Three Common Misunderstandings of Fiat

“Fiat” is a Latin word meaning “Let it be done.” In debate, “fiat” refers to a debater’s right to assume that her advocacy will happen. In other words, when a debater runs a plan or a counterplan, she does not have to argue that the plan is likely to happen. She needs only to argue […]


Boredom? ADHD?

John Plotz in the New York Times: Their Noonday Demons, and Ours These days, when we try to get a fix on our wasted time, we use labels that run from the psychological (distraction, “mind-wandering” or “top-down processing deficit”) to the medical (A.D.H.D., hypoglycemia) to the ethical (laziness, poor work habits). But perhaps “acedia” is […]