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Sanity Zone 3-8-2013 Reducto Ad Absurdum

Posted 03-08-2013 at 12:18 PM by xan

Emanuel Kant. No, seriously. Resist the urge to shut your brain off and walk with me a minute.

Two of Kant's contributions to moral philosophy are the "Theory of Perception" and the "Categorical Imperative." In short, perception is based on either direct experience of reality (analytic) or an inferred experience (synthetic) of reality. "All dogs are quadrapeds" vs. "All dogs are happy" are examples. The former is measurable and verifiable,...
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Saints' Kobayashi Maru: Drew Brees Contract

Posted 03-03-2013 at 04:39 PM by jeanpierre

Last I checked, James T. Kirk is not available to be the Saints GM for some years assuming the fiction written by Gene Roddenberry continues to have some assumptions come to fact; even then he'll be saving bigger problems than the 2013 Saints Salary Cap situation and subsequent seasons...

The reason is that Mickey Loomis failed to convince Brees and his Agent Tom Condon that it is in Brees best interests to be quarterback of a Superbowl Contender than a run and shoot offense with...
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Sanity Zone 2-6-2013 I Want a New Drug

Posted 02-06-2013 at 07:49 AM by xan

It's time to have a seismic shift in our thinking about the roll drugs play in sports. To set the argument, let's use the example of a non-sports person getting medical attention. From there, we can extend the analysis to explore where we might alter our standards.

Dispensing with the gory details, the key difference between the athlete and the non-athlete with a similar injury is the drug treatment. If the non-athlete uses steroids or HGH or EPO, she will heal faster, have less scar...
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Sanity Zone 1-19-2013 Positive Rights

Posted 01-18-2013 at 03:08 PM by xan

In political theory, a positive right is a right that is accorded to you by society. In contrast, a negative right is a right that society can take away from you. Negative rights are freedom of speech, freedom of religious belief, freedom to act in self-preservation. Examples of positive rights are things like education, health care, vacations, police and fire protection. Positive rights are things that society allows you to add to yourself.

Negative rights are things you pay...
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Fun facts: Since legalizing marijuana in Washington and Colorado, the Broncos & Seahawks ...

Posted 01-07-2013 at 06:51 AM by SloMotion

... are undefeated. Or so I heard on the radio this morning. Performing due diligence prior to posting, I found it's actually a combined record of 15-1, but I did uncover some amusing facts:

- Seattle has gone 7-1, losing only to Miami since legalization. Come on, is there any bigger of a buzzkill than having to travel the width of the country, in a pressurized cabin, and than have to play a game in the Florida heat? They get a pass on that one. They are an impressive 4-0 at...
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