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Reprising the Ole’ Misdirection Play

Posted on Sep 27, 2017

At times like these I wonder if our country has lost its collective mind. Concluding that it has, I can’t resist the temptation to wonder how things got this way. Of course there are no simple answers. But it seems to me that among the causes for this, the widespread propensity of many to act upon what they believe, as if those beliefs constitute...

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Connections: September 11, 1683, and September 11, 2001

Posted on Sep 10, 2014

Connections: September 11, 1683, and September 11, 2001   I have been fascinated with unusual connections since I was a child. I vividly remember watching as many episodes as I could of James Burke’s television programs Connections and The Day the Universe Changed in the days before the availability of TiVo, on-demand, or the instant access...

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Jimi Hendrix and the Sound of Change

Posted on Apr 6, 2013

Jimi Hendrix and the Sound of Change   Is it some peculiar quirk of our relationship with time, or perhaps the innate need to find meaning in the confluence of seemingly unrelated events, that leads us to view life altering events as inevitable when considered in retrospect? I ask because this year the 4th of April marked the 45th anniversary of a...

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“Disinterested interest” and the law of imagination: How can we encourage people to approach works of art with an open mind?

Posted on Mar 23, 2013

“Disinterested interest” and the law of imagination:  How can we encourage people to approach works of art with an open mind?   Like the memory of a faintly recalled melody whose origin one cannot quite place, I’ve recently found myself engaged in what could be described as an intellectual pas de deux of sorts—one where the ephemeral...

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Intellectual property rights

Posted on Jan 31, 2013

Intellectual property rights   First I’d like to welcome you all to my blog, which is a new feature of the redesigned website. As many of you may know, in recent years I’ve become increasingly engaged in the ongoing discussion of the issues regarding copyright and intellectual property rights. I became even more actively involved in this since the...

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