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Or am I anthropomorphizing? — If the dog’s behavior was not triggered by a conscious impulse to love, duty, or sympathy, why did the dog cross the road? I wonder if the dogs were even related. Can a dog have … Continue reading
And These Two are One: Two Little Craniopagus Girls—or One? Will They Grow Up with Insights on the Nature of the Trinity?
Macleans/Ca. has a feature on conjoined twins who are craniopagus (joined at the head), and the twins appear to be sharing brain functions central to the self: There is evidence that they can see through each other’s eyes and perhaps share each other’s unspoken … Continue reading
Abuse met with heroism. The below story from this week’s Sunday Mercury illustrates why the idea of gay marriage will, over time, win over the general public: it’s hard to erect your hate on good neighbors: A MARRIED gay couple subjected … Continue reading
Ecce homo! From the transcript of a University of Michigan spring commencement speech that President Barack Obama gave on May 1, 2010: [W]e need an educated citizenry that values hard evidence and not just assertion. As Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously … Continue reading
Inspired by Andrew Sullivan’s “The View from Your Window” feature at his blog (in which he posts what his readers see from their windows), I thought I might periodically start putting, on my blog, posts titled: The view from my … Continue reading
People, that is. Kenda Swartz Pepper, on March 20, started an experiment: to spend 21 days experiencing what it’s like to join the one billion people on the planet who go to bed hungry. Here’s Kenda today: 1.02 billion people in … Continue reading
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
Negative Capability Defined: Walking in Mysteries—and the Shoes of Others—with Keats, Shakespeare, Whitman—and Barack Obama!
In a letter dated 22 December, 1817, the poet John Keats coined the term “negative capability” and defined it this way: I had not a dispute but a disquisition with Dilke, on various subjects; several things dovetailed in my mind, & … Continue reading