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by Luke Muehlhauser on August 27, 2010 in News

Words of wisdom: “The truth shall set you free, but it’s gonna make you miserable first.” – Glenn Beck. That’s my story, anyway.

Moral philosophers and non-philosophers have pretty much the same moral opinions, except when it comes to eating meat. 81% of non-philosophers think it’s okay to eat meat, but only 40% of moral philosophers think it’s okay.

The Christian Post: 1 in 8 living Americans (38 million people) have deconverted from Christianity. The “recently deconverted” is a huge demographic.

The Humanist interviews porn star Nina Hartley about science, atheism, ethics, porn, and feminism.

A quick survey of theories on why religion exists.

You know I still update the debates page, right?

Onion: TIME Announces New Version of Magazine Aimed at Adults.

Fidel Castro has a blog.

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Bill Maher August 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm

the man who wrote Time’s “most influential people” article for Glenn Beck referred to him as a history buff. As an aspiring historian, this caused me to throw up in my mouth a little bit. He is, just like radical Afro-centrists and holocaust deniers, a pseudo-historian.

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CJ August 28, 2010 at 2:42 am

Have you written on Monsanto before, or are you just getting your title from the link? It seems to me that Monsanto has been unfairly criticized in large parts of the media. It isn’t perfect. For example, it has a bad track record of going after people who don’t save seed, which is a genuine ethical concern, especially for poor farmers.

On the other hand, most of the attacks focus on the so-called terminator gene, which never went into production and effectively exists in all currently hybridized plants. The others seem to focus on some angst about GMOs, which seems to be built entirely around the naturalistic fallacy and overblown concerns about some genetically modified plant escaping fields and taking over the environment. There will be volunteer plants, just like any other crop, but it isn’t likely for a genetically modified plant to have any special advantage over the local wildlife.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_pollution

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Alex August 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm

For your next News Bits: J.P. Moreland lookalike spotted at Glenn Beck’s D.C. event yesterday :)

http://gawker.com/5624782/the-mystery-of-weird-racist-t+shirt-guy?skyline=true&s=i

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Ajayraju August 29, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Here is what i posted on that site about vegetarians and meat eaters etc. Would love to know what u think:
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I think an interesting question could be as follows:

You may feel that eating meat is morally wrong but you do it anyway as u cant live without its taste or dont care that much about it to give it up.

But what about if your friend or or someone you go out for lunch with is giving it up? Do you feel happy that he is giving it up because it is a morally right and therefore less animals are being suffering even though you yourself cant give it up?

Or do you feel disappointed that he is giving up as you dont have company anymore? Or do you maybe feel guilty about not giving it up while he is doing so and prefer if he doesnt give it up as well so that u can feel less guilty?

In any case, in my experience (I am a vegetarian), most of my friends encourage me to start eating meat and they get very happy when a vegetarian converts into a meat eater.

The above often puzzles me as to why someone would want the other to pursue a more morally wronger option (however small it is) even though it doesnt affect them at all.

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ildi August 30, 2010 at 6:13 pm

In any case, in my experience (I am a vegetarian), most of my friends encourage me to start eating meat and they get very happy when a vegetarian converts into a meat eater.

Maybe your friends are just immature assholes playing at dominance games?

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