What is Justice?

Saturday, 27 June 2009

judge-wigKANT’S Categorical Imperative suggests that there is a morality based on duty. Duty is a morality that must be obeyed or else we become savages.

When I “did” Kant at university, it was explained to me that people sentenced to prison or death would have to be imprisoned or killed — even if the world was suddenly about to end! The law is the law regardless.

Kant tended to be used as the opposition to “Utilitarianism” — the philosophy that underpins the law of the United Kingdom.

Utilitarianism very much depends on Read the rest of this entry »

What Dinosaurs Were Really Like

Monday, 4 December 2006

[Picture of typical dinosaur]WE are fed lies all the time.

Some people might think that this statement is a tad paranoid, mistaken or exaggerated — but is it?

Take paleontologists — these guys don’t seem like typical liars, and maybe they’re not, but they keep a lie alive whether they know it or not. Somewhere along the line someone looked at a fossil and guessed at all sorts of things — what colour was it’s hair or fur, what it ate, and — the most incredible of them all — what noise it made!

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