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Space(y?) Philosophy

Peter2
over 3 years ago

1. So my post on NASA provoked a variety of most thoughtful responses.  The ones by Brendan were the most detailed and philosophic, but they were all worthwhile.  2. Their relevance is heightened by this being the BIG THINK day where we question the wisdom of economic and technological progress ...

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Does NASA Need a Philosopher?

Peter2
over 3 years ago

One of the most disappointing moments in an otherwise fairly encouraging Republican New Hampshire debate was that none of the seven candidates would continue federal funding for human space flight.  Newt was about "a real space program that works," but, for him, that now means privatization as the ...

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Getting Back to Single-Sex Dorms

Peter2
over 3 years ago

Read about it here.  The movement for a generation or so has been toward a lifestyle of increasing freedom on our college campuses.  That's meant "no rules" (beyond those connected with health-and-safety, and so no smoking and free condoms) and single-sex dorms.  It's also meant dorms full of ...

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NEVER LET ME GO (the movie)--Part 1

Peter2
over 3 years ago

Never Let Me Go is one of the most thoughtful pieces of science fiction ever. The film, directed by Mark Romanek, is, of course, based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. It's hard to see how the film, although it doesn't capture everything about the book, could have been a better adaptation. A labor ...

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Change and Walmart--Part 2

Peter2
over 3 years ago

So my previous post on Walmart being change that's, on balance, bad for us as social beings was one of my most popular and, apparently, least controversial.  That's because many so-called liberals and many traditionalist or "Agrarian" conservatives (followers of Wendell Berry and such) unite in ...