Frank Furedi, author of the forthcoming “On Tolerance: A Defence of Moral Independence”, takes to task Tariq Ramadan, who wants to bury the Enlightenment virtue of toleration and replace it with recognition. “Although Ramadan’s book is presented as a spiritual meditation on the problems of existence, it is actually an eclectic mixture of current intellectual prejudices and old-fashioned appeals to revelation and dogma. …Ramadan’s rejection of tolerance is driven by hostility towards the idea of critical judgment. But how can a ‘Quest for Meaning’ proceed without a capacity to judge? …‘Avoiding Meaning’ would perhaps have been a better title for this book.”
We could even benefit from more whataboutisms — if they’re used properly.
Sooner or later, Earth is going to be hit by a large enough space object to cause significant damage to humanity. Stopping them isn’t easy.
The recipe for a perfect date night: a rom-com, a bowl of popcorn, and a syringe of testosterone — at least for gerbils, anyway.
Short-hop regional flights could be running on batteries in a few years.
Fluphenazine, once used to treat schizophrenia, is capable of blocking a compound connected to chronic pain.