Author of "This Is Rage" and "Endless Encores"

Posts made in February, 2015

Let’s Argue About Something

By on Feb 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The way to read the title of this article is “Let’s Argue about Something,” with the emphasis on the final word—as opposed to Nothing. But now for something completely different. Remember this bit from Monty Python’s Flying Circus: A: An argument is not the same as contradiction. B: Well, it can be! A: No, it can’t! An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a definite proposition. B: No, it isn’t! A: Yes, it is! It isn’t just contradiction. B: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position! A: But it isn’t just saying, “No, it isn’t.” B: Yes, it is! A: No, it isn’t! Argument is an intellectual process. Contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of anything the other person says. B: No, it isn’t! A: Yes, it is! B: Not at all! Excerpt from Argument Clinic, Copyright 1972 Python (Monty) Pictures. Here’s the full video clip on the official Monty Python YouTube Channel: What’s my argument here? There are some things I am not going to argue about anymore. I am not going to argue about whether global warming is real. It’s real, and it’s a problem we need to address. This is settled science. If you haven’t bought into the settlement, I am sorry for your inability to grasp facts. I am not going to argue about basic vaccines and immunizations for preventable diseases like measles, mumps, and rubella. Unless your doctor specially tells you your child must opt out for a clear reason, I believe you have a moral obligation to your child and an ethical obligation to society to get this done as soon as practicable. I am not going to argue about who has a right to marry whomever he or she may select (absent DNA concerns around family history). This is a civil right. Civil rights are inviolable. I am not going to argue about evolution and natural selection. I am not going to argue about the age of the Earth or the number of years human beings have been inhabiting it. I am also not going to argue that the science here is incompatible with religion, because many of the distinguished scientists who have proven these case studies have been profoundly religious people who...

Read More