The Gell-Mann Effect

Murray Gell-Mann

I miss Michael Crichton. It’s not just that he was a marvelous storyteller who could spot a trend ten years away and turn it into a ripping good yarn, but that he had a clarity and honesty in his writings and speeches about science and society that is sorely needed today. His skeptical approach to [Read More...]

Housekeeping (With Some Notes on the Really True Truth)

"I see a B-movie director in a dress and Tor Johnson in my future."

1) The last two or three parts of the Tarot series should go up next week. I didn’t want to dump them all at once. They will have a little something on some of the more puzzling images, a bit on the work of Valentin Tomberg, and rules for playing for those who are interested. Also, [Read More...]

And Your Orwellian Phrase of the Day Is …

James Clapper

… “least untruthful.” It sounds better than “lying to Congress” or “perjury,” doesn’t it? Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is really struggling to explain why he told Congress in March that the National Security Agency does not intentionally collect any kind of data on millions of Americans. His latest take: It’s an unfair question, [Read More...]


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