Archive for December 31st, 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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