Intellectual knowledge (the best available knowledge we have according to agreed-upon standards) exists to be stewards of power, not its servants. That is the meaning of academic freedom.
— Bandy X Lee, MD, MDiv (@BandyXLee1) November 11, 2021
The one fault I would find with Bandy Lee’s formulation is that there is no theory of truth that withstands scrutiny. The questions of “best available knowledge” and “agreed-upon standards” are fraught, now even politically polarized, and, in the end, they leave us very nearly where we started.
There is value to Lee’s formulation nonetheless.
I had to get a new trimmer for my beard. Oops, wrong attachment.
The beard will grow back but I can never un-see those jowls that I think I inherit from my maternal grandfather. He wore them a lot better than I do.
Somewhere along the way, I lost track of when Veterans Day is. I gather from my Twitter feed it is today.
The date began as Remembrance Day—still is, elsewhere—and should be approached from that perspective first, particularly as not to forget the horrors of the First World War, now in such danger of being forgotten.
— Richard M. Nixon (@dick_nixon) November 11, 2021
Pardon the term, but WW1 will always struggle because it's simply not as 'sexy' as WW2. How could the drudgery of trench warfare and byzantine networks of alliances possibly stand against clear cut heroes and villains and the terror of awe-stricking new weaponry?
— Charles R. Mousseau🇫🇷🇨🇦 (@AlphaLackey) November 11, 2021
I usually disagree with the reasons for wars. But in the case of World War I, I cannot even find one to disagree with.
— David Benfell, Ph.D. (@n4rky) November 11, 2021
Andrea Salcedo, “San Francisco police officer dies of covid while on leave for failing to meet vaccination requirement,” Washington Post, November 11, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/11/11/san-francisco-officer-dies-covid-unvaccinated/