Saturday, March 16, 2013

Why I like philosophy

It might seem strange to hear a business major like me say it, but I once considered majoring in philosophy. I recognize that it is common among religious people, including some fellow Mormons, to consider philosophy classes dangerous to one's testimony, and a bad influence that leads to apostasy. I have found none of these things to be true, and I believe this only happens when people's testimonies are already weak to begin with. Mormons who want to know the church's value on philosophy need look no further than the Philosophy department at BYU, and its respect for BYU philosophy and religion professor Truman G. Madsen (whose death was announced last in the church's 2009 General Conference).

Truman G. Madsen

Monday, March 11, 2013

When moderation and compromise are inappropriate

I have heard it argued by political moderates that their beliefs are right because moderation is a virtue, and that people on one side or another are wrong because they are at the "extremes." I have also heard it argued that compromise is inherently good. I will seek to show here the fallacy of endorsing political beliefs merely because they are in between the views of the two main sides of the debate.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

A Senator at the gates of heaven

While walking down the street one day a United States Senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," says the man.

"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the Senator.

"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."

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