Yearly Archives: 2014

Militant Islam

The blending of war and religion can be toxic in conflict situations. When religious symbolism is introduced, religion can become an aphrodisiac that operates on whole communities rather than individuals. Continue reading

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One Step at a Time

Evolution is a process that proceeds incrementally, one step at a time. One thing leads to another. This is true for all kinds of evolution. Living things evolve through natural selection, with small changes between generations leading to larger changes … Continue reading

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Syria, Secularism, and US Policy

In a groundbreaking article, one of our more respected experts on Middle East affairs has proposed that our policy pivot to outright cooperation with Assad’s regime in Syria, the better to campaign more effectively against our mutual enemy the Islamic … Continue reading

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To bomb or not to bomb?

A threat ceases to be a threat when it is carried out. Continue reading

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ISIS and the Separation of Church and State

ISIS, the new Islamic state that has taken over much of northern Iraq and northeastern Syria this summer, directly threatens the existing states in the region. The USA also has a substantial stake in how the current drama plays out. … Continue reading

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Has Israel passed the point of no return?

Is there still time for Israel to work out a better modus vivendi with the Arabs? Or has it passed the point of no return? Continue reading

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Infinity and Divinity

Think of finite numbers as existing in the universe apart from our thoughts, and infinity as a construct of the human mind designed to cope with magnitudes too big to grasp. It follows that infinity is a term that defines our problem, divinity is a device to let us live with it. Continue reading

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Israel and Saudi Arabia

Is Israel is holding secret talks with Saudi Arabia? The mind boggles. Continue reading

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Darwin Day, A Modest Proposal

If you’re going to cheat, you better not tweet Continue reading

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Nature is Pointless

When you try to get something out of nothing, you often get in trouble. Continue reading

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Diversity and Survival

If Americans had a planet all their own, would we be better off? Continue reading

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