Monthly Archives: February 2013

On the Fringe

Discussions of telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition tend to be dismissed as so much New Age crystal-gazing. As it turns out, though, the scientific evidence for these phenomena is overwhelming. The only people who doubt that such things really happen either … Continue reading

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Voluntaryism

The term “voluntaryism” has popped up a couple of times lately. This seems to be a new term for libertarianism, but perhaps lacks the leave-well-enough-alone facet of the libertarian ethic. If true, that makes it even worse. Libertarians, for instance, … Continue reading

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The March of the Mundane

Remember bookstores? Back in the late ’70s and early ’80s I used to browse in small indie bookstores and pick up quirky but provocative books, some of which are still on my shelves. Yesterday, moved by an obscure impulse, I … Continue reading

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Who Gets to Say What’s Right?

Today I got into one of those annoying and unproductive discussions on Facebook — a disagreement with a complete stranger. It started with the question of whether a Christian florist (by which I mean, a Christian florist of the bigoted … Continue reading

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Who Stole My Planet?

Not infrequently, I have the feeling that when I wasn’t looking, somebody took away the planet I was supposed to be living on and substituted a really sad satirical parody. Tonight I thought I’d poke around and see what’s happening … Continue reading

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Nuts & Bolts

Wandered into the library this afternoon, spotted a book on the New Arrivals table — Rupert Sheldrake’s┬áScience Set Free. His brief is to question the orthodox scientific world view, a project that his Ph.D. from Cambridge in plant biology gives … Continue reading

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Talk Is Not Cheap

I have a tendency to drift into depression. Last week I started thinking maybe it’s time for some psychotherapy. Therapy is good for some things. But it’s not good just anything. I’ve availed myself of several therapists over the years, … Continue reading

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