Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Better Version of Me

When I waded into Paul Elee’s piece in the NYT Book Review lamenting the lack of serious treatments of religion (by which he means Christianity) in current literary fiction, it seemed a long-shot that I would get any good recommendations … Continue reading

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Give me liberty and give me death

When Americans talk about guns, someone is sure to bring up the Second Amendment, and you will often hear the last part of it quoted, but seldom the rest.  Here it is in full: A well regulated militia being necessary … Continue reading

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Is that why they call them shrinks?

In The Other Side of Normal, Jordan Smoller recounts the case of a man who sought help at a clinic in Taiwan in 1965.  He had first noticed a couple of months before that, a day or two after sex … Continue reading

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We Want Information

Much of the modern concept of information was invented by Claude Shannon and his homies at Bell Labs in the 1940s.  For example, in order to compare messages in different alphabets, they invented a minimal unit called the ‘bit,’ the … Continue reading

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