Disagreeing with “How to Disagree”

This is cross-posted from my scratchpad, Maybe Days. A visual representation of Paul Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement, also called the Argument Pyramid. Each layer in the pyramid can also be referred to as a numbered Disagreement Hierarchy level. For example, name-calling is sometimes referred to as DH1, while refutation is sometimes referred to as DH6. […]

What if the Ten Commandments were affirmative instead of negative?

Of the Ten Commandments, only 3 are phrased in the affirmative. The other 7 are phrased as negatives. Why? Doesn’t that seem kind of oppressive to anyone else? Here’s the Ten Commandments as listed on Wikipedia: I am the Lord your God You shall not make for yourself an idol You shall not make wrongful […]

My tax dollars hard at…play?

The government’s admission: Millions of dollars that are supposed to fight terror are actually going to the very worst kind of pork barrel programs. Meanwhile, many real homeland security needs – like those in New York City – remain unmet. Unfortuantely, this is usually what happens in any large organization. Money is budgeted, then siphoned […]

Late-Night Randomness

Randomness: College is a business, not an educational institution. Scientists love porn. According to one legend, Apple Computers is named Apple Computers because: It was the favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the […]