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I say this with love: Folks in Alabama do loyalty and clan as well as anyone in America. That’s a virtue — up to a point. They would go over the falls in a barrel with George Wallace. But they hopped onto the shore when Moore asked them to strap in, and that ought to give pause to the polarizer in chief.

May I make a plea to journalists (and for that matter everyone else)? Don’t  say “folks” when you mean “white folks.” Ain’t a whole lot of black folks in Alabama would go over the falls in a barrel with George Wallace, and there are a lot of black people in Alabama. So let’s sort out our folks, shall we?

In yesterday’s election, 93% of black men and 98% — ninety-eight percent — of black women voted for Doug Jones. Meanwhile, 72% of white men and 63% of white women voted for Roy Moore — they weren’t hopping onto shore, they were riding right over the falls with their hebephile-in-chief. Now, in comparison to the previous election for that particular seat, which Jeff Sessions won with 97% of the vote, that’s some slippage. But I think we’d do well to consider than when offered a candidate — I’ll set aside for now his romantic proclivities — who when he was a judge regularly swept aside the law with contempt when it conflicted with his personal preferences, and who as a candidate openly longed for the good old days of slavery because then “families were united,” two-thirds of white voters in my home state said: That’s our man. I’m not celebrating the good  judgment of those particular “folks.”

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DVD mispelt "klan"
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In the 1982 governor's race, George Wallace won over 90% of the black vote. Alabama's history is as strange as it is disquieting.
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truly bizarro, this was after Wallace (a Democrat) survived an assassination attempt that left him permanently wheelchair bound and subsequently renounced his epicly racist views https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama_gubernatorial_election,_1982

Yes, they're still convinced Obama is a Muslim

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Yes, they're still convinced Obama is a Muslim
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Party identification determines many beliefs. One that remains a bright line between Republicans and the rest of the country is the one championed by President Trump in the years before he ran for office: Where was President Obama born? Most American adults disbelieve the claim that the former President was born in Kenya, but nearly one in three American adults say that it is definitely or probably true that he was. More Republicans – 51% – believe that to be the case.

Their leader agrees:

In recent months, they say, Mr. Trump has used closed-door conversations to question the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. He has also repeatedly claimed that he lost the popular vote last year because of widespread voter fraud, according to advisers and lawmakers.

One senator who listened as the president revived his doubts about Mr. Obama’s birth certificate chuckled on Tuesday as he recalled the conversation. The president, he said, has had a hard time letting go of his claim that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States. The senator asked not to be named to discuss private conversations.

This is crazy. 50% of Republicans believe it's either possible or it's true. I don't know how we survive as a nation with that many people being brainwashed. That represents tens of millions, not just a little handful.

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End Times Philosophy Interviews: The First 302

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[Art: Bob Dylan]

As we hit the 300 mark a couple of weeks ago I thought it might be a good idea to organise them in one place for readers who might find it useful. So here is the whole series so far. The categories used are pretty rough and ready but should help orientate people.

