Thank you to Matt Haverkamp over on The Digital Perm for tagging Reasonable Minds with the Thinking Blogger Award. Matt is plugged into the blogging community in a way that I’ll never be, so I’m flattered to know he thinks highly of this blog.
The purpose of the award is to spotlight blogs that inspire readers to think. As it happens, I’m listening to a fairly harsh critique of the blogosphere right now by Andrew Keen, and one of the more powerful arguments Keen makes is that the blogosphere allows us all to avoid thought by selecting only those sources of information — many of them unreliable — that are likely to leave our preconceived notions undisturbed. I’ll have more to say about that in a future post. Greg Kalscheur has also invited discussion on this blog about whether blogs are the enemy of thought. (I had to close comments on that post because of spammers (or are they sploggers?), which in itself might be a sort of commentary. If you feel like weighing in on the topic again please do so below.)
I think the real strength of the Reasonable Minds blog is its collaborative, conversational nature. That, of course, would not be possible without the amazing people who post and comment on this blog. Thoughtful individuals are a dime a dozen compared to thoughtful communities, and I’m very glad there are others who are as interested in the conversations that take place here.
Here are five blogs (OK, six) that make me think:
The Anchoress: This is the only blog on my list that is written by a single author. Maybe the freshness of her perspective comes from the ever-ancient, ever-new principles that form her worldview.
The Becker-Posner Blog: Relatively few posts per month, but all of them thoughtful; and the authors bring serious intellectual firepower.
First Things “On the Square”: This offshoot of the print publication uses the blog format so that numerous First Things contributors can comment on religious, political, or cultural developments in the manner pursued by the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus over the years in his columns for the print version.
The Mirror of Justice: In a sort of reverse-false advertising, MOJ describes itself as “A blog dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory.” But it is significantly more interesting, and perhaps more catholic, than that.
The Moderate Voice: Politics without a party line — which leaves room for thought. Thank goodness.
The Volokh Conspiracy: Eugene Volokh probably does not remember interviewing with me for an associate position in 1989 or so, but I remember it well. I guessed then that he was destined for great things, and he has assembled an excellent cast of commentators.
Thanks again to Matt for the tag, thanks to all of you for participating in the conversation at Reasonable Minds, and thanks to the other bloggers who make us think.