Monthly Archives: February 2017

Zuckerberg and Harari

Mark Zuckerberg’s new Facebook manifesto has been much in the news lately; Vox’s Ezra Klein characterizes it as Mark Zuckerberg’s theory of human history. “History is the story of how we’ve learned to come together in ever greater numbers,” Zuckerberg … Continue reading

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Max Tegmark: Our Universe Has Finally Awoken

Every year the editor and agent John Brockman, who specializes in works by scientists, hosts an annual question at Edge.org, soliciting hundreds of brief essay responses, and then publishing them in a book. The responses are also posted on the … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Trump’s Lies; Right Wing Media; Christian Education Agenda; Blowfish Fallacy

Slate’s Will Oremus compiled The Lies, Exaggerations, and Obfuscations That Came Out of Trump’s Mouth While He Called the Media “Dishonest”. Bottom line: When Trump or his advisers say things that aren’t true, it’s not their fault; the real villains … Continue reading

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Rereading LORD OF THE FLIES

Even before the reaction to Tr*mp’s election brought renewed attention to the famous dystopian classics like Nineteen Eight-Four [that’s the proper, bibliographic, title; ‘1984’ is a sort of nickname] and Brave New World, I had contemplated returning to some of … Continue reading

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Zuckerman on Evangelical Immorality

Phil Zuckerman on The Immorality Of Evangelical Christians In The Age Of Trump. Donald Trump has proven himself – by the hour – as a cold, heartless lover of lies and hater of humanity. And 81% of white Evangelicals voted … Continue reading

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Anne Fadiman: EX LIBRIS

Here’s a pleasant, ‘occasional’ book of short essays about reading and books — a book about books. The author is the daughter of the famed Clifton Fadiman, an editor for Encyclopedia Britannica, an editor for Book-of-the-Month Club back in the … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Loyalty, Defiance, Imagined Realities

A revealing piece in today’s Slate: The Only Truth Is Trump, in which William Saleton reveals the subtext of Kellyanne Conway’s response to the Flynn debacle. His points: Loyalty within Trump’s circle is more important than loyalty to country. The … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Human Biases and Christian Superstition

Friendly Atheist: What Caused the Oroville Dam Crisis? Some Christians Online Blame CA Liberals for Defying God. Here in California our several years of drought have ended (at least in the northern part of the state) in so much rain … Continue reading

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A Vision of Possible Futures

Here’s a great video called Wanderers, by Erik Wernquest, that depicts visions of a future in which humanity has “conquered the solar system” in the words of this frame article at ScienceAlert.com. It’s narrated by Carl Sagan, whose introduction alludes … Continue reading

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Link and Comments: Facts v Emotions

Slate, Jess Zimmerman: It’s Time to Give Up On Facts — Or at least to temporarily lay them down in favor of a more useful weapon: emotions. Yet another article (by a former fact-checker) about how human mental biases deflect … Continue reading

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