Tag Archives: Jonathan Haidt

Power and purity

Taboos are a major part of religious practice, across a very wide range of religious traditions. Taboos about what people can eat, wear, act, associate with, believe; the entire range of human behaviour.  Religious taboos are nicely defined as: a vehement prohibition of an action based on the belief that such behavior is either too […]

Tit for tat, or the Vicar of Bray

We are going to have to get better at managing difference, people. I learn via Catallaxy that one of the anti-gay signatories to the ‘Doctors for the Family’ senate submission has resigned from his position on Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. I carry no brief for ‘Doctors for the Family’; fellow Skeptic Chrys Stevenson […]

Your merit good is not meritorious, therefore it has been cancelled

Instead of doing, you know, actual work last night (how do I hate thee HMRC, let me count the ways), I spent quite a bit of the evening reading articles and responding to the news that new Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has cancelled (I’m not sure if that’s the right word, but never mind) the […]

A Girl Named Sue (with apologies to Johnny Cash)

There’s nothing quite like getting up first thing in the morning to discover service documents sitting in your hallway (or, if you’re in Australia or the US, poking out of your mailbox). This is what has happened to Australian political and skeptical blogger Jennifer Wilson (her blog is ‘No Place for Sheep’) yesterday. I have […]

Crowdsourcing bleg – getting lawyers to think creatively

Law is a conservative profession. There is a reason why a large number of us still dress in clothes associated with the 18th century, and it isn’t because barristers’, advocates’ and judges’ kit flatters anyone, male or female, fat or thin. It’s because, in the law, when it ain’t broke, lawyers are disinclined to fix […]