As strange as it will probably sound coming from me, in the 6 years (as of this month) writing my “Skeptic’s Collection” column for Beguine, I have never published a “Skeptic’s Collection ” column dedicated exclusively and entirely to the First Amendment. I have alluded to it, hyperlinked to it, but never written about the […]
[W]ithout that All-Important Great Cosmic Check Box, if you will – a human being would still be merely what I call a “meat doll”: basically, a department-store mannequin made of flesh.
I had never thought much about physical disabilities until the autumn of 2012, when an airplane flight from Hell from Wichita, KS, to Denver – long horror story … please don’t ask! — squeezed me into a last-row seat of a tiny Embraer jet aircraft for four hours, resulting in a severely compressed sciatic nerve […]
Every several years, at rather irregular intervals, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra stages a “Bugs Bunny Night,” in which, on a giant screen looming over the orchestra, are projected several classical Warner Brothers cartoons involving, not just Bugs, but Daffy Duck, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, etc., etc., etc. All […]
I am now at peace with our verdict. Crow never tasted so good!
[W]e cannot rule out the possibility that a comprehensive theory of Reality may be something we can only approach asymptotically, just at the function f(x)=1/x approaches zero asymptotically.
I wish people, especially Bill Maher, with whom I completely agree on virtually all other issues, would stop playing fast and loose with the word “treason” when referring to Donald Trump. (Or course, Trump has been at least equally reckless. But I expect more of Maher.) Now, I have immensely greater respect and regard for […]
After finishing both Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale several months ago and, only a couple of days ago, its sequel The Testaments, it occurs to me that many – I am sorely tempted to overgeneralize and say “all” – progressives are too selective in their outrage about the degradation and violence practiced against women in […]
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Should we someday achieve star travel, we may well find evidence of such civilizations in the form of ruined cities that were once inhabited multiple millennia in the distant past.