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Good Friday – Good Grief!

April 14, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
Good Friday – Good Grief!

I was raised Roman Catholic. Many things about the church puzzled me, Good Friday perhaps being the most puzzling of Holy Days.   On the lighter side, the kids at Catholic school insisted that it always rained on Good Friday, usually in the afternoon while Jesus was dying on the cross.  Whenever it did rain this was […]

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The true importance of Diversity

April 13, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
The true importance of Diversity

. . .  To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. Star Trek Mission Statement When I hear the term “diversity” I become suspicious.  For many people, diversity refers to the mechanical process of gathering different-looking people and assuming that doing […]

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The Curse of Fungible Dollars

April 11, 2006 | By | 17 Replies More
The Curse of Fungible Dollars

A friend recently gave me a ticket to a hockey game.  I couldn’t help but noticing the high cost of tickets; the average ticket costs $50.  Mark Manary, a WUSM pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, is saving the lives of children in Malawi with peanut butter. His revolutionary new method for treating starving children […]

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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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Proposed Amended Ten Commandments

April 6, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
Proposed Amended Ten Commandments

I hereby propose a new version of the Ten Commandments.    1    Choose and follow a version of the golden rule.  Note in your heart that golden rules have appeared in the writings of many cultures, including Jewish, Buddhist, Confucian and Ancient Egyptian.   2.   Never publicly advocate that one’s own version of a supernatural God is truer […]

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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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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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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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