Monthly Archives: November 2012

Insulted for my vote

I voted for Barack Obama. That proves, in the minds of some people, that I am a lazy, greedy, leech. It seems Romney’s “private” message about the 47% who are for Obama because they are essentially takers is actually a … Continue reading

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Competition for Highest IQ

A Florida man died in October in an attempt to win an important contest. The purpose was to see who could eat the most live cockroaches. That surely is a cause worth dying for, right? Quite aside from the glory … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Blank Slate

Questions such as, What is human nature? or, What is the human mind? must be preceded by a procedural question: By what means can such questions be answered? One person will say we must bring all such question to the … Continue reading

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Playing Chicken at the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff

I’ve seen movies in which two guys charge their cars at each other to see who chickens out first and swerves. I’ve never actually known whether anyone is stupid enough to play such a game in real life. Watching our … Continue reading

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Problem signs in marriage

One of the extended discussions in Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink is about the work of Psychologist John Gottman at the University of Washington. Gottman speaks of the “Four Horsemen” to be observed in relationships in trouble: defensiveness, stonewalling, criticism, and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blink

Book Review: Blink, Malcolm Gladwell, 2005 The book is an easy and pleasant read with a simple point: There are many times and situations in which a person’s immediate gut reaction to a person or situation is more reliable than … Continue reading

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The New Barbarism

Like a doused fire whose embers reignite into flames, the ancient conflict between the cultured and the barbaric bursts into a consuming conflagration from time to time. Sometimes it is fueled by the barbarians, who simply lack the education necessary … Continue reading

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