This Week In Comments: June 19th—25th

Every week, we do a little round-up of comments from the Big Think Facebook. Here's some of the more intriguing ones of the week. 

Every week, we do a little round-up of comments from the Big Think Facebook. Here's some of the more intriguing ones of the week. 


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Why would Stephen Hawking's political opinions be any more important than anyone else's? He's good with gravity and black holes. Have there been any articles like: "Bob, the bus station janitor, is concerned about the rise of Populism"?

Tom Jenson, Natalie Shoemaker's article Stephen Hawking Says We're at a "Dangerous Moment" in History.
(Editor's note: No, there has not)  

Philosophy is invaluable as a perspective enhancer and a moral challenger.

Scott Crofford, Paul Ratner's article Why Silicon Valley Titans Learn & Recommend Philosophy.  

This whole comment section proves this statement right. Looking even beyond the left being on the side of morality relative to Deplorables, it's just flat out insane to act like this statement doesn't jive. Everybody's addicted to knee-jerk emotionalism and shutting out the other side on every single issue no matter what. Insulting Trump supporters, as satisfying as it is, just serves to feed their sense of righteous indignation. They're being what they are is as much a part of being victimized as every issue the left holds to heart. There is no party of reasoned discourse and compassion.

Ryan Carroll, on Dan Shapiro's Why We Start Emotionally Charged Fights, and How to Rise above Them.

There have been citizens with guns at shooting incidents and police with guns people still died. Banks still get robbed even with armed guards. Armored trucks get robbed. It stops when sensible gun laws are passed. More guns is not the answer it's the problem.

Donna Edwards, on Jesse Ventura's video about gun control. 

We're smart? We are like idiot savants! Sure we are good at math and science we can do space travel. But when it comes to the really important things like protecting the environment that keeps us alive, like putting people in charge that don't even remotely have our best interest at heart. We do some incredibly stupid things as well! Not so sure we're gonna make it! In our history all previous advanced civilizations have disappeared. It's only arrogance that makes us think we are any different.

John Call, on Paul Ratner's What Really Makes Humans Smart.  

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