Tea Party Patriots demonstrating in Washington, D.C.
While we watch revolutions for political democracy in Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, we are distracted from thinking about the revolution aimed at economic democracy growing in the United States. This revolution, symbolized by the Tea Party, is leading a growing demand for restructuring the taxation and spending habits . . . → Read More: The Tea Party Revolution in the United States
Abstract: Wikileaks has created turmoil because people line up on different sides, seeing things in black and white, either championing transparency and making Assange a modern hero, or championing security and demanding his head on a plate. But these reactions fail to see that good governance requires the appropriate balance of principles.
The Wikileaks website . . . → Read More: Wikileaks and the Balance of Political Principles
Abstract: Science is the coin of the realm, the gold standard in the battle for truth. But using fact and reason as proxies for discussing values tends to obfuscate fact, reason and science and make of them rhetorical weapons. We all would be better served if we discussed values in a more straightforward manner, instead . . . → Read More: Lizard Brains and the poverty of public discourse: When science and the rational are abused by political designs
Abstract: Religion Dispatches published the Michael Ruse review of The Moral Landscape: How Science can determine Human Values, by Sam Harris, Free Press (2010).
This review is especially important to the values in knowledge movement insofar as the harmonization of values and information is regarded by this community as vital to meeting contemporary human challenges. . . . → Read More: The End of Faith
Abstract: Advances in genetic science is one of the most exciting developments of our time. There arises from this great hope to cure many crippling maladies whose quiddities have eluded us so far. But, so long as these advances occur in an environment of scientism and materialist reductionism, progress in the study of genetics will . . . → Read More: Materialism and genetics
Abstract: Many are fed up with today’s partisanship in politics, but it is not the partisanship which is new. While partisan politics has always divided us, our civil society rooted in the American civil religion is what served to unite us as a nation and forge a disparate collection of immigrants into a people. It . . . → Read More: Whatever happened to public service, or One Nation, Under God, indivisible?
Abstract: Profiling and stereotyping are part of what it is to be human. Our brains and language operate by classifying others, and things. It is the way we organize knowledge. However, such classifications also can have strong side effects when they get attached to cultural histories that involve violence of one group against another. The . . . → Read More: Juan Williams, Ibrahim Hooper, Vivian Schiller, Profiling, and Values
Abstract: The postmodern emphasis on information and transparency, rather than values, leads to a new form of exploitation and fraud through “information power” based on complicated laws, contracts, and fine print. Not only have government regulations failed to protect people from exploitative clauses in fine print, but unscrupulous governments use complicated laws they do not . . . → Read More: Fine Print, Disclosure, Fraud, and Exploitation in a Postmodern World