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Skepticism, Salon, and Gender Studies

James A. Lindsay and Peter Boghossian’s “Conceptual Penis” article in Cogent has split the skeptic community into two broadly opposing factions. Generally, one claims that the hoax does not prove anything except the ingrained prejudices of the authors while the other finds that it has struck a blow to the field of gender studies to […]

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My Apostasy from the Church of Critical Theory

In 1997 I earned a Masters degree in psychology from Duquesne University, a Catholic university in Pittsburgh, PA. At the time, Duquesne was one of only a few schools in the country with an emphasis in existential phenomenological psychology that was also accredited by the American Psychological Association. So, off I went. Twice a week, […]

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Culture | Media, Religion | Politics

This Is Your Brain on Ideology

PATHOLOGY: What is “ideology” and why is it bad? Like “postmodernism” or “feminism,” an ideology can have as many meanings as there are people using the term. In this article, I’m discussing the most common usage of “ideology”: the system of abstracted meaning applied to public matters. Wikipedia (at time of typing) tells us that, […]

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Review

Mumbo Jumbo Has Conquered the World

Post-truth, post-fact, post-reality. You don’t need a lengthy introduction on the state of the world. You just need to take a look around: A man who wavers between imbecile and potential despot sits in the highest office of the land; the far-Left in the academy enjoys titillating itself with concepts of postmodernity; the GOP engages in […]

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Culture | Media

The Paranoid Style of the Illiberal Campus

In 1964 historian Richard Hofstadter wrote an essay for Harper’s Magazine entitled “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” His thesis was a simple one – that American politics was “an arena for angry minds,” and that this anger often fomented “a sense of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy” among small but vocal groups of […]

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Religion | Politics

Where Now for New Atheists?

“New Atheism” is dead. This is what we are told by many people both positive and hostile to the New Atheist approach and to a large extent they are right. The conversation has moved on, at least in the West. (At the last count, the 2013 Arabic translation of The God Delusion had been downloaded […]

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The Marxist Devil and Free Speech on Campus

Jason Brennan, a philosopher at Georgetown, authored a long post the other day that presented multiple challenges to anti-speech activism on campus. The entire piece is worth reading, but I wanted to call attention to one point in particular: “Some people say we can’t ‘platform’ ideas that could be used for evil. I look forward to […]

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