If a Racist Falls in the Forest…

I recently received a ping-back on my article On First Philosophy. That means that someone linked to it in another article. I followed it back to a blog called Band of Halves. The article was Rants of a Law Student of Color #1. The writer, Kulsoom Khalid Ijaz, states that she is the daughter of a Pakistani immigrant to the US. She is apparently a law student and a social justice warrior who finds offense around every corner. What she doesn’t seem to realize is that her definition of racism also paints her as a racist (unless she is one of those who believe that hating white people is not racism). Her definition is full of logical fallacies and is based on a false premise. This is my response.

Getting Healthy: Gimmicks vs. Tools

In The Bare Essentials I mentioned that the only products I recommend purchasing are a book (explaining the diet) and a gym membership. I said that nothing else is necessary and I meant it. But that didn’t mean that nothing else may be beneficial. There are products and tools that can help. The problem is trying to discern the helpful from the junk or the tools (useful) from the gimmicks (time & money wasters). This is a nearly impossible task since it is in the best interests of anyone trying to sell you anything to make all sorts of bogus claims and promises. But there are ways to tell them apart.

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Getting Healthy

Cultivating Social Change

In Cultivating Social change Through Education, Anna Brix Thomsen suggests that if we really want a fairer, more equitable world, we must first overcome our cultural norms and values and adherence to our culture and then use the educational system to instill new values in our children. We can then change the very fabric of our society” to embody compassion, social justice and equality as core principles of a new culture” and achieve social justice and equality… Thomsen’s re-education solution won’t work. While it might be possible to teach a leopard to follow a vegetarian diet, the leopard is likely to suffer from malnutrition.