Pseudoscience Be Damned! Unless It’s Our Pseudoscience

Is Whole Foods America’s temple to pseudoscience?

This author takes an interesting perspective and touches on quite a few of the pervasive, damaging ideas we’ve addressed in the Salon:

From the probiotics aisle to the vaguely ridiculous Organic Integrity outreach effort (more on that later), Whole Foods has all the ingredients necessary to give Richard Dawkins nightmares. And if you want a sense of how weird, and how fraught, the relationship between science, politics, and commerce is in our modern world, then there’s really no better place to go. Because anti-science isn’t just a religious, conservative phenomenon—and the way in which it crosses cultural lines can tell us a lot about why places like the Creation Museum inspire so much rage, while places like Whole Foods don’t.

Equality? The Annoying Burden of Proof

Emphasis mine:

Equality is one of the most ludicrous notions ever hatched from a human brain. But despite its self-evident falsehood, it is the closest our secular society has to a shared religious belief. It seems to exist not as an established and unquestionable fact, but mostly as a tranquilizer for the less-than-equal.

Read the rest of Jim Goad’s take on equality here.

Academic Justice to Replace Academic Freedom?

Although I fully expect Harvard to espouse an extremely progressive agenda, I’m still shocked by this editorial that appeared in the Crimson recently (emphasis mine):

Yet the liberal obsession with “academic freedom” seems a bit misplaced to me. After all, no one ever has “full freedom” in research and publication. Which research proposals receive funding and what papers are accepted for publication are always contingent on political priorities. The words used to articulate a research question can have implications for its outcome. No academic question is ever “free” from political realities. If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of “academic freedom”?

Read the rest of this stifling, oppressive, Marxist turd here.

Is Mark Steyn the New Free Speech Scapegoat?

One of the most popular Conservative writers, Mark Steyn, is currently involved in the most egregious free speech challenge of recent memory…and you probably haven’t heard a damn thing about it.

Generally, free speech casualties in the War Against Things We Don’t Like go underreported because when you’re fighting a war and the entire media is on your side, the small, expected triumphs aren’t that noteworthy.

Steyn’s case, however, is different.

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The Salon Kicks Off Again in 2014

Well, 2013 has been fun—after all, the Salon was birthed, cleaned, and smacked on the bum—but now it’s time to kick down the door and head on into 2014.

On that note, we’ll be reconvening on Monday, January 6, 2014, at a location that is yet to be determined.

If you’re looking for some holiday/travel reading, I humbly recommend the following:

For you free market enthusiasts, check out Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government.

And if you’re into culture and “untouchable” social topics, then Black Rednecks and White Liberals is like a big, juicy steak for your brain.

See you next year!

Announcing the First Official SalonATX Meeting

I’m pleased to announce the first official SalonATX meeting, which will be held on Monday, November 4 at Peché (map link).

The proceedings will begin at 8pm, but everyone is encouraged to arrive a few minutes early to get settled and to grab one of their fine cocktails.

See you there!