Daily Archives: February 5, 2019

On The Manichean Worldview Of Cannabis Enthusiasts

Quite appropriately, my thoughts on cannabis are similar to my thoughts on Canibus the rapper.  I think that they are good in some ways but that they have far too many enthusiastic fans who exaggerate their claims of greatness and … Continue reading

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On The Planning And Logistics Of Epic Journeys

One of the more enjoyable sets of experiences that I have in the course of the year is first to plan and then to execute epic journeys with my mother and stepfather.  For the last three years we have been … Continue reading

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Book Review: The End Of Modern History In The Middle East

The End Of Modern History In The Middle East, by Bernard Lewis The author considers himself both conservative and pessimist, at least as far as human development in the Middle East is concerned, and I find that I cannot fault … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Crisis Of Islam

The Crisis Of Islam:  Holy War And Unholy Terror, by Bernard Lewis This is precisely the sort of book about Islam that it is vital for Westerners to read, for it is easy for people to take the claims of … Continue reading

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Book Review: What Went Wrong?

What Went Wrong?:  Western Impact And Middle Eastern Response, by Bernard Lewis In this short but powerful book, the author manages to explore a question that is likely on the mind of many people in the Near East, and that … Continue reading

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