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Camus’s Atheism and the Virtues of Inconsistency

Albert Camus demonstrated an atheism that was sympathetic to theists. This is remarkably distinct from the “New Atheists” of our time, who argue that theism is dangerous because it opens the door to fundamentalism. But fundamentalism is not just a conviction that one’s sacred text is complete and true, but also a demand that we all believe and act consistently with that text. Camus recognized that this demand for radical consistency is shared by other forms of extremism.

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Days of future past in Bolivia: memory and protest at the start of the post-Morales era

Controversy over the legitimacy of Bolivia’s presidential elections this past October led to large-scale protests and street violence. Longtime president Evo Morales was forced to seek asylum, and the country’s caretaker president appears to be promoting the return of right wing rule to a country that for more than a decade has seen the advance of the rights and well-being of its indigenous majority. But Bolivia is historically a country with a high level of social mobilisation, where popular and indigenous identity incorporate the memory of past protest, and any effort to undo Morales’s legacy of decolonisation will be met

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Which reasonable assumption do you make about the yeti?

Of heuristics and yetis

Heuristics have a reputation of being a somewhat cheap replacement for true knowledge. However, they do not only form in integral part of human decision making, but also can be shown to outperform complex probabilistic decision tools under certain circumstances. This article tries to give a simple and intuitive introduction into the fascinating world of heuristic thinking, while proposing that humans often act rationally in the real world.

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Is Netflix series “How to sell drugs online (fast)” an incitement to narcotics abuse?

At first sight, Netflix series “How to sell drugs online (fast)” seems to foster the consumption of narcotics and their illegal business among teenagers. In this article we try to go deeper beneath the surface: are media discourses only focused on condemning drug abuse still effective? Have they ever been? What if communication based on permission and legitimacy of drug experience turned out to be more effective? Netflix might have opened a new wave of reasoning we should at least discuss.

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Do humans feel more pain than animals?

Do humans feel more pain than animals?

Many researchers assume that the pain animals feel scales with size, or at least that animals are either partially conscious or completely unconscious of the pain they are suffering. But is the idea that pain scales with size actually true?

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