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Wither Thou Goest…

May 3, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Wither Thou Goest…

Since the trial in Dover, PA over Intelligent Design, it must be obvious hat nothing was really settled other than a specific legal question.  I think it would be a good idea for every one interested in this issue to find and read the decision handed down by the judge.  But the furor shall continue.  […]

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Benjamin Franklin’s essay about Native Americans

April 30, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
Benjamin Franklin’s essay about Native Americans

Erich’s post about George Washington and not prejudging the opposition reminded me of a superb essay written by Benjamin Franklin about Native Americans, titled: “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America” (1784). The essay is reproduced below and I think it illustrates why Mr. Franklin is considered one of America’s most important individuals. ====================================== Savages […]

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Balancing Moral Dilemmas on Top of Our Everyday STUFF

April 22, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Balancing Moral Dilemmas on Top of Our Everyday STUFF

Interesting missive, that moral rules, dirty secret, thing.  Got me thinking.  I am one of those people with too much stuff.  I’m also one of those people who would just as soon give money or time to kids on the other side of the world as pay my own bills, but that’s a different problem […]

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Framing the abortion debate (part 1): What is the missing premise?

April 20, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Framing the abortion debate (part 1):  What is the missing premise?

A logical argument, known as a syllogism, looks like this:      PREMISE 1:  All dogs have wet noses.      PREMISE 2:  Max is a dog.      CONCLUSION:  Max has a wet nose. Easy, right?  Now, let’s see what happens when we remove one of the premises:      PREMISE 1:  All dogs have wet noses.      […]

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No Faith? But that’s no good, either . . .

April 18, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
No Faith?  But that’s no good, either . . .

I love that there are people like Erich Vieth in the world, people who take the time to refute dangerous “fact” spouters like the Creationists who got themselves powered up to the top of the Google listings for vestigial organs.  I love that he researches so thoroughly and carefully points out the enormous flaws in what […]

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Would a deadline for troop withdrawal create fewer American dead?

April 16, 2006 | By | Reply More
Would a deadline for troop withdrawal create fewer American dead?

One of the Sunday morning pundits today (4/16/06) made an excellent point.  He observed that President Bush has refused to give a firm date for withdrawing US troops from Iraq, because, Bush says, such an action would embolden the terrorists to just wait us out.  However, Bush then ignored this principle when he mentioned that the […]

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Why does “irreducible complexity” sometimes demand a creator and sometimes not?

April 14, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Why does “irreducible complexity” sometimes demand a creator and sometimes not?

So here’s my question:  creationists (a subset of Fundamentalist Christians) claim that life on earth is too “irreducibly complex” to have arisen spontaneously, without an “intelligent designer,” so how do they explain the existence of God, who is, presumably, infinitely more “complex” than any life on earth?  Was God designed by a yet more “intelligent” supernatural […]

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On Feeling Frustration With My Culture –

April 3, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
On Feeling Frustration With My Culture –

     I returned from China two weeks ago, after a three-week trip to three cities, two of which I spent over a week visiting.  I have little recollection of the first couple of days home, swathed in a jet-lagged fog as I must have been.  I had, as a friend’s daughter describes it, “jet legs.” […]

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Modern Heroes and Modern Politicians

March 21, 2006 | By | Reply More
Modern Heroes and Modern Politicians

When did careful planning and execution become un-cool in real life? Probably about the same time it became un-cool in Hollywood.  Think how the American hero has evolved. He used to be smart, principled and disciplined.  Not anymore.  Where we used to have student-of-the-game Ted Williams, we now have Barry Bonds.  Where we used to […]

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