Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear – Chapter 10, The Chemistry of Fear

Dans le chapitre 10 de “Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear” Dan Gardner expose les facteurs de risque de cancer couramment sous-estimés et les facteurs de risque couramment sur-estimés.

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Racism, Guilt, Self-Hatred and Self-Deceit

Racism, Guilt, Self-Hatred & Self-Deceit, par Gedaliah Braun.

Racism, Guilt, Self-Hatred and Self-DeceitPrelude To a Continuing Discussion: Can A Fact Be Racist? (p. 10)

Question: can such a true belief – a fact – be racist? The very idea seems absurd. A fact is merely something that is the case, and such a thing cannot, in and of itself, be racist. To call something racist is to say it is morally bad and it would seem absurd to call a fact morally bad.

But if a fact cannot be racist, neither can a proposition, for a proposition is simply what is made true (or false) by facts. A proposition, therefore, is like a ‘picture’ of a fact: to every fact there corresponds the proposition which would assert that fact, while, conversely, to every proposition there corresponds either a fact (which makes it true) or the absence of that fact (whose absence makes it false). So propositions and facts are intimately related, and if facts cannot be racist neither can propositions.

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