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Which three books would most enhance Stone Age human survival?

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 […]

April 8, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
Metaphors everywhere; where is “pure reason”?

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

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 […]

April 6, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
The importance of pop quizzes

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 […]

April 5, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
Al Franken on Ann Coulter

Al Franken on Ann Coulter

What more can one say? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/al-franken/an-evening-with-ann-coult_b_18529.html http://midwestvaluespac.org/blog/156/an-evening-with-ann-coulter-with-full-speech

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Your share of the national debt

Your share of the national debt

We usually hear about “lies, damn lies, and statistics,” but, in the case of the US national debt, it’s more like “lies, damn lies, and more damn lies.”  Bush and Congressional Republicans campaigned on promises of fiscal restraint, but their promises have turned out to be even bigger lies than the ones they gave us about Iraq: According […]

April 5, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
Is It Important or Simply Well Attended?

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 […]

April 5, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
On Friendship, Virtue and Blogging

On Friendship, Virtue and Blogging

Aristotle wrote with great insight and clarity that maintaining friendships was a prerequisite to acting virtuously. For Aristotle, to act virtuously was necessarily to consciously act for the right reasons.  But doing this requires bringing our non-rational parts into harmony with the rational.  Further, finding this harmony requires self-knowledge that we are helpless to obtain […]

April 4, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Why So Much Weather?

Why So Much Weather?

A quick question, please.  Why does each local TV newscast have almost five minutes of weather?  I’m not talking about those days when a big snowstorm is about to hit.  I’m talking about a typical weather day.  Who makes the decision to beat mediocre weather into the ground each night, and why? I’ve discussed this […]

April 3, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More