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Darwin, the roots of words, etc

May 9, 2006 | By | 21 Replies More
Darwin, the roots of words, etc

I have had the opportunity to exchange email and links with a man named Josh, who I invited to visit this blog.   Josh’s initial comment was: “Thanks for the Invite! But I must say… you and I are in for many future debates!” I could also tell that Josh and I were different by looking […]

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Memory and Representation, Part 2

May 1, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Memory and Representation, Part 2

Another theme that came up during the Memory and Representation session at the recent Popular Culture Association convention in Atlanta was how using different names for things can shape our memory of events. For instance, labeling people as “heroes” may shift attention away from inquiries as to whether their deaths could have been prevented. I’m […]

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Memory and representation, or what is truth?

May 1, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Memory and representation, or what is truth?

I just (well, two weeks ago) got back from the Popular Culture Association national convention in Atlanta. Anyone who regularly attends academic conferences knows how alternately cutthroat and deadly dull they can be. Well, the PCA was a pleasant exception, with a minimum of backstabbing and a maximum of exchange of ideas. I hope to […]

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Which three books would most enhance Stone Age human survival?

April 8, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
Which three books would most enhance Stone Age human survival?

In the movie version of the H.G. Wells story, “The Time Machine,” the story ends with the Time Traveler disappearing into earth’s distant future, where the human species is not only living a primitive Stone Age existence, but is engaged in a life-and-death struggle against a violent competing species.  However, unlike the book version (found […]

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Metaphors everywhere; where is “pure reason”?

April 8, 2006 | By | Reply More
Metaphors everywhere; where is “pure reason”?

Many professionals (including many lawyers) believe that the careful use of “reason” cannot involve the use of one’s imagination. This is absolutely untrue.  The belief in “pure reason” has always and everywhere proven to be the source of great confusion among those who strive to use langage precisely. Responding to the Enlightenment claim that Reason […]

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