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Regarding local television “news”

June 12, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
Regarding local television “news”

In May, 2005, I was among the more than 2,500 media reformers from across the country who attended the National Conference for Media Reform in St. Louis.  The conference was sponsored by Freepress.  The presenters included Amy Goodman, Phil Donahue, Bill Moyers, Robert W. McChesney and George Lakoff.  It was an extraordinary event. Much of […]

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The importance of false and oxymoronic religious claims

June 4, 2006 | By | 5 Replies More
The importance of false and oxymoronic religious claims

Quite often, our use of language is puzzling, indeed.  For instance, we often walk up to each other asking, “How are you doing?” or “what’s happening?” when we would be annoyed if the person we addressed tried to answer our question.  We spend a lot of time talking about the weather when it really doesn’t affect […]

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Where is the consistency in Republican positions?

June 3, 2006 | By | Reply More
Where is the consistency in Republican positions?

In a past post, Grumpypilgrim asked : “Why do the two parties divide the issues the way they do, and who decided that the issues should be divided the way they are?” I’ve often wondered that too.   After all, you would think that the “pro life” Republicans would also be against capital punishment.  You might think […]

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Good news on Internet neutrality

May 26, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Good news on Internet neutrality

This, from http://www.freepress.net/ :  A bipartisan majority on the House Judiciary Committee yesterday passed the “Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act” — a good bill that would use antitrust law to protect Network Neutrality. Special thanks to those of you who called the key members who cast the deciding votes. The question before us is simple: Will […]

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The Brain is not a Computer.

May 18, 2006 | By | 31 Replies More
The Brain is not a Computer.

How often do you hear someone say that the brain is a computer?  This statement is not literally true. The brain is certainly not like a desktop computer. Brains don’t look like computers; there’s no CPU in the head.  Neurons aren’t all wired together to an executive control center.  Human brains have a massively parallel […]

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How We Really Think About Religion and Politics: The Power of Metaphors

May 17, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
How We Really Think About Religion and Politics: The Power of Metaphors

And so these men of Indostan Disputed loud and long, Each in his own opinion Exceeding stiff and strong, Though each was partly in the right, And all were in the wrong! The above is an excerpt from “The Blind Men and the Elephant,” a poem on which John Godfrey re-told an ancient Indian fable […]

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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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