I’ve been a Logic professor for the last 15 years in Southern California, and one of the things I like to drill into my students is the importance of the words we use to describe problems. The words we choose impact what we see as solutions to those problems. Take the now ever-present phrase “active […]
Some of you may have seen this in the news recently. The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a motion requiring contractors wishing to do business with the city to disclose any ties they may have with the NRA. Are you an NRA member, for example. You can see the news coverage here. The motion directs […]
In June of this year, a man was shot and killed while camping in Malibu Creek State Park with his two small children. Tristan Beaudette of Irvine was shot once in the upper torso, his two young daughters (2 and 4 years old) were in the tent with him at the time but were not harmed. You […]
Recently we got to witness international public outrage over a picture of Britain’s Prince George playing with a squirt gun. I had to read the story a few times to figure out what the actual issue was, but finally saw that people were “offended” by pictures of the young prince playing with a toy squirt gun. Tweets, comments, and articles all about being offended by normal behavior.