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Young Earth Activists and the Gap Theory

Folks are working very hard to “prove” their “faith” is “scientific.” I had no idea it was such a massive industry.  A Facebook comment today on this story, “Vi Simpson: The Woman Who Punked The Radical Republicans in the Indiana State Senate and Their Creationist Bill,” alerted me to this.  The commenter went to a […]

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Jay Greene and Roland Fryer–Clearing a Path for “Liberal” Eugenics

First, Jay Greene makes 150k per annum from WalMart graft through his assignment as the Chief for Change in the Educational Propaganda Department at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; likely he gets “scholarships” and speaking fees and free vacations from any number of ALEC-related,  Jeb Bush “emceed” events; but, because this is not enough, […]

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Sunday Sermon: Spirituality Replaces the Unknown, like always

Today, as it is Sunday, the newspaper offers content to match the world of religious observance.  In “Losing their religion: Young people rejecting organized worship at an unprecedented rate” (pay-wall) we discover several things about “young people” and the oldsters who are concerned for them. Primarily, we discover an “emblematic” type of young person–here is […]

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The Egalitarian Eagerness of Promethean Fire: The One Story

Here’s my take on the how the world unfolds. We are moving toward climate disaster. We are moving toward global cultural “synchronization.” We are moving toward global mercenary militarization. We are moving toward a “burning” earth. We are moving toward the end. I am less than hopeful that a catastrophe that is truly Biblical will […]

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Facilitating First Impressions: Education and theTechnological Teat

A book will “drop” at the end of the month called “Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World,”.  At the link is a brief interview with the author where he makes one point that must be clear to us by now, “first impressions” are of questionable merit, at best, “dangerous” and damaging at worst. […]

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Clinical Trials and the Cultural Mania for Torture

I am against clinical trials. Rather, I am against clinical trials as they are now conceived and implemented. I am against the mass “treatment” of the desperately ill via the marketing of hope (and often one of “only hope”). I have no stats and I’ll certainly update this next contention should someone share some valid […]

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Robot Ethics: Gesture Without Motion

Robot Ethics?  No such thing of course.  But, here’s the problem, there are robots, there are drones, there are killing machines and spying machines already in operation everywhere (yes, everywhere), some of which are in automated attack mode and make their own “strategic decisions.”  So there is or must be an ethics applied to the […]

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Better Angels on Black Ships: Is There Evidence of Moral Progress?

Update Below: Pinker in 2000 Steven Pinker, language guru, descendant and somewhat apostate of Chomsky, has written a book about the “progress” of human morality measured via a reduction of wars and war casualties called The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. In a Salon “Recommends” piece (“Writers choose their favorite books […]

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Those Who Push These Plans…In the Name of Security

kheel center, cornell university

Conference on Internet Freedom Remarks Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Fokker Terminal The Hague, Netherlands December 8, 2011 Excerpts: After all, the right to express one’s views, practice one’s faith, peacefully assemble with others to pursue political or social change – these are all rights to which all human beings are entitled, whether they […]

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Human Potential, Time Discipline and Post-Edenic Mind

There is only rendering, the rendered, upon which there is thought. This is the basis of our understanding of mind.  Ruskin, Freud, Proust…Bernays, Goebbels, Gossage and so on. In one sense there is an undiscovered country which is not death, but memory in as expansive a form as you can imagine.  We can seek to […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]