Free Will … Maybe — Part 2.1

In making the point of how much free will we don’t have, I wanted to write about a concept I came up with a few years back, something to help us understand the, well, “automaticness” of much of what goes on in our heads. Searching for something on it, I came across this chapter of yet another of my might-be books, a half-written volume titled Earthman’s Notebook. It’s fairly long, but it illustrates the ideas pretty well. I’m dividing it up, so it’s going to accordion three … [Read more...]

Ghost Rider … Um … SUCKED

You have no idea what a fanboy I am when it comes to superhero movies. At 59, I'm often the oldest person in the theater at midnight openers. (Speaking of which, the Spider-Man trailer looks suweeeet! And oh yeah, I'll be there for the midnight show.) I went to see the second coming of Ghost Rider last night, on pins and needles and eager for the flaming spectacle. But ... dayyum. Twenty minutes in, I was already thinking about walking out. Departing the theater at the end, I said "That was … [Read more...]