01) Christina Hoff Sommers and Camille Paglia on the state of contemporary feminism
“AEI resident scholar and Factual Feminist Christina Hoff Sommers interviews Camille Paglia, professor at the University of the Arts, on the state of contemporary feminism and how it has evolved over the last three decades.”
Part 1 – The state of contemporary feminism:
Part 2 – The fight for student liberties:
Part 3 – Intersectional feminism and safe spaces:
Part 4 – Based Mom and Based Goddess on #Gamergate:
Part 5 – Trigger warnings and the danger of overprotecting students:
01) Daniel Dennett on Tools To Transform Our Thinking
“Filmed at the Royal Geographical Society on 22nd May 2013.
Daniel Dennett is one of the world’s most original and provocative thinkers. A philosopher and cognitive scientist, he is known as one of the ‘Four Horseman of New Atheism’ along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens.
On May 22nd he came to Intelligence Squared to share the insights he has acquired over his 40-year career into the nature of how we think, decide and act. Dennett revealed his favourite thinking tools, or ‘intuition pumps’, that he and others have developed for addressing life’s most fundamental questions. As well as taking a fresh look at familiar moves — Occam’s Razor, reductio ad absurdum — he discussed new cognitive solutions designed for the most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, consciousness and free will.
By acquiring these tools and learning to use them wisely, we can all aspire to better understand the world around us and our place in it.”
“Carl Sagan muses on the current state of scientific thought, which offers him marvellous opportunities to entertain us with his own childhood experiences, the newspaper morgues, UFO stories and the assorted flotsam and jetsam of pseudo-science. Along the way he debunks alien abduction, faith-healing and channelling, refutes the arguments that science destroys spirituality, and provides a “baloney detection kit” for thinking through political, social, religious and other issues.”
The more scientifically literate, intellectually honest and objectively skeptical a person is, the more likely they are to disbelieve in anything supernatural, including god. This film is a compilation of some of the best examples of such individuals, and their thoughts on the divine. All the speakers featured are elite academics and professors at top institutions, some of whom are also Nobel Laureates.
This is part of a “Speaking About God” series by J Pararajasingham. You can see the other videos in the series here: Link“
Highly thought provoking…and so, so, so many pieces of insight, which could be commented on here. This is worth watching.
01) I am reminded of Harry Franfurt’s essay On Bullshit
“Someone who lies and someone who tells the truth are playing on opposite sides, so to speak, in the same game. Each responds to the facts as he understands them, although the response of the one is guided by the authority of the truth, while the response of the other defies that authority and refuses to meet its demands. The bullshitter ignores these demands altogether. He does not reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it. He pays no attention to it at all. By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.
It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. Producing bullshit requires no such conviction. A person who lies is thereby responding to the truth, and he is to that extent respectful of it. When an honest man speaks, he says only what he believes to be true; and for the liar, it is correspondingly indispensable that he considers his statements to be false. For the bullshitter, however, all these bets are off: he is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false. His eye is not on the facts at all, as the eyes of the honest man and of the liar are, except insofar as they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he says. He does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly. He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose.
Consider a Fourth of July orator, who goes on bombastically about “our great and blessed country, whose Founding-Fathers under divine guidance created a new beginning for mankind.” This is surely humbug. As Black’s account suggests, the orator is not lying. He would be lying only if it were his intention to bring about in his audience beliefs which he himself regards as false, concerning such matters as whether our country is great, whether it is blessed, whether the Founders had divine guidance, and whether what they did was in fact to create a new beginning for mankind. But the orator does not really care what his audience thinks about the Founding Fathers, or about the role of the deity in our country’s history, or the like. At least, it is not an interest in what anyone thinks about these matters that motivates his speech. It is clear that what makes Fourth of July oration humbug is not fundamentally that the speaker regards his statements as false. Rather, just as Black’s account suggests, the orator intends these statements to convey a certain impression of himself. He is not trying to deceive anyone concerning American history. What he cares about is what people think of him. He wants them to think of him as a patriot, as someone who has deep thoughts and feelings about the origins and the mission of our country, who appreciates the importance of religion, who is sensitive to the greatness of our history, whose pride in that history is combined with humility before God, and so on.”
Whenever anyone writes and publishes their thoughts, they are telling us equally as much about themselves, as they are about any topic. In some cases they are conveying far more about themselves, than they are actually sharing information of something…or anything tangible.
A long interview, and totally worth listening too.
Tom has done a fine job here…And I also wanted to say, that I empathize with hesitations in releasing this type of material…Anyone bothering to look around a bit, can find some of my own audio offerings…and sometimes, my concerns about not being good enough.
I think, it is more important to just be a voice speaking truth…and not worry about perfection, nor the people who will line up to make fun of you, for having done something of this nature.
It is exposing human vulnerabilities, however…Which is a monumentally brave thing to do.