Saturday, April 17, 2010

Highlights of this blog

Whether you're new to the blog and would like to get a general overview, or you're a loyal reader and feel like rummaging through the archives, I recommend clicking on any of these links that jump out at you. These are in reverse-chronological order.

77. If people are bad at deciding what's best for themselves, is government the solution?

76. The "acting alone" fallacy

75. Live-blogging the general-election debates: Obama vs. Romney #1, Biden vs. Ryan, Obama vs. Romney #2, Obama vs. Romney #3, Johnson vs. Stein

74. Live-blogging most of the Republican presidential primary debates: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14

73. Thoughts on playing sad songs and easy guitar parts

72. "Who's in charge — you or your brain?"

71. The fundamental difference in how liberals and conservatives think of themselves

70. 2 surprising pay gaps

69. Is it effective to argue that homosexuality "isn't a choice"?

68. Is throwing a pie in the face of an unsuspecting victim ever a good idea?

67. Is the death penalty "racist"?

66. How much of a problem is it that you don't have enough time in your whole life to become "reasonably well-read"?

64. Scheduling life

63. The top 10 greatest classical composers of all time

62. Professor Robert Summers of Cornell Law School

61. Blogger of the Day (ongoing series)

60. The view of computers from 1982 and the view of photography from 1859

59. What is the atheist / secular humanist / free thought community missing?

58. Did the journalists who reported on the Koran burning threat understand what they were doing?

57. How to use "What would I regret the most?" to make life decisions

56. What were the earliest hints of the internet as we know it?

55. Unemployed vs. single

54. Men and women earn more money if they're tall and attractive

53. Getting it wrong -- language and more

52. We're all hypocrites.

51. Influential books — post 1, post 2, post 3

50. Why politics and policy are less important than music and art

49. Redistributive tipping

48. 6 ways blogs are better than books

47. An atheist finds "comfort" in thinking of death.

46. The 100 best songs of the first decade of the 2000s

45. Penelope Trunk's Twitter post about miscarriage and abortion

44. The movie scene I think of every time I hear the "brilliant filmmaker" defense of Roman Polanski

43. Is "loser" a male noun?

42. Is it morally wrong to care too much for your children?

41. How was The State so funny?

40. Kant's categorical imperative vs. the golden rule

39. Do the top 1% of Americans pay their fair share of taxes?

38. Robert Wright's self-contradictory attack on the "new atheists"

37. The 2 most overused chord progressions in pop music

36. What news is the American media worst at covering?

35. 17 online dating profile cliches that women should avoid

34. Abortion rights and quality of life

33. "What are the simple concepts that have most helped you understand the world?"

32. Can you give a neurological or evolutionary explanation of love without debunking the whole idea of love?

31. Joe the Plumber's hate-the-sin-love-the-sinner homophobia

30. Does music describe things?

29. Charles Krauthammer on torture and the ticking time bomb hypo

28. Do women earn less money than men for equal work?

27. Blogs vs. "continuous eloquence"

26. Do tobacco taxes unfairly burden the poor?

25. 15 rules of blogging for myself

24. David Brooks on moral reasoning vs. moral instincts

23. The problem of evil — post 1, post 2

22. What Katha Pollitt doesn't get about Ross Douthat's sexual conservatism

21. Haydn's brilliant blandness

20. Is economic stimulus an enemy of the environment?

19. Michel Petrucciani (1962-1999)

18. Keeping an open mind on the mind-body problem — post 1, post 2, post 3

17. The case against adjectives

16. What's so bad about product placement?

15. The philosopher paradox

14. Two kinds of careers

13. IM on fatalism and time, ideas and plain language

12. The fake skinny women contest

11. The top 120 moments on the path to the White House — post 1post 2post 3post 4

10. Live-blogging the 2008 debates — 1st presidential debatevice-presidential debate2nd presidential debate3rd presidential debate

9. Imogen Heap — Beauty in the breakdown

8. "Do you see what's happening?"

7. The 40 greatest grunge songs

6. Vignette of an unmade argument

5. How to write a New York Times article to make it seem like women work harder than men

4. Thank you, Tim Russert (1950-2008)

3. What are the disadvantages of being male?

2. The death penalty: Does it saves lives, and if so, should liberals support it? — post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4

1. First post


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