“I like him personally; we have a different view on this.” I heard this on NPR today. A congressman said it about another congressman, each of whom was interviewed about the situation between the US and Iran. It’s a great example of classical tolerance: egalitarianism toward persons, and elitism toward ideas. Congressman A made a … Continue reading What do we mean by “tolerance”?
Did you watch Mister Rogers' Neighborhood when you were a kid? I watched it a bit, but now I wished I had watched it more. I say that, now that I know more about Fred Rogers. We watched the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? at a recent meetup with The Thinkery in Vancouver. We all were … Continue reading What did Mr. Rogers think about?
"How much coffee can I get for 57 cents?" My table was within eavesdropping distance of the cafe's counter. The scene was Coffee Revolution in Vancouver, WA, where The Thinkery meetup community often gathers. As I bustled around while my tea was steeping, readying my table for the group that was about to arrive, I overheard the … Continue reading Just $1 for all that?!
He bought some poster board, a thick black marker, and a roll of tape. He wrote three words, put the cap back on the marker, and taped the sign to his window for all the world to see. "No gays allowed" From that moment on, it was clear that some of his neighbors were not … Continue reading “No gays allowed”
"I guess they finally figured out that it only takes one man to do the job of two women.” A rolling pin "is useful for making pie crusts or for keeping wayward wives in line”. “Whatever men do they must do twice as well as women to be thought half as good. Luckily this is … Continue reading Does this achieve gender equality?
What the world needs now ... people who freely exchange ideas in an atmosphere of truth and respect people who value substance over trifles people who remember history’s evils and build on its virtues people who know what’s going on in the world today and understand what it means for tomorrow people who consider others … Continue reading What is The Thinkery?
"I am thrilled about Bill Cosby being convicted." That's just one of the many happy tweets I've seen the last couple of days. There's so much joy out there! Some are "in celebration", with one merrymaker attaching multiple tears-of-joy emojis to his tweet about the prospect of Bill Cosby dying in prison. Cosby was convicted on three … Continue reading What you think of Bill Cosby matters
Everyone but a small handful of evil people agree that school shootings are horrific and that we should seek to stop them. The disagreement is about how we should seek to stop them. Yet, from the tone of much of the debate, you'd think we're not in agreement on the first point. This is not … Continue reading 99.9% agree about school shootings