Epistemology, Language and Logic

1. Henrich Wansang :logics: more than one way to skin a cat…
2. Richard Heck:frege, dummett, vagueness, liars and julius caesar
3. Mark Textor: brentano’s mind, frege’s sense
4. Christopher Hitchcock causation, probability and philosophy
5. Volker Halbach on the nature of truth
6. John Turri philosophers wrong about knowledge since plato bombshell!
7. Marc Lange law
8. Bradford Skow reasons why
9. Miriam Schoenfield how rational is our rationality?
10. Berislav Marusic evidence, agency and bad faith
11. Anil Gupta against post-truth: the logical experience of knowledge, the circularity of truth etc
12. Hanoch Ben-Yam turing tests, chinese rooms, sherlock holmes, wittgensteinian vagueness and descartes
13. Sarah Moss saving wittgenstein, credence knowledge and semantics
14. Ernest Sosa the virtue epistemologist
15. Bob Hale frege and necessary beings
16. Greg Restall the logical pluralist
17. Bruno Whittle paradoxes and their logic
18. Mahrad Almotahari not and other metalinguistic stuff
19. Jose Zalabardo scepticism and early wittgenstein
20. Sara L Uckelman dynamic epistemology
21. Robert Brandom between saying and doing
22. Jeffrey King propositions, analysis and context
23. Diana Raffman unruly words
24. Penelope Maddy the stuff of proof
25. Penny Rush the metaphysics of logic
26. Margaret Cuonzo paradoxes
27. Ofra Magidor category mistakes
28. Stephen Yablo about aboutness
29. Stephen Read medieval matters
30. Pascal Engel truth, success and frank ramsey
31. Catarina Dutilh Novaes on cognitive artifacts
32. Sam Wheeler III davidson and derrida
33. Agustín Rayo absolute generality
34. Scott Soames kripke’s unfinished business
35. Peter Ludlow what the hell are we doing here ?
36. Gillian Russell a kill bill philosopher
37. Timothy Williamson modality and metaphysics
38. Paul Horwich deflationism and wittgenstein
39. Jennifer Lackey on testimony
40. Stephen R. Grimm understanding understanding
41. Robert Stalnaker the possible worlds hedgehog
42. Joel David Hamkins playing infinite chess
43. Colin McGinn brief encounter with the mysterian
44. Hilary Kornblith on reflection
45. Tim Crane mindful
46. Frances Egan meaning as gloss
47. Roy Sorensen philosophy’s madhatter
48. Herman Cappelen no intuitions no relativism
49. Ernie Lepore meaning, truth, language, reality
50. Arif Ahmed a wittgenstein kripke vertigo disturbance
51. Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra truthmaking
52. Alexis Burgess imagining god creating poppies
53. Gila Sher the place of philosophy
54. Sarah Sawyer a natural kind externalist
55. J.C. Beall spandrels of truth
56. Michael Lynch truth, reason & democracy
57. Graham Priest logically speaking
58. Jason Stanley philosophy as the great naïveté
59. Eric Schwitzgebel the splintered skeptic
60. Timothy Williamson classical investigations


61. James Grant: the critical imagination
62. Dennis Schmidt tragedy and philosophy
63. Andy Hamilton self-consciousness, aesthetics, music
64. Paul Crowther post-analytic phenomenology vs market serfdom
65. Karsten Harries heidegger, art, architecture
66. Peter Kivy apologia pro vita sua: my work in philosophy
67. Nickolas Pappas philosophy and aesthetics

Moral, Political and Legal philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion

68. Matt Lister: thinking about globalisation, immigration and refugees
69. Adina L Roskies: brains
70. Helen Frowe: understanding defensive killing
71. Fabian Wendt why compromise? why peace?
72. Fiona Woollard on doing and allowing harm
73. David Wong the pluralist
74. Justin Khoo disagreement
75. Saba Bazargan-Forward just war
76. John Broome weighing goods and people: ethics out of economics: rationality through reasoning…and climate change
77. David E Cooper the measure of things
78. John Kleinig ethics, law and politics
79. Edward Harcourt wittgenstein’s ethical enterprise and related matters
80. Ron Mallon constructing race
81. Albert Atkins peirce, pragmatism and race, racism
82. Dale Jamieson reason in our dark time
83. Samuel Scheffler death, afterlife, justice and value
84. Derrick Darby keeping it real: the colour of mind
85. Ralph Wedgwood on the nature of normativity
86. TM Scanlon what we owe each other
87. Jerry Gaus the tyranny of the ideal
88. Nomy Arpaly in praise of desire and some
89. Tina Fernades Botts philosophy and diversity
90. David Estlund who rules?
91. Ewa Binczyk the rhetoric and lethargy of the anthropocene
92. Sarah Paul how far do you have to go before it’s a crime? and other puzzles
93. Jonathan Wolff political philosophy
94. Katja Vogt the pyrrhonian skeptic
95. Torbjorn Tannsjo the hedonistic utilitarian
96. Allan Gibbard thinking how to live
97. Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek from the point of view of the universe
98. Matthew Kramer law and ethics
99. Philip Kitcher life after faith
100. Costica Bradatan why murder philosophers?
101. Lisa Herzog philosophy of markets
102. Luciano Floridi philosophy from the zettabyte
103. Chris Lebron the colour of our shame
104. Lori Gruen philosophy of captivity
105. Lorenzo Zucca towards a secular europe
106. Joseph Raz from normativity to responsibility etc
107. Rebecca Gordon saying no! to jack bauer: mainstreaming torture
108. Katrina Sifferd responsibility and punishment
109. Susannah Cornwall queer theology and sexchatology
110. Tim Mawson the rationalist theist
111. Johanna Oksala foucault’s freedom
112. George Pattison towards hope
113. John Martin Fischer deep control, death and co
114. Greg Dawes on theism and explanation
115. Steven B. Smith an east coast straussian on political philosophy
116. Ruth Chang the existentialist of hard choices
117. Jeremy Sheamur on popper and hayek
118. Clare Chambers sex, culture and justice
119. Mark Andrew Schroeder being for
120. Robert Talisse and Scott F. Aikin. epistemology and democracy
121. Stephen Darwell from the second person
122. Howard Williams kant in syria
123. Omar Dahbour ecosovereignty
124. Samir Chopra go hack yourself
125. Pamela Hieronymi forgiveness, blame, reasons…
126. John Gardner law as a leap of faith
127. Kimberley Brownlee conscience and conviction
128. Sibyl A. Schwarzenbach on civic friendship
129. Thom Brooks in search of global justice
130. Virginia Held the ethics of care
131. Jeff Malpas landscaping heidegger
132. Quentin Skinner liberty before liberalism & all that
133. Kathleen Higgins eros art wisdom
134. Ann Cahill carnal ethics
135. Jason Brennan on the ethics of voting
136. David Enoch shameless realism goes robust
137. Valerie Tiberius mostly elephant, ergo…
138. Simon Blackburn whisperer of doubt
139. Jonathan Dancy ethics without principles
140. Elizabeth Anderson the new leveller
141. Mitch Berman clearing away confusions and debris
142. Andrei Marmor the endless search for truth
143. Meir Dan-Cohen a certain distance
144. Christine Korsgaard treating people as ends in themselves
145. Cecile Fabre on the intrinsic value of each of us
146. Alan Gilbert fighting from below for recognition as human
147. Japa Pallikkathayil rethinking the formula of humanity
148. Hilde Lindemann no ethics without feminism

