Monthly Archives: June 2019

On Analogy And Identity In Biblical Interpretation

From time to time I have pondered the question of how we should best interpret the Bible, and what principles work the best for understanding the Bible well, including an awareness of the importance of both near and whole biblical … Continue reading

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Book Review: Winners Take All

Winners Take All:  The Elite Charade Of Changing The World, by Anand Giridharadas This is a book that does both more and less than the author intends it to.  On the one hand, the author is trying very hard to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Loonshots

Loonshots:  How To Nurture The Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, And Transform Industries, by Safi Bahcall In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Originals

Originals:  How Non-Conformists Move The World, by Adam Grant There is a moment in this book where my own opinion of the book and its author turned a bit sour.  A discussion of the training of political revolutionaries in Serbia … Continue reading

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Homo Economicas In His Natural Habitat

It is one of the more lamentable but also more obvious aspects of human existence that the interests of people trump the political goals and intentions of various rules and regulations.  Over and over again, we see governments attempt to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shotguns And Stagecoaches

Shotguns And Stagecoaches:  The Brave Men Who Rode For Wells Fargo In The Wild West, by John Boessenecker One of the remarkable aspects to reading a book like this one is the way that it serves as a counterpoint to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Wagonmasters

The Wagonmasters:  High Plains Freighting From The Earliest Days Of The Santa Fe Trail To 1880, by Henry Pickering Walker This sort of book recognizes that logistics is not a particularly sexy subject and aims its attention at those who … Continue reading

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Book Review: Stagecoach

Stagecoach:  Wells Fargo And The American West, by Philip L. Fradkin I wonder if the author got any discount off of his mortgage with Norwest and Wells Fargo for writing this book.  I found it interesting that before this work … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Lesson In Creativity From New Jersey 11th Graders

During the spring of 2011, shortly before moving to Thailand, I had a job as a scorer for the written exams of New Jersey 11th graders that year, who all had to answer in essay form a question involving peanut … Continue reading

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With A Firm Sense Of Justice

Frequently I comment on the messages that are given at services on the Sabbath, after I have had some time to reflect and ruminate on them a little bit, and I would like to do so today as well.  Yesterday … Continue reading

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