From the monthly archives:

April 2012

Should We Believe Experts?

by Stephen Mills April 9, 2012

The answer to that question is complicated and my answer is usually yes, but you have to be careful. We live in an age of explosive growth of knowledge. Much of it comes to us in the form of truth claims. Many of those claims are irrelevant to our lives, but some of them aren’t and some of them may are quite important. We all have busy lives and we can’t be experts at everything so in the end we have to rely upon the real experts, but we have to be very careful in how we do so.

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What the Trayvon Martin Case Says About Public Debate

by Stephen Mills April 3, 2012

I have to let the police handle this. We may not like it, but it’s the only choice we have. That’s called the rule of law and something we should hold dear. They may be biased and have an agenda but so does everyone else. What are we supposed to do, let the mobs in the streets make the decision? Do the people protesting in the street really want to go back to that? I don’t like street justice of either George Zimmerman’s kind or the kind that some people are now calling for. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson need to go home. I don’t want street protests to decide this case. Everyone else needs to stop shouting and calling each other nasty names because they happen to be on the other side of some political or cultural divide. That not only gets us nowhere, it makes the problems worse.

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