Category Archives: Philosophy

Ideas That Have Harmed Humanity

The British philosopher and Nobel laureate (for literature) Bertrand Russell once wrote an essay titled “Ideas That Have Harmed Mankind.” Of course, when he wrote the essay in 1931, nobody would have taken offense at the word “mankind.” But we … Continue reading

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Ramanujan and Me

Tomorrow, April 26, is notable for two reasons. First, it’s my birthday. I’ll be 39. Again. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Second, it’s 100 years since the death of Srinivasa Ramanujan, one of the greatest mathematical geniuses … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of James Bond

“You only live twice: Once when you are born, And once when you look death in the face.”      — James Bond “James Bond” is now a movie franchise, just like “Star Wars” was. But it started out as a … Continue reading

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Why Evil Exists

Today is Easter 2020, when Christians in Western countries celebrate (where permitted by law) the resurrection of Jesus. Eastern Orthodox Christians in Greece, Turkey, Russia and thereabouts celebrate it next week. Today is also the middle of Passover, when we … Continue reading

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The Hidden Cause of Our Disagreement

Note: This blog post explains one cause of society’s basic disagreements. It is not intended to denigrate anyone on either side of the argument. It’s obvious which side I favor, but I’ve done my best to be fair. There’s a … Continue reading

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Einstein Agrees with the Lone Ranger

Albert Einstein and the Lone Ranger agree: Get over yourself. Albert Einstein was one of the smartest people of the 20th century. His ideas revolutionized our understanding of space and time. They also contributed to the development of quantum mechanics. … Continue reading

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Language Does Not Equal Reality

Every Saturday, my friend Jim Grey publishes a “recommended reading” list of interesting blogs from the previous week. Today’s list linked to an article about the benefits of speaking multiple languages. Jim explained: “I used to speak German very well. … Continue reading

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Why Is This A Banana?

In today’s media landscape, you can throw a rock in any direction and hit something that’s partisan and biased. Whether you believe that “Trump Is Literally Hitler,” or you call him “the god-emperor,” or you’re somewhere in between, there’s a … Continue reading

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Find Your Life’s Meaning

Does your life have meaning? If so, how? The answer helps you appreciate your blessings and seize your opportunities. Having a clear idea of the answer is in itself a blessing. Most people have no idea. They trudge through life, … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping on God and the Devil

Eavesdropping isn’t exactly a sin, but it’s certainly impolite. And yet I couldn’t help it. Much. I was getting some coffee in the break room. Outside, in the hallway, God was having an argument with the Devil. I tried not … Continue reading

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