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More information is not necessarily better

January 27, 2009 | By | 6 Replies More
More information is not necessarily better

I thought it was just me.

Over the past few months, while reading some of the comments here at DI and at several forums that I frequent, I’ve been noticing that there seems to be LESS consensus on the hot topics of our time rather than more.

That doesn’t seem right. With the wealth of information on the internet literally at our fingertips shouldn’t we all be better informed than ever before?

Not so, says Clive Thompson in a recent issue of Wired magazine. In fact he has the stats to back it up!

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Science and Religion: Differences?

January 7, 2009 | By | 17 Replies More
Science and Religion: Differences?

We have all been through one cycle after another of debate with someone who insists that science is a religion. This is a tiresome argument on one level because it is one with all sorts of things that fall under the category of “I know it when I see it.”  But on another level, it’s […]

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A Few Quotes To Start The Year Off

January 2, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More
A Few Quotes To Start The Year Off

This first is something for all of us to contemplate when engaging each other in debate. Since logic and sensibility do not coincide, and since both have legitimate claims upon our decision, the great and recurring debate about century boundaries simply cannot be resolved.  Some questions have answers because obtainable information decrees a particular conclusion….Some […]

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2009, finally!

January 1, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
2009, finally!

I haven’t posted here in a loooong time.  So sorry – but have been in the midst of life and starting a blog of my own, which covers more parenting stuff, just life stuff, than anything.  I have committed to a group of friends to write a post a day for all of 2009, and […]

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Koan

December 27, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More
Koan

A note I jotted to myself sometime in the past.  I don’t recall the circumstances, but the question posed feels universal. The spiritualists cringe and argue against any description of self-conscious life as mechanism, that any mere machine is necessarily only an accumulation of parts and processes that can never rise above its own origins.  […]

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What is a human “body”?

December 23, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
What is a human “body”?

In his 2008 book, The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding, philosopher Mark Johnson makes a strong argument that “meaning is grounded in the body” (p. 274). That assertion, however, invites the question: “What is a human “body”? Johnson implores us to not slip into mind/body dualism. He also warns us not to […]

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He’s/She’s doing “computer work.”

December 18, 2008 | By | 5 Replies More
He’s/She’s doing “computer work.”

Isn’t it time that we do away with the sentence, “He/She is doing computer work?”  It made sense 20 years ago, when everyone was spending inordinate amounts of time trying to get their computers to work at all.  But now we use our computers to actually accomplish an amazing variety of specific tasks, such as: […]

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Labels, Living, Categories, Culture

December 4, 2008 | By | Reply More
Labels, Living, Categories, Culture

Here is a link to an excellent essay by two of my best friends.  It talks about how labeling plays out in both art and real life and how labels are both irrelevant and destructive. I attended that workshop they refer to, Clarion, and that’s where I met them.  That was in 1988.  It was […]

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The Morning After An Eight Year One Night Stand

November 5, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More
The Morning After An Eight Year One Night Stand

In the dim light of the bar, it seemed like such a good idea.  Things had been dull, though financially there’d been some improvement.  Time to relax, maybe have a fling.  The stranger sauntered over, holding a longneck, and leaned against the counter, smiled, and said “Hi.  Come here often?” “Used to.  Looks a little […]

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