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A delightful description of self

A delightful description of self

In her review of Douglas Hofstadter’s new book (I Am a Strange Loop) in the May 3 edition of Nature, Susan Blackmore has this to say: At the age of 12 or so, it dawned on [Hofstadter] that consciousness is a peculiar kind of barrage that perceives itself and yet doesn’t believe it’s perceiving MRIs […]

June 20, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
Obstructing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Obstructing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

This is a detailed article by Expose, starting off with some of the excuses reporters hear: In 2005, the Associated Press collected and published a list of novel excuses government officials used to deny FOIA requests, many of which failed the “my dog ate my homework” test. The list included, in perhaps a first-of-its-kind denial, […]

June 20, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
What do American Christians believe?

What do American Christians believe?

Not in resurrection of the body, according to this Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll.  Only 36% believe in it.  This presents a problem for many theologians, since bodily resurrection is a prominent Christian teaching (see the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed): Only 36 percent of the 1,007 adults interviewed a month ago by the Scripps Survey Research […]

June 20, 2007 | By | 11 Replies More
Congress shows renewed support for public broadcasting

Congress shows renewed support for public broadcasting

As you can read at FreePress.net, the Senate appropriations subcommittee has provided $420 million in advance funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for FY 2010. Mirroring its House counterpart, this represents the first increase to this critical line-item in four years. The subcommittee also provided level funding of $29.7 million for the CPB Digital […]

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The Manichean worldview of George W. Bush

The Manichean worldview of George W. Bush

Why has the Administration of George W. Bush made so many enemies?  It comes from an early intellectual decision to view the world in terms of Good versus Evil.  This article in by Glenn Greenwald sums it up nicely.  Efforts to impose limits on waging war against Evil will themselves be seen as impediments to Good, if not […]

June 20, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
Paris Hilton goes to jail and other bites of word salad

Paris Hilton goes to jail and other bites of word salad

If you Google “Paris Hilton Jail” you’ll get 15 million hits. If you Google “Downing Street Memo” you’ll get only 800,000 hits. A terrifying real-world topic, “Greenland ice sheet,” will only return 900,000 hits. I suppose it’s because there are no videos of memos or glaciers having sex. What brought me to the topic of […]

June 19, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
Does anyone want to be the new Editorial Page Editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch?

Does anyone want to be the new Editorial Page Editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch?

Are they looking for someone with a conscience who will lead a team that will speak with passion and conscience?  Are they looking for someone who bases his or her writing on deep principles, letting the chips fall where they may?   Keep in mind that this is the modern version of the Post-Dispatch (see here and here and […]

June 19, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
A peek inside of the corrupt beltway media

A peek inside of the corrupt beltway media

At Salon.com, Glen Greenwald describes it like this: If even our Beltway media — rather, especially them — argues that criminality by government officials should not be punished, and that light should not be shined on what they do, then pervasive government corruption and deceit are inevitable. That is just obvious. And that is why […]

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Sam Harris and Chris Hedges on Truthdig.org

Sam Harris and Chris Hedges on Truthdig.org

This is a lively debate, as you might expect. You’ll can view the entire debate at Truthdig.org. Sam Harris opens the debate by arguing that there are only three types of arguments used by those defending religion: That a particular religion is true; That believing in religion is useful; or That atheist are immoral (and […]

June 18, 2007 | By | 11 Replies More