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Why is there so much underage drinking in Cast Off? Find out here.

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June 18th, 2015|Categories: 17th Century, Being Human, Cast Off, Writing|Tags: |1 Comment

Advice from Charles Dickens

The Morgan Library, one of best places to spend an afternoon in New York, is having a Charles Dickens exhibition with things on display like the manuscript for A Christmas Carol, original illustrations for his books, and personal letters.

This kind of show always thrills me. Seeing rough drafts with all their cross-outs and marginalia, reading personal correspondence between Dickens and […]

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January 19th, 2012|Categories: Being Human, Writing|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Shhhh…Let me tell you a secret.

You don’t have to be a Trekkie to appreciate the Vulcan patriotism displayed by president and COO Bradley Abelow at his congressional subcommittee hearing for the MF Global debacle. Live long and prosper, indeed!

Like many people, I was thrilled to see this picture in the NY Times today because nothing gets me going like SECRET MESSAGES. My vote for best […]

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December 16th, 2011|Categories: Being Human, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

I have magic powers.

It’s true. I don’t care what Richard Dawkins says about the only real magic being the kind we witness in the universe, I know my powers are magical and I have proof they exist.

My magic powers are special abilities that I possess for which is there is no scientific explanation. I have identified three of them, but I’m not ruling […]

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November 30th, 2011|Categories: Being Human|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Real Magic

Just finished THE MAGIC OF REALITY: How We Know What’s Really True by Richard Dawkins. I loved it. It’s got the easiest and best explanation of evolution that I’ve come across, which is great because I find that when it comes to profound concepts I need multiple explanations, the simpler the better. My favorite part of the book, though, was in the first chapter where Dawkins offers three definitions of magic.

Is this offensive?

Of course it’s all a matter of perspective and taste. What I think is hilarious, you find appalling. What you think is gross, I think is fascinating. And isn’t it great that the world is full of different opinions, otherwise it’d be a really boring place to live?

Except I’m usually the outlier.

Here’s an example. A bunch of years ago, I […]

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October 27th, 2011|Categories: 17th Century, Being Human, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Is obedience overrated?

I’ve been thinking a lot about Stanely Milgram, the social psychologist who ran the (in)famous experiments in the early 1960s that looked at people’s willingness to commit acts of cruelty in the name of obedience.

Milgram was trying to figure out why so many Germans stood by or participated in Nazi acts of atrocity. He brought in 100 subjects, all men, […]

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October 12th, 2011|Categories: Being Human|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments