It's a big world, and somebody should make sense of it! Jim Hull, author of THE VAMPIRE IN FREE FALL, will take you on Adventures of the Mind, pointing out interesting stuff along the way from his unique perspective. Bring your curiosity, an open heart, and ideas of your own to share . . . and be sure to keep your hands and arms inside the ride at all times!

The Everyday Death Penalty

March 5, 2015

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In recent decades, Western countries have evolved toward the idea that execution is barbaric and has no place in civilized society. Not that none of us ever nurses the desire to see someone hateful put to death, but as a formal political matter we generally no longer wish the government to liquidate criminals on our behalf. Most […]

Posted in: Politics

A Tribe with One Member

February 26, 2015

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  “He got all the way down to a tribe with just one member — himself.” — Lee Child When I was a kid, my parents voted for Nixon, so I was thoroughly for Nixon and heartily against Kennedy. I had no earthly idea why one was to be preferred over the other, but it […]

Addicted to Democracy

February 19, 2015

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Too much democracy is a sort of sad thing. — Ann Richards People love to argue politics. Lately, though, even the most disputatious among us bemoan “polarization”. Apparently the American political system has broken down in some manner. For many, polarization means “gridlock”, where the operations of government grind to a standstill as warring parties jam the gears. […]

Posted in: Politics

Does City Life Feminize Men?

February 12, 2015

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There’s a region of the Internet called the Manosphere that rejects most feminist ideology. It discards with contempt the notion that men and women are basically the same but trained by society to act differently. Its bloggers argue that women are different by nature, deeply attracted to insouciant, overconfident “alpha males” instead of the nice, helpful, polite “beta males” […]

A Devil’s Dictionary of Careers

February 5, 2015

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“ . . . the satirist is popularly regarded as a sour-spirited knave . . . ” — Ambrose Bierce Public figure: someone who always says exactly what he needs you to believe. Journalist: a writer who reports the truth the way the readers want to hear it. Economist: an intellectual who proves that the marketplace should […]

Politics in Reverse

January 29, 2015

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War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. — George Orwell These days it’s popular, especially among liberals, to consider libertarians as conservative wing-nuts. They argue that libertarian candidates have nothing new to offer, that their ideas are old-fashioned, outmoded 18th-century notions better suited to an agrarian age and long since supplanted by modern […]

Posted in: Politics

Codes of Anger

January 22, 2015

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Why do humans get angry? What good does it do? Sometimes an irate person can intimidate us into bending to their will. But nobody likes that behavior, and the resentment lingers, poisoning the air around the angry one. Somehow anger backfires, even when used tactically. Yet we keep meting it out.  I’ve found that anger […]

Posted in: Society & Culture
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