Archive for December, 2006

The Edge annual question — 2007: “What Are You Optimistic About? Why?”

| December 31, 2006 | 1 Reply
The Edge annual question — 2007: “What Are You Optimistic About? Why?”

I have already read about 15 of these short essays published by Edge.  It’s hard to stop, because the answers are especially thoughtful and well-articulated. Daniel Dennett’s response is representative of the quality of these responses.  Here is an excerpt from Dennett’s response, entitled: “The Evaporation of the Powerful Mystique of Religion.” I’m so optimistic […]

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The risk of failing to put pursuit of truth first

| December 31, 2006 | 9 Replies
The risk of failing to put pursuit of truth first

“He who begins by loving Christianity more than Truth, will proceed by loving his sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Aids to Reflection, “Moral and Religious Aphorisms,” no. 25 (1825)

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Maybe Bush has already achieved victory in Iraq

| December 31, 2006 | 5 Replies
Maybe Bush has already achieved victory in Iraq

A friend of mine recently gave me a disturbing scenario:  what if Iraq has descended into civil war because Bush and his neo-con puppetmasters want it that way?  What if Bush’s repeated failures to end the violence aren’t failures at all, but rather the desired result?  Consider:  the continued violence keeps federal money pouring into […]

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Sneezing Panda

| December 30, 2006 | 1 Reply
Sneezing Panda

No, I’m not speaking metaphorically. See here.

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I love the taste of pork, but I wish I didn’t

| December 30, 2006 | 4 Replies
I love the taste of pork, but I wish I didn’t

Not after reading this article about pig-farming in Rolling Stone. This is the teaser at the top of the article: America’s top pork producer churns out a sea of waste that has destroyed rivers, killed millions of fish and generated one of the largest fines in EPA history. Welcome to the dark side of the […]

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Death to the death penalty

| December 30, 2006 | 5 Replies
Death to the death penalty

According to this article about Saddam’s execution, “Iraq’s death penalty was suspended by the U.S. military after it toppled Saddam in 2003, but the new Iraqi government reinstated it two years later, saying executions would deter criminals.” Deter criminals?  Since Iraq reinstated the death penalty in 2005, the murder rate in Baghdad has risen so high […]

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Why did only a few of us oppose the Iraq invasion?

| December 30, 2006 | 2 Replies
Why did only a few of us oppose the Iraq invasion?

This question is misleading.  In 2003, approximately 40% of us opposed the invasion.   But it felt like there were only a handful of us. I was looking through my 2003 writings to recall my rational for opposing the Iraq invasion.  I don’t see that I wrote anything much about Iraq back then.  I do remember thinking […]

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U.S. Park Service refuses to admit the age of the Grand Canyon

| December 29, 2006 | 13 Replies
U.S. Park Service refuses to admit the age of the Grand Canyon

According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the U.S. National Park Service won’t admit the well-established age of the Grand Canyon. Why?  Because our National Park Service doesn’t want to offend young earth creationists.  Here’s the well-established geological story: The principal consensus among geologists is that the Colorado River basin (of which the Grand Canyon is a […]

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The Media (which media? THE Media!)

| December 29, 2006 | 11 Replies
The Media (which media?  THE Media!)

This age.  Bizarre.  Part of the bizarreness rests in how much we actually know about it.  We swim in a deepening sea of information.  How to cope?  We compartmentalize.  So, though, do those providing us the information, and therein lies another problem, which is a question of integration. Recently at a holiday gathering with my […]

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