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Civility on the Road

The September 14, 2014 editorial of the Inquirer about our public transportation system concluded with this statement: In civilized countries, officials do not think it beneath them to take public transport with the rest of the population. 745 more words

Academic free speech and the academy: an informative approach

Mary Margaret McCabe has a thoughtful post on free speech and civility. She argues that there is a pragmatic inconsistency in letting civility trump free speech in the academy. 265 more words

Academia

Revised Common Lectionary: When Is Enough Really Enough?

I live in an area where there are a lot of day laborers. On any given morning, you can spot them outside a home improvement store, waiting to be picked up for a job — any job. 483 more words

Tuesday Lectionary Leanings

Scienceism and Civility

History is the autobiography of a madman – Alexander Herzen

It’s very easy to attack religion. One could come at it from a judgmental angle. Religion essentially requires you to believe in a set of tenants, and if you don’t then hell or damnation is usually the alternative. 734 more words

Don't Be Rude, You Loser

By Noah Smith – In other words, civility gives an unfair advantage to bad arguments. Being polite to someone can easily be mistaken for taking their idea seriously — and many ideas simply don’t deserve to be taken seriously. 29 more words

Economy

What the World Really Needs Is...

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)

It was a taste of solipsism and a lack of empathy. They came to the door evangelizing for their church. 625 more words

Psychology

You could listen to Chancellor Wise on civility...

…or you could listen to John Maynard Keynes:

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.

H/t Paul Krugman

Education