Daily Archives: April 7, 2019

Qualifying time for 18-34 year old women same as for a 55 year old man in the 2019 Boston marathon

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Marxist academic found it most unpleasant and expensive to be investigated for hate speech against Americans, a minority in Canada. No charges laid.

See more at https://www.salon.com/2008/01/13/hate_speech_laws/

Steve Pinker recommends five science books

Why Evolution Is True

The A.V. Club put up this video last year of Steve Pinker recommending five science/psychology books that he particularly enjoyed or recommends:

One Two Three Infinity. . . Facts and Speculations of Science by George Gamow

The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins

The Big Picture by Sean Carroll

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World by David Deutsch

How the Mind Works by Pinker Himself

I’ve read all of them save the two by Gamow and Deutsch, and share his enthusiasm for the ones I know. I’ve often given my own recommendations, some of which coincide with Steve’s, and hence needn’t put them here. But readers should feel free to recommend their favorite science books, particularly ones that came out recently.

It has not escaped my attention that my own book escaped Pinker’s attention. But really, it doesn’t belong on a list of books…

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Catholic Emancipation as a Constitutional Revolution 

Notes On Liberty

Religious toleration is important to Britain’s historical self-image as a bastion of liberty against continental tyrants like Hitler, Napoleon, and Louis XIV.

But for much of the 18th century, Catholics in Britain were barred from government service, the army and navy, the law, and the universities. Formally, they were not allowed to inherit land or even marry with Catholic rites (though in practice there were well-recognized workarounds). Catholic priests faced life imprisonment and Catholic schools were illegal. When these laws were liberalized in 1778, this provoked the worst riot in early…

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