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A FRAGMENT TOO FAR : ‘TRUE DETECTIVE’ MEETS ‘THE X-FILES’ IN THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF DUDLEY’s SHERIFF LUKE MCWHORTER MYSTERY SERIES

Nine physicists are dead. The medical examiner has determined that the victims died from drinking coffee laced with rat poison. The owner of the house, Professor Thaddeus Huntgardner, isn’t suspected, but his claim that a piece of the debris from Roswell’s 1947 UFO crash was hidden in Flagler might be true.
Is the fragment real? [...]

SO JUST HOW SKILLED AT LYING DO WE AMERICANS WANT OUR PRESIDENT TO BE? SOME THOUGHTS FROM THE FRONT LINES OF FALSEHOOD.

We first posted this blog item back in July, 2006. Change a name or two, and it seems to be just as apt now as then:
On the one hand, scientific proof is growing that George W. Bush is a very intelligent man. The argument centers on knowledge that has become so widespread that it’s something [...]

BACK WHEN I TRIED TO POST AN ORIGINAL FULL-BLOWN BLOG ITEM ONCE A WEEK, ONE WEEK I PROVIDED THIS ENCAPSULATION OF WHAT I CONSIDERED MY TEN BEST BLOG ITEMS FROM THE PAST

A reader in North Carolina writes:
I still believe in “significant coincidences,” which were demonstrated—once again—by a death in the family that brought me to Ohio for a week. As I woke up this morning, I ended up browsing issues related to my Web site and found your blog posting of the poem I had sent [...]

“TO BE OR NOT TO BE?” REALLY ISN’T THE QUESTION, AND NEVER HAS BEEN. SO WHAT IS THE REALLY IMPORTANT QUESTION THAT THE BRAIN NEEDS TO BE TRAINED TO HANDLE ADEPTLY AND MATURELY?

The future of the human species, and the future of the many other species whose fate is tied to ours, however directly or indirectly, hinges on what the human brain can be taught to do with this question: Is there another way to explain or do this?
This has always been the question. Every advance in [...]

FOR A SELLER OF BOOKS AND MUSIC PRODUCTS, IT SEEMED LIKE THE MOTHER LODE, AND STILL DOES. BUT IT ALSO TURNED OUT TO BE A REMARKABLE WINDOW ON A GIFTED AND DISTURBED MIND

It started as purely a business transaction—a business coup, it seemed then and still does. Seventy-two moving boxes (12×13×16 inches in size), each packed like a sardine tin with books, CDs, audio tapes or photograph records. We bid $1,000 and got the lot. It took a rental trailer and a pick-up truck (and my brother-in-law’s [...]

YOU CAN CALL ME A CONSERVATIVE-LIBERAL-SOCIALIST, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, AND ALL AT THE SAME TIME, IF YOU WISH … AND HERE’S WHY

Thanks to invaluable assistance from the late Polish philosopher, Leszek Kołakowski, who taught at All Souls College, Oxford, after being exiled from Poland in 1968, I think I’ve figured out what my real political orientation is. I am a Conservative-Liberal-Socialist with the following views (all borrowed, most liberally and described most conservatively, in a very [...]

TWO DIFFERENT “TRIUNE” BRAIN THEORIES BUT THE SAME CRUCIAL CONCLUSION: WE ARE MAKESHIFT ENTITIES STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT, AND THAT CAN CREATES SERIOUS PROBLEMS FOR US

I do not remember exactly the first time that I heard about pioneering neuroscientist Paul MacLean’s concept of the triune brain. The idea of a neocortex sitting atop a primordial cortex sitting atop the brain stem. The brain of a human sitting atop the brain of a horse sitting atop the brain of a reptile, [...]

IF YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT I HAVE AGAINST “MOTIVATIONAL EXPERTS,” I’M GLAD YOU BROUGHT THE SUBJECT UP

Four of the most egregiously unfair and misused words in this language are “You can do it.” And I’m guilty at abusing them, too.
Because in using those words to urge our children or employees or students or anyone else forward in the performance of a task they’ve not done before or at which they are [...]

IF EVERYTHING IS PROGRESSING LIKE THE IDEA OF PROGRESS SUGGESTS IT SHOULD BE, WHY DOES IT FEEL LIKE THINGS ARE GOING WELL FOR ONLY A FEW?

One week a few years ago, I chanced upon two mostly forgotten books, and probably would not have spent much time with either had not both mentioned—on the very first page—an event that itself has been mostly long forgotten: the Century of Progress Exposition that the city of Chicago staged in 1933-34 to commemorate the [...]

HERE’S A BOOK THAT SUPPORTS “THE BEST GUESS I’VE EVER HAD”: THAT NO ONE REALLY HAS MUCH OF A CLUE ABOUT WHAT’S SUPPOSED TO BE HAPPENING HERE; THAT EVERYONE IS GUESSING

Anyone—and it might be anytwo, or at best anyfive or anysix—who has been paying attention to the progressive content of my thinking through the years understands that I’ve been on some sort of journey.
It is my belief that it is not all that remote from a journey that most all who have ever lived participate [...]