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Most emphatically yes, if it is within your power to do so. A child accidentally falls into a river and your jump in without a second’s thought – assuming that you can swim – and save the child. But what if there are people who are thoughtlessly or even deliberately pushing children into the river. […]

Everyone seems to be wondering why Muslim terrorists are so quick to commit suicide. Let’s see now… · No music · No television · No cheerleaders · No nude women · No car races · No football · No soccer · No hot dogs · No burgers · No chocolate chip cookies · No lobsters · No nachos · No Beer nuts · No Beer !!!!!!!! · Rags for clothes […]

US Airways flight 1529 on January 15th 2009 crash landed in the Hudson river barely six minutes after it took off from New York’s LaGuardia airport at 3:15PM. Two minutes into the flight, the Airbus 320 encountered a flock of Branta Canadensis (Canada goose) which both engines ingested and the flight lost thrust. The hero […]

Some bits from previous posts on freedom of expression and on the importance of ideas for human welfare. Freedom of expression is something that some people grant to themselves, and some don’t. The people of the developed nations grant themselves that freedom. A case can be made that development is in a sense an outcome […]

I cannot resist relating (yet again) Robert Solow’s view of Milton Friedman’s — both celebrated Nobel laureate economists — obsession with monetary policy. Every macroeconomic problem and its solution lay eventually in monetary policy, according to Friedman. Solow in exasperation said, “Everything reminds Milton Friedman of the money supply. Everything reminds me of sex, but I […]

Richard Feynman opens this totally delightful video Information from the YouTube site: “We Are All Connected” was made from sampling Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, The History Channel’s Universe series, Richard Feynman’s 1983 interviews, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s cosmic sermon, and Bill Nye’s Eyes of Nye Series, plus added visuals from The Elegant Universe (NOVA), Stephen Hawking’s Universe, […]

Life is a random draw. That’s all there is to it. You don’t get to choose your parents. You are a random draw from a lottery that you did not sign up for. So what remains is for you to do the best you can under the circumstances. I hope to see you around.