Sunday, February 23, 2014

Caption Contest

As always, place your entries in the comment thread below. (As always, the only prizes around here are fleeting fame and the admiration of regular readers.) 

Caption contest image - in honour of David Bullard

Background: This week’s contest is in honour of David Bullard, who took to Twitter in early February to accuse Michelle Solomon of fabricating the account of her rape. It’s hard to believe that anybody would sink so low. But if you missed the ruckus and don't believe me, here’s the Tweet:

David Bullard makes a call to "face facts"

(Bullard starts, as you can see, with a call to “face facts”. When challenged later -- also on Twitter -- about how he could possibly know what he implied, he said that he didn’t “claim to know any facts”. We leave the task of working out whether or not Harry Frankfurt's analysis of bullshit applies in this case, or whether this falls into some other category, to the reader.)

Some related links:

No thanks, rape NGO tells Bullard.
Bullard slammed over rape talk tweet.
Bullard criticised for tweets over rape.
David Bullard provokes outrage over offensive rape tweets.

A T-Shirt design that I never got around to having made up.

Actually, there are a fair number of these. Fooling around with graphics software is a minor therapy for me, along the lines of working on a bonsai tree, except that the images don't die if ignored for months or years on end.

Daddy, what did YOU do in the war on Drugs?

Friday, January 3, 2014

New blog on Philosophy and Sport

So, my mate Dave's mate David (Papineau) has started a blog about philosophy and sport. He's written some papers recently on topics related to sport, including In the Zone (link to PDF), and Choking and the Yips (link to .Docx). The opening salvo of the blog is also about choking and the yips. You can find the blog here: More Important Than That.

(The name of the blog is evidently a reference to this remark by Bill Shankly: "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that".)