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On The Shared Universe Problem

What is the difference between writers in the past and writers of the past? The people of history did not view themselves as living in the past, but rather they were living in the present and were not burdened with … Continue reading

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Short Circuit

I recently finished reviewing a book where it was obvious to me that the author’s passion for his subject and his anger about what he viewed as negative political trends short-circuited his capacity for reasoned argument. Now, to be sure, … Continue reading

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The Triumph Of Meaningless Choices

Sometimes it does not matter what side one picks. One of the triumphs of contemporary American business culture is the way that an artificial conflict being pit between two sides to try to hype up hostility in fact serves the … Continue reading

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You Don’t Have A View Of The Truth Through Your Overton Window

Our pastor gave a fiery sermon this past Sabbath about the importance of truth and its elusiveness in contemporary society. The truth is often elusive, not least because there are a great many people who have an active interest in … Continue reading

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The Rules Of The Sky Are Written In Blood

Recently I have found a great deal of interest in watching flight disasters, and seeing what has to go wrong in order for disaster to happen on planes. In the course of these discussions of various disasters and near-disasters, it … Continue reading

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Is The Ship Still Stuck, Or How I Learned How To Stop Complaining And Started To Change The Way I Thought About Being Stuck

For the last few days, like many people, I have been greatly amused by the saga of ship that has gotten stuck in the Suez Canal, thus shutting down one of the world’s most commonly used trade routes, to the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Improvement Of The Estate

The Improvement Of The Estate: A Study Of Jane Austen’s Novels, by Alistair M. Duckworth Although this book is by no means a new study, it remains one of the more important studies of Austen’s novels because it takes her … Continue reading

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On Asymmetries Of Understanding

Earlier this evening, I saw a twitter post from an online acquaintance that stated that this person could not understand those who did not support euthanasia. I happen to be one of those people, and it struck me that the … Continue reading

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Religious In Spite Of Ourselves

It is remarkable just how few people want to be considered religious. Even people who, by any definition of the word belong to organized religious groups with whom they attend religiously and which have organized clergy, formal liturgy, and well-defined … Continue reading

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Civilized Masks

One of the striking aspects of humanity is that we all to some extent, wear masks. These masks are worn for a variety of reasons. Sometimes we wear masks to protect ourselves, to present ourselves as being less vulnerable than … Continue reading

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