Queers, language and the nature of reality

Suppose I started telling you a story involving Hobbits and wizards, and something about a ring. Immediately you would recognize that I am describing “Middle Earth” as Tolkien called it.

But you would never confuse Middle Earth for our world.

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About those “settled” debates

Abortion is a “settled” debate in Canada, so we are told. Gay marriage is a “settled” debate. Climate change is “settled” science. All of these “settled” debates remind me of when I was young I would hear Christians say, with a presumed piety, “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.”

But what does belief that a debate is “settled” do to the conversation?

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Social Conservatives in politics – a new wind blows

What do bathroom bills in the states, Jordan Peterson, Jason Kenney and Brad Trost all have in common? They embrace, or are at least open to, socially conservative views. And they are expressing those views. Publicly.

And they are being slammed for it by liberals, the media and social media. And they don’t care. And they won’t back down.


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On politics, divisiveness and humble suggestions for doing it better

Several years back I wrote my first book called Arguing with Friends. I was inspired by my observation that many people simply don’t know how to disagree with each other in a manner that allows them to simultaneously keep their friends and their convictions.

If that was a problem back when I wrote that book, it seems to be reaching near catastrophic levels now. Fear not, though; I may have a solution.

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Media and the public – forging a new relationship

As I previously blogged, the 2016 election really showed just how unreliable the media has become. Not only were they dead wrong in their predictions (that may be more of a polling problem), they demonstrated their own biases which undermined their claims to objectivity, and they showed that they completely failed to understand the mindset of voters by offering an interpretation of the results that was refuted by the exit polls.

But I’m going to argue that, at the end of the day, this may be more our fault than theirs. It’s complicated, so grab a coffee and get cozy because I’ve got a long train of thought on this one.

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