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The Natural Selection of the Immortal Soul: A Thought Experiment (VI)

(8) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 12:27 PM

Note: This is the sixth part (more or less) of a nine-part essay that I am posting over the course of "a week or so," which in my dialect means at least a month. The first part may be found here.

V and a half. A Clarification

When...

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The Natural Selection of the Immortal Soul: A Thought Experiment (IV and V)

(5) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 1:50 AM

Note: These are the fourth and fifth parts of a nine-part essay I hope to post over the next week or so. The first three parts may be found here.

IV: Wishful Thinking?

Am I, like the anti-Darwinians, driven by fear of personal extinction? Is this thought experiment...

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The Natural Selection of the Immortal Soul: A Thought Experiment

(19) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 11:40 AM

Note: These are the first three parts of a nine-part essay that I hope to post over the next week or so.

I. Darwin's Ghost

Of late, Darwinism has invaded nearly every domain on earth and some well beyond. Neurology, immunology, medicine, even cosmology: one field after another has trembled...

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The Fear Variations

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 7:34 AM

Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

"Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."

Sarah Palin:

"We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that...

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Lipstick on Doggerel

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 7:09 AM

I wrote this bit of doggerel a while ago but only just got around to making it hyperdoggerel by equipping the stanza numbers with links. (Warning: VI and XVII may autostart.)

I

Sarah's bridge
Is falling down;
From Nowhere hangs
Her brief renown.

II

Take...

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Breaking: McCain (In White Nightcap) Breaks With Bush!

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2008 | 8:56 AM

Watch carefully: blink and you'll miss it. (Hint: it happens at 1:36.)

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McCain in the Whine Cellar (Sans Bearings)

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2008 | 11:08 AM

Just when you thought the Clinton campaign had cornered the market in whining, special pleading, and all-around silliness, the McCain people give them a run for their (dwindling) money.

Responding to Obama's smackdown of McCain's Hamas smear, McCain advisor Mark Salter said: "He used the words 'losing his bearings' intentionally,...

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Hillary Wins PA by Triple Digits!

(28) Comments | Posted April 24, 2008 | 11:43 AM

The pundits agreed:

Given her desperate need to make a dent in Obama's vast pledged-delegate lead...

Given that her campaign was not merely broke, but deep in the red...

Given that, a few months ago, polls showed her leading in Pennsylvania by 20 points or more...

Given the support of...

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Bitter Popcorn, or My Friend Joe

(10) Comments | Posted April 16, 2008 | 4:44 PM

My friend Joe (not his real name) looked up from my Barcalounger, which he's been hogging all week. One tentacle held the remote, the other an empty bag of Smartfood.

"I have two questions for you," he said. "The briefing papers I read on the way here gave the impression...

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Who Can't Win? Hillary's Electability Trifecta

(26) Comments | Posted April 7, 2008 | 8:56 AM

Ask people why Dukakis lost, and they'll tell you: the tank.

Ask people why Gore "lost" (that is, failed to lock the election up so tight that it couldn't be stolen) and they'll tell you: he claimed to have invented the internet.

Ask people why Kerry lost (or, just possibly,...

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Mary Christ (Part 7)

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2007 | 8:38 AM

This is the seventh installment of a short novel that I began posting during the season of Easter and Passover. For a brief introduction and a glossary of Hebrew and Aramaic words, see the first installment.


nun he


Her face -- look at her --

...
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Mary Christ (Part 6)

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2007 | 9:58 AM

This is the sixth installment of a short novel I'm posting (in whole or in part) during the season of Easter and Passover. For a brief introduction and a glossary of Hebrew and Aramaic words, see the first installment.


mem gimel


Her son was right,...

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Mary Christ (Part 5)

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2007 | 8:51 AM

This is the fifth installment of a short novel I'm posting (in whole or in part) during the season of Easter and Passover. For a brief introduction and a glossary of Hebrew and Aramaic words, see the first installment.


lamed


The dervishes keep spinning. He...

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Mary Christ (Part 4)

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2007 | 9:15 AM

This is the fourth installment of a short novel I'm posting (in whole or in part) during the season of Easter and Passover. For a brief introduction and a glossary of Hebrew and Aramaic words, see the first installment.


kaf dalet

Don't worry, Yehuda...

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Mary Christ (Part 3)

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2007 | 11:56 AM

This is the third installment of a short novel I'm posting (in whole or in part) during the season of Easter and Passover. For a brief introduction and a glossary of Hebrew and Aramaic words, see the first installment.


yod zayin


They say he heals...

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Mary Christ (Part 2)

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2007 | 9:49 AM

This is the second installment of a short novel I'm posting (in whole or in part) during the season of Easter and Passover. For a brief introduction and a glossary of Hebrew and Aramaic words, see the first installment.


yod alef


Hiss of green wood,...

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Mary Christ

(10) Comments | Posted April 1, 2007 | 12:05 PM

During Holy Week, I'll be posting some portion (and perhaps the entirety) of a short novel. There is some precedent for posting fiction on the Post -- Deepak Chopra, for one, has done it -- and the present work is one that bears on many issues now hotly debated in...

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In the Brothel

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2007 | 10:08 AM

"Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denied Thursday that Japan's military had forced foreign women into sexual slavery during World War II, contradicting the Japanese government's longtime official position.... 'Some say it is useful to compare the brothels to college cafeterias run by private companies, who recruit their own staff, procure foodstuffs...

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Revealed At Last: The Pentagon's Rosy Plan for WW II

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2007 | 9:06 AM

(Sorry I'm late with this. I was in Brazil planning our '09 invasion.)

Just a couple of weeks after the NYT's front-page story on the "prewar slide show" (sample pdf here) that "cast Iraq in rosy hues," we have another shocker, exclusive to the Huffington Post: a newly declassified...

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101 Reasons to Vote Republican This Wednesday*

(10) Comments | Posted November 6, 2006 | 3:15 PM

1) Security. As the President has aptly noted, terrorists "hate what we stand for" -- freedom and democracy. Thanks to Republican efforts, there will soon be nothing left for them to hate us for.

2) Security, again. Secret nuclear weapons programs by rogue states and terrorists are no...

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