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“Creation Story” (A Poem by Santi Tafarella)

    It seems to have started as an argument.    Nothing became something, rapidly expanding   to a whole laundry list of things.   Separation and settlement followed.   Over time things cooled. Mother got her planets; Father    … Continue reading

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“You have to be wired / In a way of being”: Hart Seely Takes Sarah Palin’s Opaque, Syntax-Strained Statements, Gives Them Line Breaks, and Turns Them Into “Poetry”

Slate.com’s Hart Seely debases the English language (or rather, Sarah Palin does): “On Good and Evil” It is obvious to me Who the good guys are in this one And who the bad guys are. The bad guys are the … Continue reading

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A Grammarian at Slate.Com Tries to Diagram a Muddled Sentence of Sarah Palin’s—And Fails

At Slate.com, a grammarian (Kitty Burns Florey) tries her hand at deciphering, through traditional diagramming, Sarah Palin’s peculiar way of putting together “sentences.” In the example below, Florey can’t do it: From the Charlie Gibson interview: “I know that John McCain will … Continue reading

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Wall Street Bailout Metaphor Watch: From Bazookas in the Pocket to Mythical Sea Monsters

Talking Points Memo strings together the metaphors used in Senate committee hearings related to the Wall Street bailout: My favorite: Scylla and Charybdis (Mythical sea monsters that inhabit the strait between Sicily and Italy. If, as a sailor, you get too close … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin Metaphor Watch: Is Palin Bush’s Seemingly Dead Political Corpse, Reasserting Itself in a Female Form?

Is election 2008 turning into a farcical version of Night of the Living Dead? This weekend, Gary Kamiya of Salon.com offered this disturbing analysis: Observing the Sarah Palin phenomenon, does anyone feel like they’re trapped in a singularly creepy remake … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin Metaphor Watch: Is Palin the Great Oz, Hiding Behind Her Teleprompter Curtain? And is the Press Toto, Trying to Tug Back the Curtain to Reveal the Fraud?

Miracle, mystery, and authority—unmasked:

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Creation v. Evolution Metaphor Watch: Do We “Know” That The Earth Is Old, and That Plants and Animals Have Changed Over Time, or Do We Just Have a “Theory” About These Two Things? The Problem of Factive Verbs.

In June of 2006, when 68 national and international science academies, including the US National Academy of Sciences, put out a strongly worded statement saying, in essence, that we know that the earth is old and that plants and animals … Continue reading

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Know How Wile E. Coyote Keeps Running Even After He’s Gone Over a Cliff? That’s Andrew Sullivan’s Analogy for the McCain Campaign Since Sarah Palin Joined the Ticket

McCain’s Sarah Palin VP-pick has just taken the Republican party over a cliff.  The party just hasn’t looked down yet. Andrew Sullivan: My view is that the GOP is now like Wile E Coyote about half a mile off the cliff … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: Is Evolution a Frog-to-Prince Fairytale Fit Only for Nursery Children?

Given that most people do not have advanced degrees in mathematics or the sciences, debates and discussions surrounding evolution and creationism appear in the public square in the form of competing metaphors, similes, and extended analogies. In other words, we use … Continue reading

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“Symbols”: A Poem by Christina Rossetti

I watched a rosebud very long      Brought on by dew and sun and shower,      Waiting to see the perfect flower: Then, when I thought it should be strong,      It opened at the matin hour And fell at … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: Is Nature “Red in Tooth and Claw”?

In 1850 Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote In Memorium, a long poem of 131 Cantos, in memory of the death of his best friend, who died in 1833.  Though In Memorium was written nine years BEFORE Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species (1859), Canto 56 … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: Charles Darwin’s Description of Life as a “Great Tree”

Given that most people do not have advanced degrees in mathematics or the sciences, debates and discussions surrounding evolution and creationism appear in the public square in the form of competing metaphors, similes, and extended analogies. In other words, we use … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: Does the “War of Nature” Lead Its Survivors to “Vigor, Health, and Happiness”?

Given that most people do not have advanced degrees in mathematics or the sciences, debates and discussions surrounding evolution and creationism appear in the public square in the form of competing metaphors, similes, and extended analogies. In other words, we use … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: Is the “Face of Nature” Abundant and “Bright with Gladness”—or Does It Bare the Look of Scarcity?

Today’s metaphor comes from the beginning of the third chapter of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species (1859), where Darwin asks his Victorian readers to think of nature, not as might be customary for them on a summer stroll—as a place of … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: Design without a Designer, Maybe—But Laws without a Lawgiver?

Given that most people do not have advanced degrees in mathematics or the sciences, debates and discussions surrounding evolution and creationism appear in the public square in the form of competing metaphors, similes, and extended analogies. In other words, we use … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: Is Natural Selection Superior to Human Selection as “Nature is to Art”?

Given that most people do not have advanced degrees in mathematics or the sciences, debates and discussions surrounding evolution and creationism appear in the public square in the form of competing metaphors, similes, and extended analogies. In other words, we use … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: The First Big Salvo in the Metaphor War Comes From Darwin’s “Origin of Species” (1859)

Given that most people do not have advanced degrees in mathematics or the sciences, debates and discussions surrounding evolution and creationism appear in the public square in the form of competing metaphors, similes, and extended analogies. In other words, we use … Continue reading

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Direct Apprehension of the Divine: Has Alvin Plantinga Confused Metaphor for Knowledge of God?

Has Notre Dame philosopher and theologian, Alvin Plantinga, the author of Warranted Christian Belief (2000 Oxford), mistaken metaphor for what he calls direct knowledge of God?      I ask this question because early on in his book, Plantinga made an admission … Continue reading

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“That Powerful Instrument of Error and Deceit”: John Locke on the Dark, Spell-Casting Art of Rhetoric—and What It Means for Us Today

Rhetoric, the art of persuasion, is like alcohol. It can be used responsibly, but too frequently it’s not, and so it has a dodgy reputation, and deservedly so. It shows up in too many places that you wouldn’t want to … Continue reading

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If Barack is a Meteor, Who are the Dinosaurs?: French Philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy’s Take on Obama

The French philosopher and biographer of Sartre, Bernard-Henri Levy, has spent a good deal of time thinking and writing about the United States. His most recent book is titled American Vertigo: Travelling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville.   In the … Continue reading

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