MANY PEOPLE WOULD RATHER DIE THAN THINK; IN FACT, MOST DO. — BERTRAND RUSSELL

January 2011


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Plenty of fault in pre-recession years

This article presents an interesting look at what went wrong in the years leading up to the economic recession and unearths the dangers of financial deregulation advocated under former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and…


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SOTU: another meaningless gesture by GOP

Symbolic bipartisanship ≠ partisanship or progress. As a recent New York Times editorial noted: Mr. Obama’s speech (the State of the Union) offered a welcome contrast to all of the posturing that passes for business…



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The miracle of life: life

Came across this intriguing article today penned by author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. It’s intriguing because Dawkins again affirms why life is beautiful without any need to summon a deity to make it so….


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The real Jay Cutler

I happened upon an editorial piece this week by ESPN.com writer Rick Reilly, formerly a columnist with Sports Illustrated, in which Reilly criticizes Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler for his mostly aloof and flippant demeanor…




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Harris on the Ten Commandments

After finishing “Positivist Republic: Auguste Comte and the Reconstruction of American Liberalism, 1865-1920″ tonight, I began re-reading some passages from neuroscientist Sam Harris’ short but cutting critique of religion, “Letter to a Christian Nation,” in which…



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