An Identity Thought Experiment Concerning You and Your Eyeballs

With all of the research that has been done on the brain, there is no question that the brain is a special part of us.  We often think of our mental activity--thoughts, ideas, feelings, anger -- taking place in the brain.  When we think of a tree, the image of the tree is being viewed … Continue reading An Identity Thought Experiment Concerning You and Your Eyeballs

Religion: What’s to Like?

I missed out doing much for Palm Sunday this week.  I miss out on a lot of observances that in principle I consider myself obligated to tend to.  I was not raised in the rituals of any church, nor was I raised with a coherent orientation toward religion.  My dad wavered, and continues to waver, … Continue reading Religion: What’s to Like?

Trump, Jerry Springer, and the Destruction of Our Cultural Institutions

In a recent interview, Jerry Springer opined that the public's dislike of Washington has been brewing for so long that it was inevitable that an outsider would be chosen to shake things up.  Springer smartly observed that such a person would have to be famous, and the main ways of getting famous are through sports … Continue reading Trump, Jerry Springer, and the Destruction of Our Cultural Institutions

Trump and the Wall

Trump's Wall is similar to JFK's call to put a man on the moon.  It is big, it is ambitious, and it is declared in the face of tremendous skepticism.  It promises a great sense of accomplishment for our nation, a great act of self-assertion.  Gingrich last time around tried something like this in proposing … Continue reading Trump and the Wall