathering Material...

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ust a quick note to explain the lack of posting lately... As…
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A Swift Kick to Free Speech

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resident Bush is now requesting that all 527s cease their activity,…
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Feeding the Beast

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've long considered myself a capitalist. By which I've meant…
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Passionate Agnosticism

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hen asked about my beliefs in God, I describe myself not only…