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Forum: Diavlog comments 06-02-2010, 03:46 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,484
Posted By cmonsour
Re: Bling, War, Fashion, and Radicalism (Hanna Rosin & Maureen Tkacik)

hmm, I really thought it was a pleasure to listen to Tkacik sort of think out loud. There were some slightly awkward moments, and I sometimes wasn't quite sure whether that was because of some...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-26-2009, 09:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,891
Posted By cmonsour
Re: The Tiny Megaphone (Robert Reich & Glenn Loury)

Two smart dudes, but a bad pairing in my opinion. Did they disagree about anything? My instinct is to agree with most of their consensus opinion, but without someone in the conversation pushing on...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-24-2009, 01:52 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 37,097
Posted By cmonsour
Re: Percontations: What Should We Believe?

It's great to get to listen to this kind of in-the-weeds conversation on a difficult but fascinating subject, so yay Bloggingheads. On the merits, though, what I can't escape when I listen to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-10-2009, 05:15 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 35,445
Posted By cmonsour
Re: Percontations: Religiosity Rematch

I also think Eliezer's notion that emotions and values can "proceed wholly from the facts" is quite strange. Isn't this a basic is/ought fallacy? We can certainly come to understand why we have the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-10-2009, 04:56 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 35,445
Posted By cmonsour
Re: Percontations: Religiosity Rematch

Well, I started out expecting to find Eliezer more persuasive in this one, but I have to say, Adam Frank carried the day. (I thought--I'm not sure why--Frank was going to be just a sort of apologist...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-19-2009, 04:03 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 51,330
Posted By cmonsour
Re: Percontations: Evolving Explanations for Human Nature

People who are interested in understanding Dawkins' "selfish gene" metaphor and what's at stake in how it gets cached out should really read another book of his, The Extended Phenotype. It's a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-10-2009, 02:36 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 34,393
Posted By cmonsour
Re: Bobtopia vs. Pinkestan (Robert Wright & James Pinkerton)

Jim Pinkerton is a classic example of someone who's a smart enough guy, who knows a fair amount of stuff, but who has allowed his crankish prejudices -- both moral and analytic -- to bias his...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-23-2009, 04:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,915
Posted By cmonsour
Re: The Politics of Emergency

The best Bloggingheads are always the ones between people who have the same or similar general way of thinking about the world, and interest in similar questions, but who approach those questions...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-16-2009, 04:06 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 28,321
Posted By cmonsour
Re: Agreeing to Disagree

Reading the comments here is interesting, sociologically. There is a set of people who actually have, on a daily basis, the kind of conversation that Cowen & Hanson are having here, and it's really...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-15-2009, 01:15 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 31,960
Posted By cmonsour
Re: Drug War: What Is It Good For?

This was ridiculous. Freddoso's argument amounted, more or less, to the notion that drugs must remain illegal because somebody started screaming at him on the subway once.

I am of two minds about...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-27-2008, 02:35 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 13,372
Posted By cmonsour
Re: Our Very Especial Thanksgiving Edition

The debate over whether it "matters" if a planet full of zombies gets blown up is a little labored and, it seems to me, confused. The beginning of wisdom on all such questions is to recognize that...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-17-2008, 11:11 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 28,750
Posted By cmonsour
Re: The Wonder Years

I disagree with David Frum too strongly in temperament and basic sympathies to find his arguments convincing. But I enjoyed this conversation. I remember Frum's Bloggingheads episode with Mark...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2008, 09:11 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 31,390
Posted By cmonsour
Re: The Age of Obama

I am a fan of John McWhorter -- mostly based on his truly wonderful lecture series, The Story of Human Language (http://www.teach12.com/ttcx/coursedesclong2.aspx?cid=1600), which you should all buy...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-01-2008, 03:21 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 39,009
Posted By cmonsour
Artificial Consciousness: Done

This idea that you could have a physically identical copy of a human being but except with the "consciousness" subtracted away is so ridiculous that it's hard to see how anyone takes it seriously. I...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-05-2008, 03:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 11,747
Posted By cmonsour
Re: Science Saturday: New Beliefs for a New Year

Bill Richardson is a Democrat, not a moderate Republican.
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