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Remembering, Forgetting, and Irony: Thinking About Kundera

February 18, 2013

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According to his translators, Milan Kundera writes, “remembering is a form of forgetting.” Why? Remembering is always a reconstruction and, eventually, a construction. Remembering can’t reproduce an experience. At best, it refers to it. Eventually, remembering creates a wholly different experience, with almost no connection to the original experience. Kundera also sets immediate experience — […]

One Meaning of Christmas: If Redemption is the Hope, Why Are We So Conservative?

December 25, 2012

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I was thinking about Christmas, yesterday. It lead to a question I can’t easily answer. Maybe you can help. For me, the core meaning of Christmas is redemption. From a religious perspective, it’s the ritual that marks the beginning of humanity’s redemption. On this day, light was sent into a world of darkness to save […]

The Irrationality of More Rather Than Fewer Nanoseconds of Life and the Extinction of Our Species.

July 3, 2012

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On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero. This is also true of a species, including our own. Rationally speaking, it should make no difference to me whether or not I live one nanosecond longer because, once I am dead, my experience of that nanosecond dies with me. From this […]

Righting All Wrongs: There’s No Single Way To Do It.

May 21, 2012

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In the face of a wrong, shortcoming, failure, or problem, there really are only three plausible responses. Pretend the wrong doesn’t exist. Address it indirectly. Address it directly. While it’s tempting to claim that, in every instance of wrong, one should always and only respond in one way, in fact, any of the three responses […]

On the Coercions of Our Species: I Say, Tomato; You Say, Hate Crime.

January 30, 2012

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All of us, at some point growing up, are coerced by our parents. All parents must coerce their children from time to time, but, from the perspective of the child, the coercion will often seem harmful. All of us will also, at some point, be bullied in our lives and, again, for many of us, […]

The Problem of Evil Revisited: You Are A Loving, Knowing, Powerful Being, So Why Is There Evil?

January 23, 2012

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Traditionally, the problem of evil has been a problem for people who believe in a certain kind of God. If God is all-loving, all-knowing, and all-powerful, so the problem goes, why is there evil? There are a variety of reasonable responses to the problem of evil and they all — more or less — undercut […]

Thesis Redux: The Competency of the Majority: Our Best Chance for the Best Society.

January 9, 2012

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In July of 2005, I realized I was FUCKED! Capital F, capital U, capital C, capital K, capital E, Capital D, exclamation mark, FUCKED! In six months, my funding would run out and I was expected to submit my PhD thesis. One problem: I had no thesis to submit. Let me be clear: I was […]

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