Monthly Archives: February 2011

Argument by Definition

I’ve been using this phrase—argument by definition—for some time, but I’m not sure where I got it from. In addition, I wasn’t sure until recently what exactly I thought I meant by it. I could intuitively identify such arguments, but … Continue reading

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Robert Fisk on the Secular Popular Revolts (backed by secret Islamists? Er, no)

Robert Fisk’s op-ed in the Independent (Sunday, 20 February 2011) confronts the dominant Western government and media stereotype of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya (and national socialist China?). They are not religiously inspired uprisings - and Fisk requests that we please … Continue reading

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Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself

Here’s a great line from a student paper: Who coined the term “ladylike”? All ladies aren’t alike.

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When Prophecy’s Faked

The following is a guest post—which originally appeared here—from Jay Livingston, of Montclair Socioblog. Special thanks to Jay for allowing us to share his post! ********** It turns out that the only scientific evidence linking autism to childhood vaccinations was … Continue reading

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Reading Hard Copies vs. Electronic Copies

I was preparing to review an essay today, and I was wondering to myself: “Should I read it on the computer or go ahead and print it out? I think I’ll print it out.” Then I thought: “Why print it … Continue reading

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Soccer and Revolution

Since we recently had a post by Deane on the idea that sports can serve as the “opium of the masses“—prompted in part by a quote from Terry Eagleton’s 2007 volume The Meaning of Life—I was intrigued when I saw … Continue reading

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The Dhammakaya Code

The following is a guest post from Cris, a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. This post originally appeared on Cris’ blog, Genealogy of Religion (which is well worth checking out, by the way). ********** Until recently, … Continue reading

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