Category Archives: Social Progress

Graduation

Today I finished, or ‘graduated,’ my cardiac therapy program. It went for 36 sessions (the most that insurance covers, apparently), and began the Wednesday after Labor Day, but what with the facility’s shutdown for a month due to plumbing issues, … Continue reading

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Links & Quotes: Spy Stories; Secularism

Janis Ian (the singer, who I follow on Facebook), offered this David Bowie quote the other day: “As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time … Continue reading

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L&Cs: About Religious History, Defined by Europeans

Until the late 19th century, there were only four religions, according to Europeans.

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L&Cs: Learning from Others; A Universal Education

Americans mostly resist considering what other countries in the world are doing that objectively makes their economies better, or their health and prosperity higher, than the US’s, because Americans are “exceptional,” and, like, the greatest country ever. I suspect most … Continue reading

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Ls&Cs: A Few Recent Headlines

Investing; astrology and narcissism; fear as self-defense; insurgency in America.

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Ls&Cs: Recognizing Asians; War on Democracy; Global Government

Conservative outrage about recognizing Asians; the Republican war on democracy; the faded dream of a global government to solve worldwide problems.

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L&Qs&Cs: Innumeracy and Covid

Humans are intuitively not good at proportions and other statistical concepts, but those concepts can be taught. They are not, and politicians and partisan news sources use public misunderstanding of these concepts to their advantage.

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Ls&Cs: Religion vs Science; Freedom; Feudalism

Plain speaking about the obvious conflict between science and religion; about the idea of freedom without responsibility; about the odd attraction of feudalism in fantasy and science fiction.

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Ls&Cs: Stuff, Terms, Panics, Rules

Maybe we should all just buy less stuff. How citizenship has given way to consumerism. Why partisans deliberately confuse terms like expenses and investments. And how some rewrite history in support of ideological narratives.

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Ls&Cs: Utopias; Crises; Paranoia

A sidebar article in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine interviews Rutger Bregman. How to Think Like a Utopian. Bregman is a young Dutch historian who wrote UTOPIA FOR REALISTS (which I blogged about here) and more recently HUMANKIND: A … Continue reading

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