Merry Xmas – I Mean, chi mas, I mean Χριστός mas, I mean Christmas — 2010

Several paragraphs are a repost from last year’s Christmas related posts.  Specifically, how the use of Xmas really isn’t a strategy for taking Christ out of Christmas or the holydays, I mean, holidays. Many people get themselves in an uproar when someone uses the abbreviation Xmas.  To them, it symbolizes the effort to remove the […]

Are You Guilty of Being Obsolete? Part 2

Read Part 1 of this post. The Obsolete Man – Part 2 In part 1 of this post, looking at The Twilight Zone episode, The Obsolete Man, concepts of statism and statolatry were discussed.  During the first ten minutes of the episode (part 1), librarian Romney Wordsworth was tried and convicted of being obsolete. In […]

Are You Guilty of Being Obsolete? Prosecutor, The State – Part 1

Almost 60 years ago, on a popular TV show, The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling presented a dystopian tale entitled “The Obsolete Man.”  The broadcast in 1961 occurred in the middle of the Cold War – two plus months after the failed Bay of Pigs attempted invasion of Cuba, two plus months before the border between […]

The Fortress of “Everybody Agrees With Me”

What’s the biggest social problem facing the western culture?  Is it poverty and class warfare?  Is it overpopulation?  Is it economic inequality?  Maybe it’s secularization or religion.  Perhaps it’s militancy.  Not sure what the biggest problem is, but a very big problem has to do with the “polarization of ideas.” It appears one of the […]

9/11 – We Can’t Ever Forget

I was standing outside of a classroom where I used to be an educator of sorts waiting to help a teacher administer an important beginning-of-the-year reading test.  A teacher across the hall looking rather pale said to me that something terrible was happening.  She lead me to her computer.  There was a one line news […]

How Does Your Brain Formulate Reality?

Violating Own Rule:  Will be unabashedly using I in this post. Some say it’s just making connections — stimulus-response.  Some say the data is already there and we discover it.  Some say we construct complex knowledge structures — schemata.  Some say our brain creates reality. Blurring the Distinction Between Fiction and Non-Fiction My wife and […]

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