Continental Philosophy, Pragmaticism and Early Mods

149. Ola Sigurdson: embodiment
150. Julian Young: schopenhauer, nietzsche, heidegger: sex, death and boredom
151. Dennis Rasmussen the infidel and the professor
152. Bart Schultz the happiness philosopher
153. William Lewis the fall and rise of louis althusser
154. Alexander Nehamas nietzsche and friendship
155. Emily Thomas jerk and whoosh time
156. Kyoo Lee jazz: reading descartes otherwise
157. Cheryl Misak recalibrating pragmaticism
158. Leonard Lawler french continentals
159. Anil Gomes kant, other minds and intersecting issues…
160. Ray Brassier nihil unbound
161. Don J Garrett having cake and eating it with hume and spinoza
162. Tom Jones on pope’s philosophical poem: ‘an essay on man’
163. Rebecca Copenhaver reid’s common sense, berkeley’s vision and whether gentile’s fascism should matter more than berkeley’s slave plantation
164. Paul Russell hume’s irreligious core
165. Allen Wood kant, marx, fichte
166. Karl Ameriks kant’s historical turn
167. Andrew Huddleston nietzsche, art and the neo-hegelian commitment
168. Brian Copenhaver italian philosophy, magic and peter of spain
169. Kurt-Otto Bayertz on german materialism
170. Alison Stone hegel, irigaray, motherhood & feminist philosophy
171. Terry Pinkard the legacies of idealism
172. Felix Ó Murchadha heidegger, politics, phenomenology, religion
173. Daniel Garber history from the early modern philosophers
174. David James fichte and rousseau
175. Dalia Nassar on the romantic absolute
176. Paul Lodge leibniz: strange monads, esoteric harmony and love
177. Jeffrey K. McDonough leibniz, berkeley, kant, frege; bees, toasters and julius caesar
178. Erica Benner the ethical machiavelli
179. Anthony Gottlieb dreams of reason
180. Tom Eyers lacan and french post-rationalism
181. Andrew Bowie schelling, adorno and all that jazz
182. Lisa Downing early mod philosophy
183. Cecelia Watson on william james and john la farge
184. Ken Gemes on the tragedy of life
185. Brian O’Connor adorno’s negative dialectic and so on
186. Fred Rush idealism and critical theory
187. Alison Assiter kierkegaardian
188. Taylor Carman mature: heidegger and merleau-ponty
189. Todd May the poststructural anarchist
190. Steven Nadler books forged in hell etc
191. David Bakhurst soviet philosophy and then some
192. Gordon Finlayson habermas, adorno, politics
193. C.G. Prado dangerously frank
194. Gary Gutting what philosophers know
195. John Haldane aquinas amongst the analytics
196. Jessica Berry a pyrrhonian nietzschean stakeout
197. Richard Moran keeping sartre, and other passions
198. Frederick Beiser diotima’s child
199. Ursula Renz after spinoza: wiser, freer, happier
200. Lee Braver on heidegger, wittgenstein, derrida
201. Robert Stern hegel’s modest metaphysician
202. Katerina Deligiorgi our complex, difficult & fragile enlightenments
203. Eli Friedlander awakening benjamin
204. Jeffrey Bell philosophy at the edge of chaos
205. Brian Leiter leiter reports

