And we can easily think of other clearly immoral cases, for example dismissing entire communities as subhuman because of ethnicity or cultural characteristics; or assuming someone is a terrorist just from their appearance.
This is our evidence principle so far:
[EP3] If anything is morally wrong, then it is morally wrong to believe anything, within the category of descriptive belief, on insufficient evidence, in the absence of any conflicting and overriding moral imperative.
This tells his keynote story of the passenger ship owner who manages to overcome his doubts as to whether his ship is actually seaworthy. He does this not by having her overhauled and refitted but by trusting in Providence.
The ship sails and then sinks in mid-ocean.
Is the ship owner guilty of the death of passengers and crew? Undoubtedly.
We Brexiteers are being blamed for the problems we warned about
In reality, fault lies squarely with the Government and poor planning
As problems mount for UK businesses, both in dealing with mainland Europe and regarding Northern Ireland, don’t be surprised if Brexit and Brexiteers get the blame for what is a failure of Government, as the possibility of reintegration via the backdoor looms. Many businesses are reporting difficulties adapting to the post- Brexit trading landscape, with the Federation of Small Businesses claiming many small firms have not had the time, money or clarity to prepare. German logistics group DB Schenker became the latest parcels operator to suspend cross-border delivery, following a similar move by DPD. How did the Government not anticipate…
Last time I explained why I think it’s so important to have a workable principle of good and safe believing.
In short, it’s because we need an antidote for the kind of fake news which led to the storming of the Capitol building, and for the kind of unjustified religious belief which led to 9/11 and the Spanish Inquisition.
It’s 8pm Thursday. Time to clap for the NHS. Thing is ours is a street of terraced houses on one side facing a primary school on the other, not tower blocks with packed balconies. So clapping doesn’t quite do it on its own.
Saucepan lids help of course. But this Thursday I remembered one of our souvenirs from 20 years in Cape Town: the vuvuzela:
When politicians are asked a question they don’t want to answer you expect them to employ their usual tactic. This is to answer a different question, one they are happy to answer, and hope no one notices.
But it’s not only politicians who do this.
On BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions 10 April 2020 there were two politicians and two non-politicians. About 34 minutes into the program Jill Morris from Stafford asked what I thought was a very interesting question: