A Lack of Critical Thought

A Lack of Critical Thought

Critical Thinking is the subject of devising and evaluating arguments using logic [1].  Arguments, in this context, doesn't mean people yelling at each other.  Instead, an argument is a set of premises followed by logical inferences that finishes with a conclusion.  If the premises are incorrect or the logical inferences are fallacious then the argument … Continue reading A Lack of Critical Thought

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The Implications of Human Rights

The Implications of Human Rights

On January 19th of this year, Senator Bernie Sanders asked Tom Price (Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services) whether healthcare was a human right.  In the exchange that followed, Sanders declared "We are not a compassionate society!" [1].  In May of 2011, a United Nations report declared that access to the Internet is a … Continue reading The Implications of Human Rights

A Question Posed to Senator Barbara Boxer on Personal Responsibility

A Question Posed to Senator Barbara Boxer on Personal Responsibility

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to ask a question of (former) California senator Barbara Boxer in a public forum.  What follows is a transcript of our exchange.  (I recorded the audio with my phone, but it turned out poorly.  Nevertheless, you can hear the exchange here:  https://soundcloud.com/user-568960187/2017-05-10-0746a.) Me:  Senator Boxer, I'm Nick.  I'm an engineer. … Continue reading A Question Posed to Senator Barbara Boxer on Personal Responsibility