Showing posts from June, 2015

Mass Murder

I'm sure most of you are aware of the recent shooting in Charleston SC, in which a white man motivated by racial hatred killed 9 black people. Predictably, many people are using this event to promote their political agendas. Some are using it to promote the view that white racism against blacks is a major problem in the US. Some are using it to promote gun control. Some are using it to promote censorship of beliefs they don't like. Some are using it to promote hatred against whites. It is always a fallacy to infer from an isolated incident to a general conclusion. Isolated incidents tell us nothing about the way things generally are. They are anomalies. Sometimes people see a pattern, real or imagined, in isolated incidents such as mass shootings. For example, one slogan says "Why is it always a white guy?", circulating with a picture of some famous white mass killers. The intended message is something like "Whites are evil" or "Mass killings are

Contra Roosh V. on Evolution

This is a response to a post by Roosh V:  The Theory of Evolution Does Not Apply to Modern Human Beings . I quote extensively from his post. He, in turn, quotes from a book by David Stove, called “Darwinian Fairytales”. I will not attempt to identify which passages he wrote himself versus those he quotes from the book. I respond to everything as if Roosh said it. If you want to know which quotes are from Stove’s book, please see Roosh’s article. This is not a personal attack on Roosh. I have nothing against him, and I like the fact that he is thinking about these issues. Roosh is an intelligent guy who is right about a lot of things. He is, however, very wrong about evolution. I’ll begin with his opening paragraph: I know your blood is already boiling from reading the headline above and that your intellectual self-defense mechanisms have been activated to refute all ideas you are about to encounter henceforth, but make yourself a cup of tea, relax, and consider the f