Big Bang, Biology, Early Religion

Ancient Civilizations

the Middle Ages

Asian Civilizations, 6th to 16th centuries

Europeans to the 17th Century

18th and 19th Centuries

20th Century to 1993

US Politics to the Obama Presidency

World transitions: 2015 to 20 January 2019


First Thoughts – short and simple

Philosophers – includes: Gary Gutting, Susan Haack, Socrates, Wittgenstein and others

Philosophical Issues – being, subjectivity and abstractions, agnosticism, antinomies, intentionality

Knowledge – neuroscience, biology, computers versus imagination; math and numbers; space and time

Misc/People – includes: Arnold Toynbee, Alice Walker, Putin, Ernest Hemingway

Morality – includes: "Moral Relativism and Sam Harris"

Politics – includes: "Money equals Speech," and "Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau"

Books – includes: The Relentless Revolution: a History of Capitalism, by Joyce Appleby


13 Jan –  (philosophy) Black Swans, Coherence, Truth and Pragmatism

11 Jan –  (science) Einstein's "spooky action at a distance"

11 Jan –  Reich describes a "switcheroo"

  7 Jan –  Progress in 2018?

25 Dec – The Reverend Curry and "Love"

19 Dec – (books) How Democracies Die

  3 Dec – (books) The Retreat of Western Liberalism

19 Nov – More from Jonathan Haidt

17 Nov – (books) The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt

11 Nov – Looking to 2020

  4 Nov – Facts and Economic Growth

  1 Nov – More than Healthcare


Oct 2018 back to 2013 (largely politics)

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