Daily Archives: June 2, 2009

Why Aren’t You Exercising, Again?

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What Do Things Really Mean?

I mean really. This from Marvin Minsky, the co-founder of MIT’s artificial intelligence lab: “The secret of what something means lies in the ways that it connects to all the other things we know. The more such links, the more … Continue reading

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Quote for a Tuesday: Jim Morrison

“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can … Continue reading

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“What is called resignation is confirmed desperation” (Henry David Thoreau)

Escaping from freedom into the ecstasy of resignation and submission (1967): Or another way to look at it: “Atheism is a ferocious system, that leaves nothing above us to excite awe, nor around us to awaken tenderness” (R. Hall).

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Identity Politics: Is It Only a Problem When Non-White People Do It?

Matthew Yglesias today notes the hypocritical—and ultimately racist—undercurrent just beneath Shout Radio Republicans’ objections to Sonia Sotomayor: Qualifications like time at Princeton, Yale Law, and on the Circuit Court that work well for guys with Italian names suddenly don’t work if you … Continue reading

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Moderate and Libertarian Republicans, Read This Closely: Julian Sanchez is Pissed Off!

At his blog today, Julian Sanchez, a contributing editor to Reason magazine, lets loose on the way Republicans are treating Sonia Sotomayor: I’ll cop to sharing some of Yglesias’ irritation at the treatment of Sonia Sotomayor, and if Republicans are … Continue reading

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Sonia Sotomayor and “Activist Judges”: Whether You’re Reading the Bible or Reading the Constitution, It’s All About the Framing, Baby!

Can the framers of the Constitution, and the framers of our religious texts, be themselves framed? Berkeley linguist George Lakoff explains why a phrase like “activist judge” exploits a naive notion of what it means to interpret a text (like the American Constitution). And … Continue reading

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Barack Obama on Empathy

From The Audacity of Hope : “It is at the heart of my moral code and it is how I understand the Golden Rule — not simply as a call to sympathy or charity, but as something more demanding, a … Continue reading

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Religious Fundamentalism will Devour You: A Lesson from Saudi Arabia for Republicans?

Is the Republican Party becoming a metaphorical Saudi Arabia? Here’s religious scholar, Reza Aslan, on some lessons that he has drawn from studying Saudi Arabia’s experience with religious fundamentalism: I think that Resa Atlan’s observations here should be sobering for any … Continue reading

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Can You Say SENATOR Al Franken?

You might be soon. According to Time magazine today, Norm Coleman’s appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court appears to be facing a stiff headwind, not just from the judges generally, but specifically from a Tim Pawlenty appointed justice: The judges’ … Continue reading

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