In defense of prescriptive labeling

Here I am, with a blog dedicated to exploring the commonly-encountered misunderstandings that lead to disagreements, and somehow I still haven't gotten around to describing my views on prescriptive versus descriptive definitions for categories of people. Since I see this as kind of vital to lot of current conversations, I think it's about time I wrote about this. Read more...

A sensational attraction

I've noticed a general social trend which annoys me. I guess the best way for me to summarize that trend is to say that any speculation about a person or persons engaging in some belief or behavior which is sufficiently interesting (in a certain sense of the word, to a certain part of society) is accepted by too many as true on insufficient evidence. Read more...