Monday, July 23, 2012

Vicious hate crime in Lincoln, NE

This story deserves wider attention.  A woman in Lincoln, NE was tied to a chair, her attackers carved homophobic slurs into her body, and they then set her house in fire.  Luckily, she was able to crawl to safety.  My hope is that the feds will get involved and bring these men to justice soon and that religious leaders in the state will start leading on this issue.  (Unfortunately, a fair number of them are lining up to be on the wrong side of history.  A branch of Focus on the Family recently mobilized their followers to try to block a local ordinance that would protect homosexuals from employment and housing discrimination.)  I've provided a link to Star City Pride.  They are setting up a victim recovery fund. Please, consider donating and share this story with others.

Update
It turned out to be a hoax.  It's a terribly sad ending to a horrible story.  Hope that people in Lincoln will be quick to forgive her.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Romney & Price on backwards causation

On the same day that the Romney campaign introduced us to the notion of a retrospective retirement, Huw Price defends backwards causation on Philosophy Bites.  This can't be a coincidence, can it?  This calls for an explanation. The best explanation is that somebody planned this retrospectively. If backwards causation is possible, maybe Romney did retire in 1999 in 2002.

Friday, July 13, 2012

New page

I've created a homepage.  There are links to work on evidence/epistemic reasons, justification, fallibilism, epistemic norms, and moral obligation.  There are also links to some reviews.