Can Racists Be Reasoned With?

I’m fortunate to have a lot of pretty smart friends, who give me plenty of material for thought (and thus eventually for writing, since that’s how I generally try to organize my thinking). Just yesterday, a friend of mine posted this article, which argues rather convincingly that the cause of many of America’s current ailments […]

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On My Mixed Beliefs – Part II – Humanism

In part one of this series, I talked about how my long time exposure the traditions of Quakerism shaped my quasi-religious beliefs. Their tenets of nonviolence, belief in shared divinity, and respect for individual rights and opinions have all had a profound impact on my views. However, it would be too simple to say that […]

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On My Mixed Beliefs – Part I – Quakerism

I grew up in a family that had a diverse background when it comes to religion. My father’s entire family was raised in the Jewish tradition, whereas my mother’s was traditional New England Protestant. I had tastes of both in my childhood. On my father’s side, we often spent many traditional Jewish holidays having meals […]

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Productivity Advice From A Bygone Era

I was just reading an article on one of my favorite blogs, The Art Of Manliness, which is basically the text of a book on productivity book called “How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day” by Arnold Bennett. In today’s flood of “productivity p0rn”, this book sets itself apart, despite being written over a […]

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