Would You Eat a Retard?

Would you? I know it sounds like a silly question that’s probably just in the title to attract attention, but I’m asking you seriously. If someone were to breed severely mentally handicapped adults lacking almost any cognitive abilities in special institutions, treated them and cared for them until they reached adulthood, and then killed them…

An Infinite Patience

Despite the fact that school classrooms never make you question whether government, taxation, and the State are actually necessary or morally justifiable, most people proclaim that their own political views are truly free from bias and reached by rational consideration of all possible alternatives. They will insist that, despite the fact that the majority of…

Defending Zuckerberg in The Social Network

I finally got around to watching The Social Network recently, and I found it an excellent movie. Everyone who recommended it to me told me that it made Mark Zuckerberg look like an unscrupulous schemer who deviously stole the idea of Facebook, so imagine my surprise when I found instead that the exact opposite was…

Choose Ideas, Not Sides

What frustrates me most when debating politics is not people’s opinions, even though I almost always disagree with most of them. Opinions can be infuriating, but when they’ve been well thought out and are supported by at least some evidence they can be respected. What makes debates much less interesting and significantly more discouraging is…

A Quick Thought Experiment

Imagine yourself walking down a dark alley in the late hours of the night. All of a sudden, a maniac jumps out of a bush and attacks you. If you’re a woman, imagine that he attempts to rape you; if you’re a man, imagine that he is a psychopath who tries to seriously harm you.…

Gandhi Was Vegetarian, Whether You Like it or Not

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi In discussing vegetarianism with people, it’s funny to see how similar everyone’s arguments are. Irrespective of political beliefs, social status, income levels, education, etc., everyone tends to debate in pretty much exactly the…

It’s Perfectly OK to Kill Cats

I believe it is perfectly OK to kill cats. I really do. I am convinced that anyone who sees a cat walking by and then kills it is not doing anything even slightly immoral. If it’s done painlessly, better, but it doesn’t make someone any more immoral for doing it painfully. I myself have sometimes…