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Action

206. Katalin Farkas internalism and descartes’ demon and stuff
207. Jan Slaby against empathy and other philosophical beefs
208. Marya Schechtman the constitution of selves: locke and the person led view
209. Barbara Gail Montero thought in action, panpsychism (and not using the f-word)
210. Mohan Matthen on perception, aesthetics etc etc
211. Dan Robinson keeping the manifest image in mind
212. Jonathan Cohen colour
213. Margherita Arcangeli imagination supposition, imagine
214. Thomas K Metzinger all about the ego tunnel
215. Eric Steinhart digital ghosts
216. Berit Brogaard truth, knowability, mind and romantic love
217. Kathinka Evers neuroethics
218. Joelle Proust metacognition
219. Evan Thompson waking, dreaming, being
220. Alvin Goldman thinking about mindreading, mirroring and embedded cognition et al…
221. Susan Schneider mental lives and fodor’s lot
222. Elizabeth Camp metaphors and minds
223. Susanna Schellenberg epistemic forces and perception
224. Susanna Siegel phenomenology never goes out of date
225. Edouard Machery without concepts
226. Anne Jaap Jacobson the neurofeminist
227. Jerry Fodor meaningful words without sense, & other revolutions
228. Richard Brown shombies vs zombies
229. Pete Mandik brain hammer
230. Mark Rowlands hour of the wolf
231. Kieran Setiya what anscombe intended & other puzzles
232. Alfred Mele the four million dollar philosopher
233. Roger Teichmann ninety-four pages & then some
234. Peter Carruthers mind reader

Metaphysics, Philosophy of science

235. Shan Gao: does god play dice?
236. Bas C van Frassen how to talk about empiricism
237. Michail Peramatzis aristotelian metaphysics
238. Barry Loewer descrying the world of physics
239. A.W. Moore modern metaphysics – the analytic/continental mix
240. Roman Alshuler time and the philosophy of action
241. Peter Lewis why philosophy of quantum mechanics is more important than that of poached eggs
242. Maria Kronfeldner darwinian creativity, memetics and some
243. James Marcum kuhn’s science and does medicine really care about patients?
244. Jessica Leech what kind of a fact is a flying pig for kant? and things like that
245. Elliot Sober from a biological point of view, and then some
246. Chiara Lisciandra robust
247. Tim Lewens evolution, bioethics and human nature
248. Michael Strevens bigger than chaos
249. Tuomas E Tahko necessary metaphysics
250. Joshua Mozersky time, language, ontology
251. Bana Bashour naturalism’s final causes
252. Richard Healey how pragmatism reconciles quantum mechanics with relativity etc
253. Roberto Casati what’s a hole made of and other enigmas
254. Markus Gabriel why the world does not exist but unicorns do
255. Jonathan Birch darwinian conundrums
256. Stathis Psillos philosophy of science
257. Stephan Kraemer on what there is for things to be
258. Friederike Moltmann parts, wholes, abstracts, tropes and ontology
259. Anna Marmodoro powers, aristotle and the incarnation
260. Richard Dawid string theory and post-empiricism
261. Thomas Sattig the double life of objects
262. Alastair Wilson multiverses and sleeping beauty
263. Peter Godfrey-Smith philosophy of biology
264. Frank Jackson mary’s room and stuff
265. Daniel Stoljar epistemic consciousness
266. Massimo Pigliucci rationally speaking
267. L.A. Paul metaphysical
268. Sean Carroll philosophy from the preposterous universe
269. Alex Rosenberg the mad dog naturalist
270. Tim Maudlin on the foundations of physics
271. Amie L. Thomasson on the reality of sherlock holmes etc
272. Jonathan Bain philosophy and physics
273. Daniel Dennett intuition pumping
274. Rebecca Kukla the relentless naturalist
275. David Papineau physical
276. E.J. Lowe metaphysical foundations for science
277. Stephen Mumford hidden powers
278. John Heil the universe as we find it
279. Gary Kemp on the weightlessness of reality
280. Michae Tye thinking fish & zombie caterpillars
281. Huw Price without mirrors
282. Scott Berman the platonist
283. Craig Callender time lord
284. Eric Olson the philosopher with no hands
285. Patricia Churchland causal machines
286. Kit Fine metaphysical kit

