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A Tippling Philosopher

April 13, 2021 April 13, 2021 By Jonathan MS Pearce 0 Comments

You know my position on commenting, and many of you lament my lax approach. As I have said many times before, I hope that this allows for reasonable freedom of speech in such a way that people are hoist by their own petard. The flipside is that we often get hit by trolls who comment, well, trollishly. And when this happens, many good people respond in kind. But this then has the tendency to descend into a tennis match of… 

April 12, 2021 April 12, 2021 By Bert Bigelow 0 Comments

The latest election saw an uptick in support for Trump by labor unions and minorities who agreed with his anti-immigration stance. A growing number of both groups are adamantly opposed to immigration. Many immigrants are young people with few job skills, so they flood the bottom of the labor market for unskilled or low skill jobs that require little training. Many of these jobs are in manufacturing where unions still have some clout, and they see the threat to their… 

April 12, 2021 April 12, 2021 By Jonathan MS Pearce 0 Comments

Here is the interview I have just had with Andy Hall of Laughing in Disbelief, discussing my new book The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story [UK]: Enjoy.     Stay in touch! Like A Tippling Philosopher on Facebook: A Tippling Philosopher You can also buy me a cuppa. Or buy some of my awesome ATP merchandise! Please… It justifies me continuing to do this! 

April 12, 2021 April 12, 2021 By Jonathan MS Pearce 0 Comments

Fellow Patheoser Andy Hall is interviewing me about my latest book, The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story [UK]. This is taking place at 7 am EST, or 12 pm BST, UK time. The YouTube streaming link is here: Be there or be square.   Stay in touch! Like A Tippling Philosopher on Facebook: A Tippling Philosopher You can also buy me a cuppa. Or buy some of my awesome ATP merchandise! Please… It justifies me continuing to do this! 

April 11, 2021 April 11, 2021 By Jonathan MS Pearce 0 Comments

You could be mistaken for thinking that this post was about free will. It can be, but I am more concerned with the general idea of causality in the context of Derek Chauvin’s court case to decide whether the death of George Floyd was homicide or not. Let me first introduce you to or remind you of the philosopher JL Mackie and his INUS conditions of causality. He was interested in what was taking place when effects had a plurality of causes. Let us take… 

April 10, 2021 April 10, 2021 By Jonathan MS Pearce 0 Comments

The far-right can easily be associated with Christian fundamentalism. This can be seen in many contexts, from the Ku Klux Klan to the Proud Boys and this latest example of fundraising. I say “latest” because, last year, Christians raised inordinate amounts of money for right-w9ing shooter Kyle Rittenhouse. The Guardian reports: A data breach from Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo has revealed that millions of dollars have been raised on the site for far-right causes and groups, many of whom are… 

April 10, 2021 April 10, 2021 By Jonathan MS Pearce 0 Comments

Bert recently contributed a piece the other day discussing how religion can get its grasping talons to exert their painful pressure on adherents lives from birth to death. Juniper, in the comment thread, had this set of personal accounts to add to Bert’s piece, reposted with kind permission: “A woman’s body is just a receptacle to them.” My (estranged) parents are extremist anti-choicers. We went to dozens (hundreds?) of anti-choice protests. One of my earliest memories is of standing next… 

April 9, 2021 April 9, 2021 By Jonathan MS Pearce 0 Comments

Personally, Amazon worries me, but I need it and use it, though I am trying to minimise my use. I could bore you with how they are seeking to monopolise book publishing services, enabled with their algorithms, to the detriment of competitors. I could bore you talking about ebook monopolisation. We could also talk about how they are essentially controlling large swathes of the internet with their AWS (Amazon Web Services). In this video (I am a big fan of… 

April 8, 2021 April 8, 2021 By Bert Bigelow 0 Comments

No, I am not worried about the orange-haired crotch groper coming after me. I want to talk about how organized religion insists on inserting itself into everyone’s privates…er…private lives. It starts before birth and doesn’t end until after death. Religion is a life sentence. Religious leaders want to examine everything you do, filtering their views through their faith-colored glasses. Starting in the uterus, when a human fetus is a tiny brainless worm, they insist that women don’t have the right… 

April 8, 2021 April 8, 2021 By Jonathan MS Pearce 0 Comments

I’m just finishing a book that I have previously declared as one of the most important books I have ever read, even though at the time I had not finished it! I still very much believe this. The book is Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century [UK] and it is that glorious intersection of philosophy with pragmatic reality such that it is a good example of applied philosophy. I love the scope of Harari’s writing as it winds its way from philosophy… 


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