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Dec
20

PBS: The Amish Shunned

One of the peak experiences spiritually sensitive individuals can have in the West is to witness individuals or groups who consciously struggle with the tension between being a good person and fulfilling felt obligations of a particular group. This PBS American Experience focuses on those Amish who chose to leave their communities. On the flip side, one of the signs of spiritual poverty of the West and...
Dec
6

Northeastern denial and culture.

Northeasterner’s but especially New Yorkers are often resistant to acknowledge that there are culturally unique aspects to America. The writer of this op-ed piece makes the same point, and relates it to the North’s own reality of segregation. Excerpt and link to entire article below. “Americans have fewer enduring impressions of the North. It simply stands as the nation’s default...
Nov
27

The Biggest Political Challenge in the US: Changing the way campaigns are financed:

This Harvard professor has created a short video explaining how it is that only a very tiny fraction of the American population determines who will be elected. He proposes to follow the strategy of Grover Norquist and get a small number of Congressmen elected who are committed to making a change in policy that will spread out the funding. He does not propose public financing. Click here for video. ...
Nov
27

Aging and the effect of Cartesian Mind-Body dualism.

From the New York Times Magazine: It is noteworthy how the medical field is so dominated by Cartesian Mind-Body Dualism! Overcoming the belief that the mind is separate from the body is a primary task of today’s intellectual class. The experiments highlighted in this article involved putting 75 year olds in an artificial environment replicating the 1950s and 1970s. All participants ended up...
Nov
10

Remarks on Bates Motel (A&E)

Remarks on Bates Motel (A&E) 2nd Golden Age of American television, being continued. Scene from E5 of A&E’s Bates Motel, the prequel to the Hitchcock classic ‘Psycho’. By the third episode, there are multiple and compelling plot lines beginning. In the scene portrayed, Norman and his friend are looking for a suspected Asian sex slave in the hold of a ship owned by a dead man killed by his mother during an...
Nov
9

The Conception of the Causal Connection of My Will to Its Objects: The Effect on the Goodness of the Will

I have been continuing to work on articulating a complex concept in my book project. This is from Chapter Three. The nature of the relation of thought to will is such that whether the form of a paradigm be materialistic or teleological, the resulting paradigm functions as a guide for the will. This form has a moral function, and either limits or enables the will to become morally good. How does this work?...
Nov
1

John Galbraith on American conservatives.

Click here for statement by Galbraith on conservatives My thoughts on Galbraith’s statement: This may sound like a more intense statement than it is. The insight is considered a commonplace by most who study the history of ideas, social philosophy and national ideologies. Remember my claim: American conservatives are not really conservatives in any true sense of the word. They cannot be. It is up...

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