Ancient Philosophy

287. Gail Judith Fine all you wanted to know about plato on meno’s paradox, and other gems
288. Catherine Wilson epicureanism, early mods and the moral animal
289. Brooke Holmes philosophical frontiers of ancient science
290. Iakovos Vasiliou plato aims at virtue
291. Richard Kraut against absolute goodness
292. David Roochnik arcadian wisdom


293. Peter Sjostedt-H the noumenaut: psychedelics and philosophy

Non Western Philosophy

294. Jay L. Garfield buddhist howls
295. Jonardon Ganeri artha: india: philosophy
296. Nicolas Bommarito buddhist ethics

Experimental Philosophy

297. Joshua Alexander cosmo x-phi
298. Chris Weigel x-phi is here to stay
299. Bryony Pierce panabstractism crashes xphi (maybe)
300. Claire White mourning becomes a lecturer
301. Josh Knobe indie rock virtues
302. Eddy Nahmias questioning willusionism

Richard Marshall is still biding his time.

Buy his new book here or his first book here to keep him biding!

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Slow down! Here’s how the speed and structure of Twitter have made it harder to think

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How to Think, a new book from Baylor University professor Alan Jacobs, is very much of the times. In it, Jacobs examines the forces — both mental and technological — that conspire to make it easier for people to dig into their positions, to make it harder to understand opposing viewpoints. One big culprit? Human laziness.

“For me, the fundamental problem may best be described as an orientation of the will: We suffer from a settled determination to avoid thinking,” Jacobs writes. “Relatively few people want to think. Thinking troubles us; thinking tires us. Thinking can force us out of familiar comforting habits.”

Jacobs, who wrote the book during last year’s presidential campaign, said that the idea was born after conversations he had with U.K. friends about Brexit, which he said was “marked by a lot of mutual incomprehension, a lot of hostility, a sense that if you’re on the other side from me on an issue, then there is a gulf between you and I that just cannot be crossed.” That sounds a lot like 2017.

I spoke to Jacobs about social media’s effect on thinking, the role of news organizations, and why he longs for the resurgence of RSS. Our conversation been edited for length and clarity.

Bilton: Is there a better way for news organizations to operate in this world? We’ve covered anti-filter-bubble tools such as the new one from The Washington Post, which offers opinion pieces with opposing viewpoints. It’s a fine idea, but just because you create something like that doesn’t mean anyone is going to use it. If you’re a news organization that fundamentally believes your role is to make civil discourse better, what can you do? Is there an ideal tool?

Jacobs: I think that a superb tool is already out there — I just don’t know how make people use it: It’s called RSS.

I love RSS, and I loved it even before Google Reader was a thing. With RSS, everything I see there, I see the context of medium-to longform posts and articles, something that’s going to take me a few minutes to read. When I see those same articles on Twitter, what I’m seeing is this kind of bulletpoint version surrounded by many other bulletpoint versions of other things.

What happens is that when people access what you’re doing on Twitter, what they’re getting is a reduced and oversimplified version. We all know that, if you post something that links to a long article, people will respond to your tweet without reading the article.

I know this is utopian, but I would love to see news organizations say, “if you want to follow us on Twitter, great, but we have an RSS feed that gives you a deeper understanding of what’s going on.” Granted, most people don’t want that. They want the bullet points. But I think that if you can nudge people towards RSS, you’d be nudging them towards a tool that has different and better affordances and fewer perverse incentives. It’s utopian, as I said, but I’m not going to give up on RSS.

Bilton: I think a lot of people will come to your book looking for something that’s focused entirely on giving readers actionable ways to improve their critical thinking skills. That’s not what the book is, ultimately, but you do have a checklist at the end of the book that offers techniques readers can use. Of those, which do you think is easiest for people to implement?

Jacobs: I don’t think there’s any question about it: “Give it five minutes.” If people don’t take anything else away from the entire book, it should be that. Every incredibly regrettable thing that I have said on social media, I have said within the first five minutes of something showing up. I would feel a lot better about my history as a social media user if I had had a five-minute delay. And I think Twitter would be doing a great service to humanity if they put a five-minute timer on tweets before people could respond to them. Of course, they won’t do that.

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When America aspired to be first in the arts as well as war
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Will Cotton. Frosting Flowers, 2013.

Oil on linen.

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