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You didn’t build that, homo heidelbergensis

Lou, the hero of Elizabeth Moon’s The Speed of Dark, lives independently in ways that make him a very successful autistic person: he certainly prefers living alone to living in a group home, and he likes being able to arrange … Continue reading

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Einstein Wept

Stephen Prothero, in his rather interesting God Is Not One, illustrates the Jewish tradition of disputation with the following bizarre example: It was a Jew, Albert Einstein, who showed via the theory of relativity that even scientific observations depend on … Continue reading

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Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash

I have often pondered the selection of books offered by the Blind Guy Library–sometimes there seems to be an obsession at work, as when Mr. Darcy, Vampire  and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter were added in consecutive months. Sometimes I wonder if … Continue reading

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Teenage mutant medieval pilgrims

I’ve been reading The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins…well, just now I’ve been reading The Passage, which is mostly a ripoff of The Stand with vampires instead of the flu, but I want to talk about the Dawkins book. The … Continue reading

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I still miss my cape, and those weekends in the hotel.

Like everyone else, I have watched an unreasonably large number of episodes of Star Trek in my life.  Though nominally science fiction, the show could assume a variety of genres…some ‘sodes seem to have been inspired by someone rummaging through … Continue reading

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