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containing multitudes

Fri 01 March 2013 — filed under rhetoric

Dreher has this post on how the “Western world” would react if an African pope is elected. It’s wonderful. There’s this amazing panoply of rhetorical amazingness within. It’s primarily a blockquote of something Mark Shea wrote, wrapped in more fireworks.

First, I love the use of the ...

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more economics-speak

Sat 23 February 2013 — filed under rhetoric

From Modeled Behavior, again:

Imagine if tomorrow we produced the optimal education system and elevated all workers to their highest and most economic valuable level of human capital possible. Does this mean that we would no longer need immigrants or guest-workers? No, the economy is not a peg-board full of ...

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Who voted against the Thirteenth Amendment in the House?

Tue 08 January 2013 — filed under rhetoric

Mr. Spielberg doesn’t want you to know.

“If you go through the names that we call out on the vote, you’re not going to find a lot of those names that conform to history,” he said in an interview with CBS last year. “And that was in deference ...

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consciousness, information theory, and brain bugs

Fri 04 January 2013 — filed under logic

John Searle, who I respect greatly, and once had the fortune to hear speak when I was an undergraduate at Northwestern, has a review in the NYRB of Christof Koch’s new book on consciousness and reductionism. I have a few quibbles with the review.

First, I think Professor Searle ...

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perversity and culture

Fri 04 January 2013 — filed under logic

So, reading, as I do, probably more paleo-conservative material than is meet or seemly, I encounter a particular form of conservative (most times religious) argument every so often. I?ve struggled mightily to pay my proper respects to the recently departed A. O. Hirschman by fitting it neatly into his ...

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