Tag Archives: Social Norms

Traffic, and what it says about your city and its people

There’s a lot you can tell about a city by observing its traffic patterns and the habits of pedestrians on the street. In New York, for instance, the people are moving quickly – the vehicles as well. The walkers and … Continue reading

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“Kein Mensch ist Illegal”

I’ve been noticing graffiti and stickers bearing this slogan around town here in Dresden, and I did twenty seconds of web searching to figure out what it’s about. I had a half-understanding of this from just reading the text of … Continue reading

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In Defense of “Argument ad Hitlerum”

  If you’ve visited the internet other than to visit this site, you’ve seen the interaction dozens (or hundreds?) of times by now. One person expresses a view. The view sounds crazy to someone else. The someone else says something … Continue reading

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Depression and Idealism

[I usually like to take an instance of scholarly work and apply it to a practical, real-life issue. I’ve set aside that rule in this post to offer a general cultural criticism to a pertinent and immediate issue in the … Continue reading

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Gossip and Morality

For many of us, the moral verdict on gossip is in: gossiping is something we ought to avoid, and we do something wrong when we engage in gossip. In this article, I want to suggest that there are cases in … Continue reading

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