Love and Beauty

...for a poet is a light and winged thing, and holy, and never able to compose until he has become inspired, and is beside himself, and reason is no longer in him. Plato Let's start at the end. What gives us joy, reason, meaning, and a feeling of being alive, connected, loved and loving? Is …

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Oh Noah, where art thou?

" “It's in Genesis,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Tuesday. “Noah is saving the animals; he's not out there saving innocent babies, he's saving the animals, he's saving creation.”  “It was very clear to us that there was an environmental message. To pull that message out of it, we think, would …

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Life Against Death – Part II

A consideration of the aim and purpose of artificial intelligence (AI), provides a fitting introduction to this followup post on Norman O. Brown's book, Life Against Death. AI seeks to build a model of human intelligence for the purpose of: 1) The thrill and power of creating, fathering and possessing a better than human machine, a …

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Remembering Pete Seeger

I was saddened to hear of Pete's passing today at the age of 94, but grateful, not only for having seen Pete perform, but for his service to the community that enriched so many lives, and particularly for his contribution to help clean up the Hudson river. While still living in New York, I had …

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Love and Mercy

There may not be a word used as frequently in our day that's so lacking in a precise definition as the word Depression. Literally, to depress is to press down, which we still recognize when a doctor uses a tongue depresser to see the back of our throat. But since the latter part of the …

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