Tag Archives: William Wordsworth

Will Computers Ever Really Be Conscious and Intelligent?

Philosopher John Searle thinks not. _____ And literary critic Stanley Fish, writing in the New York Times, appears to agree with Searle, offering the following as a key distinction between himself and a computer: [I]ts procedures do not track my practice. I … Continue reading

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Ultimate Meaning: Pope Benedict and William Wordsworth Have a Theory

I don’t think much of the pedophile shielding (and enabling) Pope Benedict, but in his Easter homily this year he laid out the atheist v. theist divide with succinct eloquence:  If man were merely a random product of evolution in some place on the … Continue reading

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Catholic Priest, Father James Martin, fails to see the beauty of a fast moving woman in New York City

Catholic priest, James Martin, offers this incident as illustration of the richness of (his) existence that our plugged-in culture is bypassing: Not long ago, I was walking through a park in New York City. Racing across Union Square to an … Continue reading

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Will We Play Harps in Heaven? And Will the Playing of Such Harps Constitute Hell? Oh, and Are We Already Playing Those Harps?

Where did the idea first come from that the saints in heaven play harps? I don’t know if this is the first Christian reference to harp playing in heaven, but it does go back a few hundred years. It’s from the … Continue reading

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Our Daily Stanza: The First Six Lines of William Wordsworth’s “I wandered lonely as a Cloud” (1807)

Today’s lines of poetry come from William Wordworth’s “I wandered lonely as a Cloud” (1807), and they make up the poem’s first stanza: I wandered lonely as a Cloud That floats on high o’er Vales and Hills, When all at … Continue reading

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From Romanticism to Decadent Romanticism—in Four Minutes!

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Lines of Poetry Dedicated to John McCain: The Beginning of William Wordsworth’s “Intimations of Immortality”

In the first 2008 presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain, McCain started the debate by announcing, without the least trace of Republican irony, and with deep regret and soberness (as if he were about to well up with tears), … Continue reading

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“Nuns Fret Not”: A Sonnet by William Wordsworth (1807)

Nuns fret not at their convent’s narrow room; And hermits are contented with their cells; And students with their pensive citadels; Maids at the wheel, the weaver at his loom, Sit blithe and happy; bees that soar for bloom, High … Continue reading

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