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A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

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Esoterica Posts

Odds and Ends. Mostly Odds.


The (New) Great American Road Trip

about 3 years ago

In my anticipation to get out of town everything seems to take a little longer. A woman snags the last open pump at the gas station. An empty bucket of roofing tar in the middle of the road that probably fell off someone's truck slows traffic. The red lights take a little bit longer. Everyone ...


Rick Perry and the Satanic Statue of Liberty

about 3 years ago

Texas Governor Rick Perry's August 6th prayer rally, The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis, has already garnered criticism for being a Christians-only affair that blurred the line between church and state and featured speakers with extreme beliefs far outside of the mainstream. One ...


Under the Floor - A Fortune in Coins

over 3 years ago

His name was Dandon and he was a strange man even for 1812 Berlin.   By day, he was a Professor of Languages at the University. He was competent and respected by both students and faculty members.   But at night he was something quite different.   After dark, Dandon adopted the ...


July 5th - Happy Independence Day!

over 3 years ago

Pity the poor Fifth of July. Americans don't love it the way they love its neighbor, the loud and flag-bedazzled Fourth of July.   The Fourth is hard to beat. A celebration of our Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, the Fourth is filled with some of America ...


Ghost Rider's Satanic Seventies

over 3 years ago

  If the Eighties was the decade of greed, then the Seventies was the decade of Satan.   Some would argue that Satan is always with us (you know who I’m talking about) but he sure was a lot more with us in the era that also produced bell bottoms, disco, and the Sweathogs. Come to think ...