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Rational Anarchism

In his 1966 novel, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, science-fiction Grand Master Robert A. Heinlein relates how the inhabitants of a colony on the moon carry out a revolution with the aid of a self-aware computer.. During a discussion … Continue reading

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Physics vs. Metaphysics

There was a time when there was no conflict between science and religion in the popular mind of the West. It was accepted, at least on the surface, by everyone that the Universe was created by and ruled by God(s), … Continue reading

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Death and Dying

My mother’s 85th birthday was last week, and I traveled the 1500 miles home to celebrate with her; my mother is one of  my best friends. We laugh a lot, together, enjoy each other’s company, and enjoy our intelligent conversations…and … Continue reading

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Plato’s Cave

Plato’s Cave is from a story in book seven of Plato’s Republic. The postulate is, in short, that for people living in a cave all their lives, information from outside must seem like a fantasy. All they know is life … Continue reading

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Brief Comments on the Passing Times

I am finding it hard to come up with topics to write about these days; we seem to be at some sort of political hiatus, waiting for some things to end, some things to begin. In addition, I really do … Continue reading

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Jefferson Got It Wrong; The Relationship Between The Majority And The Minority In A Democracy

Harry Jaffa has an interesting discussion in Opinion Journal on the relationship between the majority and minority in a Democracy, especially in relationship to our efforts to help Democracy bloom in Iraq. It raises the question of what rights a … Continue reading

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On Being A Man

We have spent more than a few years, over the past few decades, discussing the role of women in society. We have women’s studies departments in the major universities, reams of books on “glass ceilings” and how to “have it … Continue reading

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