What the Film “Her” Says About Bystander Apathy: Probably Not What You Think

In the film Her, a lonely soon-to-be-divorced man falls in love with his artificially intelligent operating system. Film critics almost uniformly praised the film, while everyday reviews have been extraordinarily mixed (see Amazon and Netflix). But across all these reviews, a commonly accepted theme in the film was that our advances in technology are desocializing […]

Slogan #2: Explaining Does Not Mean Excusing

Suppose one behaves badly, even criminally, or in a way that has negative consequences. To “explain” this behavior is to provide details about its causes, whereas to “excuse” this behavior is to remove one’s blame or responsibility for having behaved that way. Logically and semantically these are separate constructs. Yes, depending on the “details” in […]