It’s easy to get impatient in a disagreement about ideas. In particular I sometimes get very impatient when someone says something that I have heard said many times before and am tired of rebutting. A couple such occasions I got so quickly fed up that I tried to not only dispatch with what they actually just said as quickly as possible but then anticipated the next several things that I expected them to say and explained why I thought all of… Read more

Having given my spoiler-free review of The Last Jedi, it’s time to break down the movie bit by bit into what I thought it was all about and what I liked and didn’t like. As I have encountered criticisms of the film online I’ve “special-editioned” this post you’re about to read, adding more commentary and defense to bolster it. Prologue In his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche appropriates Zarathustra, the great historical founder of the transformative Persian religion Zoroastrianism, to explore his own philosophy…. Read more

It’s a Star Wars that takes genuine risks again and is driven by ideas rather than formulas for the first time since Lucas gave up the reins. Read more

You really know you’ve found the right spouse when you are living with her on a foreign continent in a country where you don’t know the language and it’s the most at home you’ve ever felt in your life. Read more

Explore philosophy with a former professor in live, personalized, interactive, small group, video-conference philosophy classes. Read more

A Catholic apologist agrees with me that I had good reasons to leave Calvinism, but claims I didn’t have good reasons to leave Christianity. Read more

Just a personal update for my readers about why I’ve not been blogging and expressing my intention to return to blogging. Read more

Every year on this day, I present quotable sayings that I came across in the previous twelve months. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ~ A.A. Milne “The first job of a teacher is to make the student fall in love with the subject. That doesn’t have to be done by waving your arms and prancing around the classroom; there’s all sorts of ways to go at it, but no matter what, you… Read more

It is time for a negotiation, not a coronation. Read more

During their first terms, I never understood people who scoffed at the idea that George W. Bush or Barack Obama could possibly win a second term. To me they were always odds on favorites. Incumbents always are. In the last one hundred years going back to the election of 1916 a sitting president has lost only a national election four times. They’ve won thirteen times. One of those losses was of a president (Ford) who’d never been elected before, so if we count only the… Read more

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