How Lead Caused Violence and Lowered IQs

Scientists and sociologists have long debated and puzzled over two seemingly unrelated facts: continually rising IQ rates, and continually falling crime rates. We may have had the explanation in front of us for over decades: lead. A “partial replacement”...

On the Role of Government

A healthy government protects personal freedom without regard for wealth, class, or place of birth. Governments fail to do this by either failing to protect those rights – as in Somalia – or by actually infringing upon them – as is the trend in the...
If the Ends Don’t Justify the Means, What Does?

If the Ends Don’t Justify the Means, What Does?

Ethics can be a tricky issue, but it need not be so in many ways. When it is difficult to make a decision it is often not for a lack of information, but because we are lost in a swarm of details and hypotheticals. By isolating the essential details and identifying a...
Why the “Is-Ought Problem” is Not a Problem

Why the “Is-Ought Problem” is Not a Problem

I enjoy having philosophical conversations with almost anyone who is willing to try. People on the bus, coworkers, and my fiancée are all potential victims of the madness. One of my favorite questions is, “what makes something right or wrong?” It seems...
Religion: a Poor Way to Find Happiness

Religion: a Poor Way to Find Happiness

Religious leaders often point out that religious activity is positively associated with member happiness. This is actually true, at least in the United States – several studies show that Christians are slightly better off psychologically than the rest of the...

Is Coffee Actually Bad for You?

I was raised in a household that didn’t drink coffee for religious reasons, and so I had never had a sip of it until my twenties. I came to the realization that I had been zealously following the religion based on faith and unsound reasoning. Unburdening myself of...

Guest Blog Posts

Anyone is welcome to submit a guest blog post, provided it meets our quality standards. If you are even remotely familiar with what we do here, you should have a pretty good idea of what will fly and what will fail. What Your Post Should Do The whole reason...