Beethoven: Not a Good Argument Against Abortion

Have you ever heard the Beethoven argument against abortion? It runs something like this: “If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion? You would? Well congratulations — you just killed Beethoven!” I have heard this argument used many times as an argument against abortion and I must say it tends to leaves me with a […]

IPPR and the art of holding two contradictory thoughts

I try, as a rule, not to hold too many contradictory thoughts in my head at any one time, since such things are bound to cause headaches. I’m sure I have many failures, but if I do ever catch myself having such contradictions going on, I try to sit down with a strong coffee and do my best to work out which one of the thoughts is wrong. Well one of them must be, mustn’t it? Of course it’s possible […]