Category Archives: ethics

Yes, Virginia, there are moral agents.

Time to refresh the paint on ye olde “THIS IS SEGREGATION” sign again

Aw, man.  It's that time of year again — that festive semi-annual holiday where I get to be stared at like my favorite accessory is a tinfoil hat.  But history will bear me up:  You may think it's weird that … Continue reading

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A sweet little fiction

So one time this culture discovered that a readily-available plant had a really tasty component, and they began harvesting, and then cultivating and later, processing and refining and making all kinds of analogs and variations on the tasty stuff. Everyone … Continue reading

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I’ll stim with you

I saw myself in the subway today.  Twenty-five or so and Asian and wearing lipstick, but otherwise, me. She was stimming like crazy. People seemed to both avoid and ignore her, giving her twice the personal space of anyone else, … Continue reading

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Required Online Etiquette for Businesses 101

We make a lot of fuss about when a commenter or blogger is violating some spoken or unspoken rule of conduct, but MAN do we let companies off the hook for some obvious things that are just terribly rude and inconsiderate! … Continue reading

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May I have an order of logic to go, please?

Step one: Do people have food, shelter, and access to health care and education? If yes, THEN spend fifty billion of their dollars unencrypting their emails. Yes? I mean, I do sorta have a degree in logic, but this doesn't … Continue reading

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I Swear (Open-Minding Your Manners)

I'm so grateful to my father for teaching me to not only be polite, but to get more polite when confronted with rudeness.   (Note:  I do this much more consistently in person than in writing.  When writing I love to inject … Continue reading

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Oh yes, it’s a post about second-order meta-intolerance, and I make no apologies.

As a big ol' sci-fi nut and occasional producer of it myself, I felt I ought to weigh in on the Orson Scott Card kerfuffle.  (There are many links on this; here's one.) I don't have clear answers, actually; but … Continue reading

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