- Pure Science flees the Seducer.
- Changing times and the Tao.
- Where’d the Growth Fairy go?
- Left Extremism? I’d have heard of it were there such a thing.
- Faking sincerity badly.
One can only assume that pure science now needs to move fast (and beg hard) to keep its skirts from being lifted by the ever randy and handy corporate giants.
In the universities, the scientists generally proceed from promotion to promotion and from grant to grant, leaving few recorded moments of conscience or professional self-doubt; and the professors of the humanities seem for the most part merely to be abashed by the sciences, deferring to their certainties, adopting their values, admiring their wealth, and longing even to imitate their methodology and their jargon. The journalists think it intellectually chic to stand open-mouthed before any wonder of science whatsoever. The media, cultiviating their mediocrity, seem quite confortably unaware that many of the calamities from which science is expected to save the world were caused in the first place by science — which meanwhile is busy propagating further calamaties, hailed now as wonders, from which it will later undertake to save the world. Nobody, so far as I have heard, is attempting to figure out how much of the progress resulting from this enterprise is net. It is as if a whole population has been genetically deprived of the ability to subtract.
(Wendell Berry, Life is a Miracle)
To remark “Times are changing” as the warrant for adjusting the Tao in the interest of sexual “needs” would, surely, find a stony response from the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, fathers, and the ancient Church generally.
(Tom Howard in Touchstone)
Some things I quote because they’re interesting, others because I think they’re true. This one I think true, and the article that includes it is worth reading:
Over the last decade, the entire political class, at both the federal and state levels, banked on economic growth that never materialized and on wealth that eventually vanished.
Do media under-report left extremism?
Sincerity’s everything. If you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made.
But turning God into a hyphenated adjective is kind of lame. Especially when even that takes three voice votes.
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