Natural language processing is a confirmation of Searle’s Chinese room.

Certain political pundits get caught up in a similar type of anecdotal fallacy. But it’s not the typical sort of anecdote, involving real-life interaction. It’s the anecdotal experience of the “very online” pundit who lets their Twitter or Facebook interactions color their perception of Christianity or Evangelicalism in the United…

Andrew Klavan has a great line about anger being the devil’s cocaine. Among the various outrage addicts is the church-going evangelical who is always outraged by the latest thing said or done by the abstract, statistical evangelical — outrage over the average evangelical.

We should never be complacent about sin…

Jonah Goldberg, David French, and some others have suggested that Republicans should make a deal with Democrats in which Republicans don’t vote to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee in exchange for promises from a few reliable Democrats that they won’t pack the courts, make Puerto Rico and Washington DC a…

Consider a basic definition of pluralism provided by Google:

a condition or system in which two or more states, groups, principles, sources of authority, etc., coexist.

The definition has an ambiguity in the term coexist insofar as it can be understood positively — as is intended in the “Coexist” bumper…

According to John Fund, from National Review, “Senator Ted Cruz told Fox News that it’s ‘critical’ a justice be confirmed before Nov. 3, in part because of the possibility of a ‘constitutional crisis’ if there were a 4–4 split over a disputed election outcome.”

The responses to this line of…

J. V. L. writes:

If Trump and Senate Republicans are defeated in the election, but then try to replace Ginsburg before leaving office, the political retribution would be incalculable. The Democratic party would believe — with good reason — that there are no limits to majoritarian rule.

Meanwhile there’s a…

On the one hand, it’s surprising how many people — including evangelicals and conservative NeverTrumpers — fail to recognize that Democrats engage in the same sort of Flight 93-ism and fear-mongering that Trump and Republicans are accused of. …

John Bowling

Throwing half-baked ideas against the wall and seeing what sticks.

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