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

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Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Teaching, Research, and ME

over 3 years ago

It's surely appropriate that I follow up a post on my SUMMER VACATION with one on the two kinds of WORK of the college teacher.  More than one person who read the previous post remarked that I was just reminding people that, for the college teacher, the phrase "summer vacation" is redundant ...

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The Tax Code and My Summer Vacation

over 3 years ago

So one of the guys at Panera Bread this morning asked my view on the FLAT TAX or FAIR TAX or whatever. My reponse was that my objection to the present tax code is that rich guys pay a lower percentage of their income in taxes than I do. Why is that?  I use most of the money I get to buy stuff ...

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THE HELP (the film)--part 2: Eugenia

over 3 years ago

So here's some more on THE HELP. My first post dealt with the film's display of the middle-class racist tyranny, mainly of women, in Jackson, Mississippi in1963. My opinion is that what you see in the movie is a true and neglected feature of the horrible history of slavery and segregation in ...

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Darwinian Natural Rights?

over 3 years ago

Here you can read the reaction of "the intelligent design community" to a recent article of mine.  This post, of course, is double-down shameless self-promotion, because it includes both praise of ME and a generous quote from a recent article of mine (and a link to the rest). I am not, in fact ...