Water on Mars

It seems scientist have now confirmed what they have long suspected about Mars: These downhill flows, known as recurring slope lineae (RSL), often have been described as possibly related to liquid water. The new findings of hydrated salts on the slopes point to what that relationship may be to these dark features. The hydrated salts would…

For freedom of speech, these are troubling times

“There is a critically important distinction – that the law seeks to protect – between causing “distress”, which may be a crime, and causing “offence”, which may not. The distinction is not easy for the layman to define, and the two are only too easy to elide. And this happens too often, not because of…

We Need to Talk About Islam’s Jihadism Problem

Sam Harris and Majid Nawaz on the moral urgency of having an honest and apolitical discussion about the problem of Islam: Political Islam is an offshoot of religious Islam and draws much of its inspiration from the Quran and the hadith (the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad). To be sure, it does not represent the faith in…

Welfare Fallacies

It is interesting to note here that the authors chose proportionately sized samples for their analysis: comparing a wide pool of welfare states from both U.S. and European categories, which is very important when passing collective judgment on the way we organize and structure our society. In their new analysis, The Work versus Welfare Trade-Off: Europe, Cato…