Consider, Reconsider

A Reason to Think, and Think Again

Should We Care if Our Species Becomes Extinct?

Should we care if our species becomes extinct? I don't mean should we try to avoid it from happening tomorrow. I mean if (when) the earth becomes no longer suitable for life, the backup plan seems to be to colonize other worlds. This TED talk suggests that to do so,...

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Before the Election, We’ve Already Voted

{Facebook post by Ryan S Bonnett, published here with permission} Hi everyone. It's going to be a rough few days as the election nears, so I figured we could have one, last, civil conversation about the whole thing. Mostly, I wanted to talk about how we got here. Just...

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The Rewards and Punishments of Clear Thinking

Sometimes I feel that the only assured reward for clear thinking is frustration. It is fruitful to you when you practice it, but will generally go unappreciated and thrown in the dung heap with every other opinion. People only care if you agree or not, and not...

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball, Not the Sidelines

I get that most people don't have in-depth knowledge of geopolitics or can make connections across multiple sources of information, but why can't the press at least TRY? For me, I feel most of the time that I'm watching a game and the commentators only talk about the...

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Polls

Which do you believe regarding voting for "the lesser of two evils"?

  • One candidate is not really evil compared to the other, so it's not a hard choice (50%, 2 Votes)
  • I will not vote for evil even if one of them will win anyway (50%, 2 Votes)
  • A "protest vote" counts, even if not affecting the outcome (50%, 2 Votes)
  • A third party would probably win if people did not assume they could not (25%, 1 Votes)
  • Defeating the greater evil is more important than voting for someone I want (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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The Harm of a Wrong-Woman President

People need to stop pretending that Hillary Clinton breaking some "glass ceiling" is a good thing. More than a stadium of people are in tears over the prospect as if it is the fulfillment of feminist prophecy or destiny. That's fair enough to feel that way, larger...

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We Got the Electoral College All Wrong

{Posted on Facebook, 27 July 2016} I'm tired of people thinking the Electoral College is the problem. The people are the problem and the Electoral College is a small measure meant to protect us from our collective selves. Think about it. Regardless of what side you...

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Cop Season? Citizen Season?

{Posted to Facebook, slightly edited here, with the following caveat: I'm going to say something tough to hear for many people. If you think the following means I condone cop-killing or excuse police brutality, you're too dumb to be missed in my wall feed when you...

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There Shouldn’t Be Two Sides Over Guns

{Facebook post by Ryan S Bonnett, published here with permission} Since the Orlando massacre, my feed has been a blur. I'm sure yours has, too. Mental health, Islam, issues facing the gay community, and guns. I just wanted to take a moment to talk about the last one....

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Powell vs. Clinton? Let Facts and Reason Speak

Someone brought to my attention -- via the usual questionable memes on Facebook -- an accusation that Clinton's email scandal was invalid or overplayed because other secretaries of state, Colin Powell and Condaleeza Rice, also used private email. A quick check brought...

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What the Bathroom Issue is REALLY About

I'm seeing a lot of attempts to simplify what people feel is appropriate bathroom use, right down to vagina = women's room / penis = men's room. But even if sex = gender (which it doesn't), who's going to check people before they go to the bathroom? Are we really...

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Intolerant of Intolerance?

In a LinkedIn discussion on the allowance of extremist thinking, I suggested a line be drawn in terms of intolerance as a determining factor of clearly undesirable extremism. Why? Extremism is NOT hard to qualify. The line drawn between belief and fanaticism is when...

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Socialism is Dead; Long Live Socialism

Many videos and articles I've seen in the last few years are a sudden, scary re-branding of a political economic system with otherwise well-known seriously dangerous implications. It's like we forgot what it means now that a post-Berlin Wall generation is grown and...

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Republican Jesus Dissected

Every now and then I come across an effort to compare of contrast the scriptural teachings of Jesus of Nazareth with this or that political party or ideology. One such meme pits things like "Feed the Hungry" versus "Cut Food Stamp Benefits" and "Care for the Sick"...

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Ethnicity: Social Identity or Chosen Identity?

Just got off Skype, being in a live discussion on BBC World radio on the topic of ethnicity as a choice. The topic was raised because of the controversy over the race of the head of an NAACP chapter, and someone across the pond came across my article "Ethnicity is a...

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