Larry Sanger

Online knowledge organizer. Co-founder of Wikipedia, Ph.D. Philosophy.

Irish Session Tune Tutorial

I play Irish-style fiddle—though I'm not really Irish to speak of, my Dad listened to this music and played it a bit when I was growing up, so I got to like it and was motivated to learn it when I was in grad school, and I've played ever since. Anyway, while practicing recently, it occurred to…

How I’m Reading the Bible in 90 Days

The Bible is easily the most influential book of Western literature. If you haven't read any part of it at all, you aren't educated, period. But, for that matter, if you haven't read it all the way through, then again you still have a massive hole in your education. That's what I told myself…

Launching Sanger Consulting

I'm announcing an Internet consulting business. Learn more at a new website: > sanger.io < I've consulted briefly with many companies over the years. Nobody seems disappointed. The thing that I can do possibly better than anyone is to give a complete analytical review of your…

Bold Predictions for the 2020s

Yeah, who knows what will really happen? But here are my predictions (i.e., wild guesses). The Jeffrey Epstein estate and Ghislaine Maxwell cases, as well as the Biden Ukraine case, and some as-yet-lesser-known cases, will rock the entire Western world for several years. Donald Trump will…

On the “God of the Gaps”

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo If God exists, he knows all the physical explanations of all the phenomena. From his point of view, there is no "God of the gaps." Hence our inability to explain something about the world is no reason to infer that God makes human-style arbitrary choices.…

On the Burning of an LGBTQ Flag

Last summer, Adolfo Martinez, 30, of Ames, Iowa, stole the LGBTQ pride flag hung above the entrance to the Ames United Church of Christ, and burned it in front of the nearby Dangerous Curves Gentleman's Club. He pled guilty to the crime—for which he was sentenced to 16 years in the state…

A Response to Jack Dorsey on Decentralizing Social Media

Jack, Let me begin by telling you (and my blog readers) a personal history of decentralizing social media and content generally. Decentralizing social media It began in January when I decided to lock down my cyber-life. Among the items on my "to do" list was: "Quit social media, or at least…

Why Pedophilia Is Evil

However it is defined, pedophilia is wrong; but beyond that, it is evil. In a deeply disturbing trend in the last few decades, pedophilia apologists have tried to soft-pedal the condemnation of this horrible crime and criminal ideation. They are very wrong. Here is why. Prefatory notes, July 13,…

A Celebration of Winsor McCay

My favorite illustrator ever, Winsor McCay (1869-1934), worked for decades as a newspaper political cartoonist, illustrator, and animator. I learned about McCay while browsing through books in the 1990s, I think it was, in a shop in Seattle's Fish Market, and I just stumbled upon a collection of…

Against Anti-Natalism

The anti-natalist's bête noir. Anti-natalism is the view that that human beings should not have children, because it is unethical to do so. Different reasons can be offered for this startling position, but the position I discuss in this essay specifies that life has negative value for those…