Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Fundies of Color

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

What both white and non-white fundies read to their children Wikipedia defines “fundie” as: Fundie or fundy (plural fundies) is a pejorative slang term used to refer to religious fundamentalists of any religion or denomination, although it is primarily directed towards fundamentalist Christians. The term is intentionally derogatory, and is used most commonly by those […]

How Do Conservatives and Liberals See the World?

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Yes, yes. Godwin. I know! I just watched the latest episode of Moyers & Company with Bill Moyers. He interviewed social psychologist Jonathan Haidt. Haidt has a forthcoming book titled The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. It was a fascinating program. I recommend it, if you haven’t watched it […]

Johnny-on-the-Spot

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Photograph by Melanie Einzig The On the Media blog has an interesting article by PJ Vogt. He writes that he considers the above image to be one of the most memorable photos shot on the morning of Sept. 11. I agree. The incongruity of the mundane with the horrific is riveting. The photograph also contradicts […]

Summer Vacation, 1976

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

“There is a Growing Tendency to Think of Man as a Rationally Thinking Being… Which is Absurd. There is simply no evidence of any intelligence on the Earth.” (YouTube page is here) When I was growing up, my family would sometimes go back to my grandfather’s farm in South Dakota for a couple of weeks […]

My First Dictionary

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

One link leads to another, and the next thing you know you’ve landed someplace strange. Tonight I ended up at My First Dictionary. They only had crappy picture dictionaries when I was a kid. If this one had existed, I probably would have learned to read even earlier than I did. And I would have […]

Y2K(indle)

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The iPad has suddenly made the Kindle appear long in the tooth, but I had no idea just how antiquated the Kindle actually was. Yesterday, I was searching for books by George Lakoff, a UC Berkeley linguist with some intriguing yet controversial ideas on the differences between how liberals and conservatives think. This is one […]

San Francisco Green Festival

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Last Saturday, I went to the San Francisco Green Festival. This is my story. The experience actually began as I was walking from BART to the Concourse Exhibition Center. I saw this spray-painted onto an overpass support: Why do people do that? Is their message so important that they have to deface public property? Do […]

Atheists are Delusional

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I came across the website of some philosopher named James Spiegel, who has written a book called The Making of an Atheist. The opening paragraph on his web page caught my attention: Sigmund Freud famously dismissed belief in God as a psychological projection caused by wishful thinking. Today many of the “new atheists”—including Richard Dawkins, […]