Daily Archive: October 14, 2010

3

Sophocles: Philoctetes and Wounded Warriors

One of the real mixed blessings of modern warfare has been that improvements in medical technologies have allowed more wounded soldiers to survive what would have once been fatal injuries- now there are more...

30

Charles Taylor Thursday #2: Against subtraction stories.

Charles Taylor is a Canadian philosopher and social theorist. His most recent book, A Secular Age, is an examination of modern secularism and the cultural conditions that gave rise to it. I want to...

19

Radically rethinking education

Stumbled on this video at James Joyner’s digs, and both the lecture and the animation are quite extraordinary. I was nodding along throughout. We do need to go in the exact opposite direction than...

14

The Future

In lieu of real blogging, I thought I’d throw out some ideas from Ian M. Banks’ introductory essay on his Culture novels (via io9). Here’s Banks on the future obsolescence of market economics: Concomitant...

2

Caught in the Middle

Says the Washington Post: The effort to repeal the law barring gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military is nearing a chaotic endgame involving fast-moving courts, a slow-moving military, a...

42

Once a Man, Like the Sea I Raged…

I see that it’s time once again for conservatives to worry that the American male is insufficiently masculine. Someone should tell them that the very first sign of insufficient masculinity is worrying about insufficient...