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Archive for July, 2004

The Bystander Effect

Posted: Monday, July 12th, 2004 @ 1:40 pm in General | 2 Comments »

This past Saturday morning, on a Paris subway train, a young woman and her 13-month-old baby were assaulted by six men. The men were initially after her money. Then, because her ID listed her address in the 16th arrondissement (a wealthy part of Paris), they assumed she was Jewish. They proceeded to cut her hair […]

Surrounded by Extremists: Framing the Argument to Appear Reasonable

Posted: Friday, July 9th, 2004 @ 2:33 pm in General | Comments Off on Surrounded by Extremists: Framing the Argument to Appear Reasonable

A classic rhetorical method is to “expose” extremists on either side of your position. Suddenly, you appear quite reasonable. Everyone does it. Though I’m mostly aping other great thinkers before me, I’m guilty of this technique in the context of the copyright debate. Look at the MPAA, they want to make you pay an extra […]

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Posted: Thursday, July 8th, 2004 @ 8:38 pm in Policy | 2 Comments »

I’m not sure what to think of the latest terror attack warnings. On the one hand, I’m particularly frightened by the possibility of an Election Day terror attack, something I’ve been thinking about for a few days. Whatever your political leanings or feelings about the Bush Administration, there’s no denying that Al Qaeda is really […]