Open Thread: Complaints and Grievances
So, we've had a couple of days to settle in and kick the tires, and my move to Big Think is now complete.
As I said I'd do earlier, www.daylightatheism.org now redirects to this site. My old site is now an archive, but it's still up and all the permalinks to past posts will continue to work. If you want to see the archive site's front page, go to www.daylightatheism.org/archive. The RSS feed has also been redirected, so if you were subscribed before, you should start seeing articles from the new site in your feed without having to do anything.
If you have any bug reports, complaints or other feedback about the new site (and I know there have been complaints!), please post them here. (Important note: If you're viewing this on the blog's front page and can't figure out where to comment, click on the post title, and it will bring to you a single-post page where you can see the Disqus comments section.) I don't have full control over the layout the way I used to, but I'll bring your feedback to the management, and anything that can reasonably be fixed, I'll try to get fixed.
So far, the number-one complaint is the way that single posts are broken up into pages, which I myself find very annoying. I've already been told that they're working on a change that will allow me to set a single-page viewing option.
The Russian-built FEDOR was launched on a mission to help ISS astronauts.
Most people think human extinction would be bad. These people aren't philosophers.
- A new opinion piece in The New York Times argues that humanity is so horrible to other forms of life that our extinction wouldn't be all that bad, morally speaking.
- The author, Dr. Todd May, is a philosopher who is known for advising the writers of The Good Place.
- The idea of human extinction is a big one, with lots of disagreement on its moral value.
Picking up where we left off a year ago, a conversation about the homeostatic imperative as it plays out in everything from bacteria to pharmaceutical companies—and how the marvelous apparatus of the human mind also gets us into all kinds of trouble.
- "Prior to nervous systems: no mind, no consciousness, no intention in the full sense of the term. After nervous systems, gradually we ascend to this possibility of having to this possibility of having minds, having consciousness, and having reasoning that allows us to arrive at some of these very interesting decisions."
- "We are fragile culturally and socially…but life is fragile to begin with. All that it takes is a little bit of bad luck in the management of those supports, and you're cooked…you can actually be cooked—with global warming!"