Category Archives: Progressive Humanism

Planetary Rape

We are custodians of Planet Earth although Trump behaves as though we could go on exploiting it in the same old ways. Humanists need to take the lead in showing him, and others, their error. 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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Happier New Year

We are capable of making 2013 a less unhappy year then 2012, if we want to. Continue reading

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Persuasion versus Coercion

Persuasion is generally ok, coercion is not. Philanthropy can be a tricky business; the donor should try to see himself as the recipient sees him. The Komen case and a current spat with Egypt are cases in point. Continue reading

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You Can’t Give Something to Nobody

If we want to stop being the world’s policeman, to whom do we turn over our badge? If we can get over our prejudice against the UN, it’s a logical choice. Continue reading

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Moral Implications for Differing Reproductive Strategies

In judging the value of an animal’s life, should we consider the reproductive strategy of its species? How about humans? Continue reading

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Political Evolution and the Tea Party

If civilization is like climbing a mountain, the Tea Party types are suffering from altitude sickness. Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom from East Asia

There is a middle way for our country between world policeman and isolationism, as veteran statesman Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore suggests. Continue reading

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Royal Wedding

The popular frenzy over the royal wedding shows that we share with the Brits a nostalgia for the bad old ways of monarchy, even though we both know better. Continue reading

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The Sweet Spot

Are we really stuck with only two choices, world cop versus fortress America? Is there no middle way? Of course there’s a middle way, in fact there are quite a lot of them… Continue reading

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Entropy and Life

Regard life as a principle whose prime agent is evolution, that creates complexity out of simplicity. Think of it as the polar opposite of entropy. Doesn’t this duality between entropy and life provide a sounder basis for a modern world view than the older religions? Continue reading

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Will the Neanderthals in the audience please raise their hands?

Of course we have some Neanderthal genes mixed up in our DNA. And we’re probably the better for it. Continue reading

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Leveraging and Language

Leveraging is a term that morphed into popular usage when enough people realized the banks had mulcted them. Continue reading

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The Second American Revolution

The real sources of American strength and greatness Continue reading

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Reflections on the Nature of Human Evolution

Personal thoughts on the nature of evolution in general and human cultural evolution in particular. Continue reading

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An idea for Apple

How about an application that looks backwards, and let’s us easily translate all those old documents we concocted back in the stone age times, ie, the ’80′s and early ’90′s? Continue reading

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Whats in a name?

The so-called neoconservatives have the wrong name. They are neocolonialists. Continue reading

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Under God

Wrong slogan for our country. We should stick to e pluribus unum. Continue reading

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Must We Be a Global Superpower?

Why do so many of us think that our ability to apply military force anywhere in the world represents a triumph for our country? Continue reading

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The Bad Virus

If you look at religion as a collection of viruses rather than as a unit it is easier to think of separating out the bad parts. Here we focus on the one that makes nations ready for war. Continue reading

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