Daniel Lattier

Daniel Lattier

Senior Fellow

Dan is a former Senior Fellow at Intellectual Takeout. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (MN), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find his academic work at Academia.edu.

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Recent blog posts by this author

George Washington University Removing SAT/ACT Requirement

In high school, you were a voracious reader, had argumentation and writing skills superior to most of your classmates, and received good grades. But your standardized test scores were mediocre at best, and they hurt your college applications. For...

There’s Not a Googol of Anything in the Universe

File this under the “whodathunk?” category… My kids are obsessed with the number “Googol,” i.e., 10^100, or, a 1 followed by 100 zeroes. It always ends up being the climax of their silly enumeration back-and-forths (“Oh yeah, well you have a...

Not a Fan of the Term 'White Privilege'?

The term “white privilege” continues gaining influence in American discourse. One of the latest publicized appearance was on MTV's documentary—“White People.” But the concept of white privilege has also received a lot of backlash. Here’s a quick...

Who Was Right: Orwell or Huxley?

From the Foreword of Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, in which he compares the dystopian visions of George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World: “What Orwell feared were those...

Rome Abandoning Roman Numerals

The barbarian conquest continues. The Telegraph reports that the city of Rome will be abandoning the use of Roman numerals on "street signs, official documents, bills and identity cards," because they are “too complicated” for today’s people...

If You Want to Do Something Creative…

… you need a routine. There are many would-be creative people out there. They have an idea that they would like to take up something to serve as an outlet for that creativity, such as writing, painting, cooking, building furniture, or knitting....

Portland Diner Incident: They Were Both to Blame

By now, many of you have read about the incident. For many parents, it’s a worst nightmare scenario. A vacationing couple went out to breakfast at Marcy’s Diner in Portland, Maine, with their 2-year-old daughter. The 2-year-old began to scream, and...

Should the U.S. Legalize Polygamy?

The title of a piece in today’s New York Times poses the question: “Is Polygamy Next?” In it, University of Chicago law professor William Baude discusses the precedent for legalizing polygamy in America—a precedent created by the legalization of...

A 200 Year-Old Warning about Education in America

It was 1803, and America was just coming into its own. But Princeton professor Samuel Miller (1769-1850) saw trouble on the horizon in an increasingly utopian attitude toward education. In A Brief Retrospect of the Eighteenth Century he...

Aquinas’ 16 Steps to Becoming an Intellectual

An apprenticeship under a master is perhaps the best way to learn something. So it also goes with learning itself. If you want to become an intellectual, it helps to seek training from a master intellect. Undoubtedly, St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-...

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