Monthly Archives: January 2014

Sea Level Rise and Global Warming

Over the next century the most immediate and significant disruption to human life from global warming will be sea level rise, and this National Geographic documentary on the subject is exceptional. Among its many excellencies are poignant observations from one … Continue reading

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Diogenes in a Jar (and Jarred by Diogenes)

The first Thoreau, a jar for a cabin, focused on the light: __________ The above painting, by Jean-Leon Gerome, was made in 1860, very near to the time that Thoreau wrote Walden (1854) and Darwin The Origin of Species (1859). … Continue reading

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A Prediction for the Next Three Years: The Californication of America Will Proceed Apace

It’s 2014. What will it be like in January of 2017? To answer this question, I think we should look backward to 35 years ago, when it was 1979. Jimmy Carter was president, the multi-ethnic “We are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates … Continue reading

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America’s Largest Cult: 64% of Evangelicals Hold to the Young Earth Creationist Belief That “God created humans pretty much in their present form at one time in the last 10,000 years or so.”

Physicist Karl Giberson, a former evangelical who now identifies as a mainline Protestant, has written an admirably clear-headed essay for The Daily Beast on contemporary evangelicalism’s fraught relationship with the theory of evolution. Here he is summarizing scientific illiteracy in … Continue reading

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Peanutty!

Beagle and Dionysus.

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With Marijuana Legalization In Colorado, The End Of The Drug War Has Begun

Social progress in the United States displays a decisive pattern: the right panics and presses every emotional button surrounding the horrible things that will ensue if x becomes law; x becomes law; nothing particularly bad happens (and if it does, … Continue reading

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Want to Get Out of a Depressive Funk?

Pick a card. Imagine each of the following as a card, pick one, and move toward it: courage; mastery; discipline; desire; productivity; acceptance; laughter; imagination; assertion; reason; beauty; silence; hope; organization; truth; efficiency; meaning; wholeness; love; justice; travel; home. In other words, … Continue reading

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