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On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears by Stephen T. Asma

Monster derives from the Latin word monstrum, which in turn derives from the root monere (to warn). To be a monster is to be an omen. 477 more words


Pigliucci and Boudry rebuke alternative medicine, praise science, in New York Times

by Greg Mayer

A little over a week ago Jerry noted a puzzling piece on the New York Times website by Stephen Asma that praised the theory of “Qi” and drinking turtle blood as interesting and worthwhile concepts. 298 more words


Scaring Us is Not Enough

I recently read Stephen Asma’s ON MONSTERS: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY OF OUR WORST FEARS. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. Asma’s book not only provides a history of monsters, but discusses the reasons we need monsters; the role monsters play in society. 257 more words

Speculative Fiction

On Stephen Asma's Crude Particularism

Philosopher Stephen Asma makes thefollowing provocative argument. Pace the common view that impartial fairness is the superior moral imperative, we all, in fact, play favourites. And that, apparently, is a good thing, since impartialist morality is false. 716 more words

Book Reviews

Stephen Asma, philosopher, on why we can’t love all humankind.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” so demands the Bible. And certainly, putting religion aside, most of us feel a moral obligation to care about others, even strangers. 1,452 more words


“When there is no next world, then this world becomes holy.”

 – Stephen Asma

No Longer At Ease in America

In Chinua Achebe’s second novel, No Longer At Ease, the main character ends up taking bribes. He excuses himself by arguing to himself that the people given favor are all qualified… the son of the man in the following passage is already on the short list for a scholarship: 864 more words