Weekly Reader: Vol 1 Issue 3

It’s time once again for a Weekly Reader post, where I share interesting articles that I found on the internet. Got something cool to share? Drop a link in the comments!

SAM HARRIS AND THE MYTH OF PERFECTLY RATIONAL THOUGHT (from Wired): “But apparently Harris doesn’t think he is part of that “we.” After he accused Klein of fomenting a “really indissoluble kind of tribalism” in the form of identity politics, and Klein replied that Harris exhibits his own form of tribalism, Harris said coolly, “I know I’m not thinking tribally in this respect.””

Jordan Peterson, Custodian of the Patriarchy (from the New York Times): “Jordan Peterson fills huge lecture halls and tells his audiences there’s no shame in looking backward to a model of how the world should be arranged. Look back to the 1950s, he says — and back even further. He tells his audiences that they are smart. He is bringing them knowledge, yes, but it is knowledge that they already know and feel in their bones. He casts this as ancient wisdom, delivered through religious allegories and fairy tales which contain truth, he says, that modern society has forgotten.”

#Comicsgate: How an Anti-Diversity Harassment Campaign in Comics Got Ugly—and Profitable (from The Daily Beast): “At this point, the rules of that playbook are widely and intuitively understood. Targeted harassment is hard to prove, because few are stupid enough to explicitly call for it in a public forum. Plausible deniability is the name of the game; so is playing the victim.”

For Thanos So Loved the World (from Samantha Field–warning! Infinity War spoilers, so read at your own risk!): “That’s what penal substitionary atonement theory is. That’s what most American Christians believe about the Cross—their belief systems casts God in the same villainous role as Thanos.”

In the Wake of the Latest School Shooting, Newspaper Headlines Need #MeToo (from Love Joy Feminism on Patheos): “This framing is bullshit. It’s also dangerous as heck. As the mother of a daughter who will soon be in middle school, this framing terrifies me. Women should not have to fear that they might be stalked, harassed, or killed if they turn a guy down—and yet that is where we are.”

The Bible and the Art of Blameshifting (from Removing the Fig Leaf on Patheos): “The truth is, I know good and well where he learned to do that. The Bible teaches the art of blameshifting from the very first story it tells, all the way through to its dramatic conclusion.”

That’s all for this week. So until the next time, happy reading!

About Silverwynde

I'm a Transformers fan, Pokémon player, Brewers fan and all-out general nerd. I rescue abandoned Golett, collect as many Bumblebee decoys and figures as I can find and I've attended every BotCon--official and non--since 1999. I'm also happily married to a fellow Transfan named Prime and we were both owned by a very intelligent half-Siamese cat, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2018. We still miss him. But we're now the acting staff of a Maine Coon kitty named Lulu, who pretty much rules the house. Not that we're complaining about that.
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