Homer Simpson Teaches Glasgow University’s Philosophy Class | Big Think

Looking for new ways to teach the intellectual capital of humanity to its students, Glasgow University is offering a philosophy course based on the character of Homer Simpson.

Source: Homer Simpson Teaches Glasgow University’s Philosophy Class | Big Think

Satanic Temple slams new Texas fetus burial rule opposed by Pro-Choice groups — RT America

Abortion rights activists may have found an unlikely ally in the Satanic Temple, which has vowed to oppose a new Texas state rule requiring fetal tissue be given a burial or cremation.

Source: Satanic Temple slams new Texas fetus burial rule opposed by Pro-Choice groups — RT America

Free Will, Fate and FiveThirtyEight: The Theology of Election Polls

What’s the appeal of quantifying the future? What should we make of these technological oracles?RD associate editor Michael Schulson and Alan Levinovitz, an RD contributor and a professor of Chinese philosophy and religion at James Madison University, got together online to chat about fate, uncanniness, and prophecy as spectator sport.

Source: Free Will, Fate and FiveThirtyEight: The Theology of Election Polls

The “Jedi Religion” Is Causing Problems in Australia | Nerdist

In the 2001 Australian census, over 70,000 citizens indicated that their religion was Jedi. That number fell to around 58,000 in 2006, then rose back up to over 64,000 for the 2011 census. Of course, Jedi, based on the ancient spiritual organization from Star Wars, isn’t a real theistic religion, just a fun way to either stick it to the government or showcase your Star Wars fandom.

Source: The “Jedi Religion” Is Causing Problems in Australia | Nerdist

How Did “All Lives Matter” Come to Oppose “Black Lives Matter”? A Philosopher of Language Weighs In

 

What are we to make of this? After all, slogans are useful things. “Black Lives Matter”, for one, has been enormously successful as a rallying cry for social change. And calls for national unity are often disguised attempts to prevent oppressed groups from expressing their specific grievances.

Source: Slate