Tag: philosophy

Circles

At first  we were a million tiny bands.  Small groups of people, each subtly different in some way, clinging to each other and scrabbling to survive.  Each thought of themselves as people and everyone else as the other. We are the band in this area. They are the band on the other side of the [Continue]

The Least Common Denominator

“You want to do what?” was the incredulous reply. “Scan all of the religious and philosophical texts into a computer,” replied Mr. Simonsen. “Then the pattern matching AI we’ve created will go through them looking for patterns, common themes, connections.” “Why would you want to do that? What possible use could there be in such [Continue]

Passion

Last month on CBC Ideas they did a documentary on Albert Camus, the Nobel Prize winning author. ( http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/the-enduring-power-of-albert-camus-l-étranger-1.4439630 ). He was an interesting character. I learned things I never knew about him. His opposition to capitol punishment. His connection to Algeria. How he died in 1960 almost exactly one year before I was born. [Continue]

Stand up for The Right

It is not censorship to shout down the censors. It is not intolerance to reject the intolerant. It is not bias to stand against the biased. It is not bullying to ostracize the bullies. It is not bigotry to condemn the bigots. It is not hate to despise the hateful. It is not racist to confront [Continue]

Hydra

The Hydra with a hundred heads Each with a forked tongue Take one out and two more appear From its scalp they are sprung Each snake head has a voice Filled with hate and lies This one is dressed in a fancy suit That one a toupee and long tie One is bombastic and blames [Continue]

Defiance

This morning at 5:00 I went out on the deck There, under the stars I thought about the last few months The cataract operation that went sideways The cancer diagnoses The surgery The temporary blindness The fear The pain And as I stood there looking at the stars One thought came to mind I’m still [Continue]