Author Archive: Erich Vieth

Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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The importance of pop quizzes

April 5, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
The importance of pop quizzes

You’ve just noticed several people carrying signs that say “Down with Ice Cream.”   You approach them to ask what is so bad about ice cream.  After listening to them for a few minutes, it becomes clear to you that there is a misunderstanding.  To them, the phrase “ice cream” actually means kicking dogs.  They are against kicking […]

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Al Franken on Ann Coulter

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Al Franken on Ann Coulter

What more can one say? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/al-franken/an-evening-with-ann-coult_b_18529.html http://midwestvaluespac.org/blog/156/an-evening-with-ann-coulter-with-full-speech

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Is It Important or Simply Well Attended?

April 5, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Is It Important or Simply Well Attended?

Tens of thousands of people flow into the stadium in anticipation of the big game.  Thousands more people read about the “big” game in the following day’s paper.  The headline: “46,239 Fans Attend Big Game.” But would that big game be “big” if only a few people showed up?  Or would it be just highly […]

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On Friendship, Virtue and Blogging

April 4, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
On Friendship, Virtue and Blogging

Aristotle wrote with great insight and clarity that maintaining friendships was a prerequisite to acting virtuously. For Aristotle, to act virtuously was necessarily to consciously act for the right reasons.  But doing this requires bringing our non-rational parts into harmony with the rational.  Further, finding this harmony requires self-knowledge that we are helpless to obtain […]

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Why So Much Weather?

April 3, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
Why So Much Weather?

A quick question, please.  Why does each local TV newscast have almost five minutes of weather?  I’m not talking about those days when a big snowstorm is about to hit.  I’m talking about a typical weather day.  Who makes the decision to beat mediocre weather into the ground each night, and why? I’ve discussed this […]

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Politicians Speaking Publicly Versus Privately

April 3, 2006 | By | Reply More
Politicians Speaking Publicly Versus Privately

What if a co-worker told you both of the following things:  A) She was leaving the company to take a new job; and B) She was not leaving the company to take a new job. You would probably assume that she was playing a joke on you or that she was struggling with an illness […]

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Finding Function in “Wasteful” Human Activities

April 3, 2006 | By | Reply More
Finding Function in “Wasteful” Human Activities

In 1997, Amotz and Avishag Zahavi published a remarkable book:  The Handicap Principle: A Missing Piece of Darwin’s Puzzle.  The theme of the book, substantiated by the authors by use of dozens of case studies of animals in the wild, is twofold: In order to be effective, signals have to be reliable, and In order […]

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Be Conscious of Your Unconscious to Set you Free

April 2, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Be Conscious of Your Unconscious to Set you Free

A lot of people are beating up on old Sigmund Freud these days.  More than a century ago, however, Freud hit a particular ball out of the park and it’s still sailing:  he concluded that many important thought processes are unconscious.  In Philosophy in the Flesh (1999), Mark Johnson and George Lakoff listed some of the […]

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On Asking a Very Smart God to Change His Ways

March 31, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
On Asking a Very Smart God to Change His Ways

Why Pray?  Perhaps my previous post sounded a bit harsh.  Why “mock” those who call upon their Creator for a bit of help in a time of need? Skeptics have obvious reasons for doubting the power of prayer, but it seems to me that Believers should have even stronger reasons to avoid bothering God with […]

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