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Hard & Soft Sciences–or perhaps the Simple and Complex Sciences..

My good friend Brent and I have had an ongoing discussion for many years about perceptions and labels for the sciences–i.e. the the natural and the social sciences.   In our society, the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology,..) are preeminent–and they … Continue reading

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The Frost Giants have landed–so bring your axes…

They landed on Monday and were here through Tuesday–and then many of them fled to the east. Not all, of course… but at least we are now back to normal winter temperatures that are at least above zero during the … Continue reading

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Quickie on Happiness–Extraverted and Introverted measures

Today I saw this in Andrew Sullivan’s blog.  It’s not the first time he’s talked about it–and he’s not pushing any particular viewpoint–and his place is not the only one that I’ve seen the discourse about it. After going to … Continue reading

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5 year plan.

I have these ideas. Or rather–I observe/grok something.. (I would be hard-pressed to distinguish whether this is really a perception-driven phenomenon or a reflection-induced realization… or whether there is any time lag between them… ) and then I try to … Continue reading

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Nice and Kind

Be nice. Or maybe.. Be kind. But which is it?  Are they the same?  Or are they subtly different? Say both out loud. When I say “be nice”–it means something that usually entails a kind of rebuke that implies that … Continue reading

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Meaning of Meaning…

So. I talk about meaning.  A LOT. Yes.. I know… and I have long talked about it.  I talked about it ages ago on LJ where I contrasted “meaning” with “truth,” and noted that the two seemed to be mostly … Continue reading

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Quick Post–FINALLY A PHILOSPHER WHO MAKES SENSE!

Seriously, this 5 minute interview with A. C. Grayling was the first thing in the NYTimes’ modern philosophy column that has even begun to make any sort of sense to me. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t try to make an overarching … Continue reading

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Chipping away at the Philosopher’s Stone

Okay, so I must admit that I almost always really get ticked the fuck off when I read the most recent attempt at the New York Times to include the field of philosophy into modern discourse in the form of … Continue reading

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When Central Governments are Kinda Helpful

Looking at this map: Horn of Africa Famine Information–Summer 2011 … one can discern some interesting information.. or at least make some interesting inferences.  As Andrew Sullivan has noted here, the true level of “famine” stops at the Somali border–not … Continue reading

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Words and their Applications

So.. let me talk about words and arguments before the day gets moving and I have no more time to write. I like words. I didn’t always like them though. When I was a kid, words were perhaps my least … Continue reading

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