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Politeia

Do We Have a Right to Discriminate?

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over 4 years ago

When pressed, Rand Paul now says that he would have voted for the Civil Rights Act. But Paul, who just won the Republican nomination for Senate in Kentucky, does have a problem with the provision that makes it crime for private businesses to discriminate against on the basis of race. Private ...

Daylight Atheism

Spread the Good News

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over 4 years ago

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie) Two rather interesting and welcome stories have hit the headlines in as many days that I thought I'd bring up here. The first bit of news is that from next week, for the first time, an abortion advisory service is to screen an advert on TV in Britain. Centred ...

Cue the Future

Obama’s missed legacy

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over 4 years ago

I’m a big fan of Obama, and have publicly supported him on this blog several times. I think, by in large, he’s done a great job of managing the presidency and engaging in traditional politics — which is, in my opinion, his biggest (and most annoying) failure. Obama stopped mobilizing his ...

Hybrid Reality

The Evolution of Technology

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over 4 years ago

Every baby born today in the Western world has a life expectancy of about 100 years, which means it will be alive in 2110. It’s nearly impossible to forecast in detail life in 2110. However, what we can venture to guess based on current trends is that humans will still populate the planet, as will ...

IdeaFeed

Artificial Life

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over 4 years ago

An American biologist, Craig Venter, is making waves after creating the first self-replicating cell whose DNA is synthetic; immediate uses could include synthetic vaccines and biofuels. "Venter himself maintains that he has not created life . 'We've created the first synthetic cell,' he says. 'We ...

IdeaFeed

Drawing Mohammad

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over 4 years ago

Husna Haq at The CSM explains why she is and other Muslims are so offended by depictions of Mohammad and why it's no surprise Pakistan has banned Facebook for the rest of May. "In Islam, as in Judaism, iconography is prohibited out of fear that creating images of sacred figures could lead to ...

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Social Voyeurs

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over 4 years ago

While Facebook and Google have come under recent attack for alleged violations of privacy, enforcement of existing laws should be prioritized over new regulation, writes the Economist. "Danah Boyd, a social-networking expert, has even argued that Facebook, with its hordes of members around the world ...

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Criminal Accomplices?

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over 4 years ago

Ayaan Hirsi Ali thinks the American Academy of Pediatrics' proposal to aid in female genital mutilation gives tacit support to a practice which should be condemned outright. "The pediatricians say that 'it might be more effective if federal and state laws enabled pediatricians to reach out to ...