In Sunday’s Rationally Selfish Webcast, I discussed introspection — particularly focused on these questions:

  • What is introspection?
  • Why should a person introspect?
  • What should a person introspect about — or not?
  • How can a person introspect effectively?

Here’s the 20-minute video, now posted to YouTube:

Video: Why Carry a Concealed Firearm

 Posted by on 28 July 2011 at 1:00 pm  Ethics, Firearms, Law, Videocast
Jul 282011
 

In Sunday’s Rationally Selfish Webcast, I discussed the moral and practical reasons for carrying a concealed firearm. Here’s the 11-minute video, now posted to YouTube:

 

In Sunday’s Rationally Selfish Webcast, I discussed what’s wrong with the standard calls for “moderation,” including in diet. Here’s the 17-minute video, now posted to YouTube:

Video: The Morality of Strategic Default

 Posted by on 15 July 2011 at 1:00 pm  Ethics, Finance, Videocast
Jul 152011
 

In Sunday’s Rationally Selfish Webcast, I discussed the morality of strategic default. Here’s the 20-minute video, now posted to YouTube:

I was broadcasting from laptop in my hotel room in Palm Springs… hence the odd background, off-kilter camera, and tinny audio. However, I was really happy with my analysis of this topic, and I hope to write it up into a blog post soon. But since I caught a cold while traveling (blech!) that might be delayed.

Jul 072011
 

In Sunday’s Rationally Selfish Webcast, I discussed the proper standards for self-defense. Here’s the short video, now posted to YouTube:

Jul 012011
 

In Sunday’s Rationally Selfish Webcast, I discussed the morality of homosexuality and gay sex in my experimental “rapid fire questions” segment. (That segment was fun!) Here’s the short video, now posted to YouTube:

Jun 292011
 

In Sunday’s Rationally Selfish Webcast, I answered the following question about kids and guns:

Should people give up their guns when they have kids? Many people think that having guns in the house with kids is terribly risky, if not child endangerment. They say that the kids might get to the guns, even if locked away, and injure or even kill themselves in an accidental discharge. Is that right? If parents choose to keep their guns in the house, what should they do to minimize the risk of injury?

Here’s my answer, now posted to YouTube:

In essence: Don’t try to kid-proof guns, but instead, gun-proof your kids by training them in the principles of gun safety.

Links mentioned in the webcast include:

Video: Fatherhood Should Be Voluntary

 Posted by on 21 June 2011 at 1:00 pm  Law, Parenting, Videocast
Jun 212011
 

In Sunday’s Rationally Selfish Webcast, I answered the following question about the child support obligations of unwilling fathers:

Should a man unwilling to be a father have to pay child support? Suppose that a man and a woman have sex, and the woman becomes pregnant — even though the couple used contraception based on a shared and expressed desire not to have children. If the woman decides to raise the baby, should she be able to collect child support from the man? What if they’d never discussed the possibility of pregnancy? What if they didn’t use any form of birth control?

Here’s my answer, now posted to YouTube:

No involuntary servitude! No involuntary parentude!

The policy paper mentioned in the video is The ‘Personhood’ Movement Is Anti-Life: Why It Matters that Rights Begin at Birth, Not Conception by Ari Armstrong and me.

Jun 142011
 

In Sunday’s Rationally Selfish Webcast, I answered the following question about how to respond to expressions of hatred for work:

How should I respond when people disparage their work? Often, people make comments about the great burden that work is — not in the sense that they’re unhappy with some problem in their current job, but that they resent the need to work at all. These are the kinds of people who live for weekends and vacations. I don’t feel that way about my work, and I think these people are missing so much in life. How can I respond to such casual remarks in a way that might make the person re-think their attitude?

Here’s my answer, now posted to YouTube:

Jun 092011
 

In Sunday’s Rationally Selfish Webcast, I answered the following question about whether to recycle or not:

Should I recycle? When I don’t have to go out of my way to recycle — if both bins are right in front of me, say — should I? And what if I am sharing an apartment with someone who will fish recyclables out of the trash and put them in the recycling bin? Are there cases where one should just recycle in order to avoid confrontations at home or work?

Here’s my answer, now posted to YouTube:

For more details on the economic efficiency (or lack thereof) of recycling consumer goods for raw materials, see Eight Great Myths of Recycling (PDF) by Daniel Benjamin — or rather, the updated version Recycling Myths Revisited (PDF).

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