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Cultural Relativity

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 2: Setting the Tone from the First Day of Class

Frank Breslin | Posted 05.08.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

The first day of class, I enter the classroom and ask, "What's the difference between being certain and being closed-minded?" Long silence. Students g...

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority -- Part 4: The Limits of Reason

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.06.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Dear Reader, prepare yourself for mental legerdemain. As you recall, Part 1 of our story tells of Everyman, conditioned from birth to believe the aut...

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority -- Part 2: A Nuanced Guide to Authorities

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.11.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

As you doubtless have realized by now, the questions that ended Part 1 of this series have never been answered in 25 centuries of Western philosophy....

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority - Part 1: The Myths of the Tribe

Frank Breslin | Posted 02.25.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Once upon a time in a faraway land, there dwelt a people who never succeeded in quite growing up. From the time they were children until they bade adi...

The Rule: Trapped Between Feminism and Cultural Tolerance in India

Padmini Parthasarathy | Posted 02.17.2014 | Women
Padmini Parthasarathy

The idea that I was impure for a natural function, one that half the population experienced, was odious. I just kept thinking, this is some DUMB old rule written by DUMB old men.But this belief was at odds with other beliefs I also held. I was a guest in my aunt's house.

From 9/11 to Libya: Why There Is No "Us" and "Them"

Seth Engel | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
Seth Engel

While Americans have every right to be as angry and confused as they were on September 12, 2001, they also have the duty to be introspective and measured before acting or speaking, as they never were in the aftermath of 9/11.

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....