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A Few Black Holes in Brian Greene’s Logic

I’ve been reading Brian Greene’s The Fabric of the Cosmos. For those of you who don’t know Brian Greene, he wrote The Elegant Universe about string theory. He is very good at breaking complex scientific concepts into understandable parts. He is like a modern-day Carl Sagan, taking on the challenges of explaining scientific concepts that [...]

James O’Keefe & the Britney/Mao Syndrome

In my last blog, I forgot to mention the kind of true believer whose agenda is not religious. They existed en masse in Stalin’s Soviet Union, Hitler’s Third Reich, and Mao’s People’s Republic. During the Chinese cultural revolution, true believers ferreted out neighbors for the slightest infraction. A violin hidden in the back of a [...]

Why Is Israel So Difficult To Talk About?

Think about the topics that are impossible to constructively argue about: race, feminism, abortion, religion, and for some strange reason Israel. What do all of these topics have in common? People on each side of the argument are beginning from different premises, and for this reason our common language itself takes on different meanings. We [...]

Israel and the Arab Freedom Protests

This new peace and freedom movement sweeping through the Middle East might bode badly for Israel. No matter what the outcome, whether democracy is adopted quickly or slowly by the Arab countries, I can easily see the arrow of change going against Israel. If the divide between the Arab countries and Israel widens, it won’t [...]

Book Review of “The Evolution of God” by Robert Wright

First off, I would like to say that I think The Evolution of God is an exceptionally written book.  Wright is able to give plausible explanations for how the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, slowly developed from more primitive religious beliefs.  He does this in a remarkably easy to read way, by breaking down [...]

Abstract Art

It has been said that with existential plays like Hamlet Shakespeare was expressing the chaos of thought in his times.  Contemporaneous with Galileo, like the rest of humanity he was rocked by the notion that the earth was not the center of the universe.  And therefore man might not be the central focus of God’s [...]

Who Are The Nazis?

I think most of us saw on the news protestors against the healthcare initiative carrying posters with a Hitler moustache on President Obama’s face.  Today calling somebody a Nazi or even comparing them to Hitler is all too common.  In this case I believe the implication was that Obama was trying to ram governmental controls [...]

Passing Judgment on the Nokim (Israeli Assassins)

I first began researching the Nokim over ten years ago for a mystery/thriller I was writing called Prague Spring (Mystére Press, 2009).  At the time, very little information was available on this group of Jewish assassins.  To this day, when most people think about Jewish assassins, the film Munich comes to mind, with highly trained [...]

Terrorist or Freedom Fighter?

A very popular aphorism today is “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter,” and this is at the heart of a kind of moral relativism.  In other words, one can make the case that evil is in the eye of the beholder.  We in the United States can point at Al qaeda as terrorists [...]

The Shape of the Universe

Unfortunately, because I am not an academic, when I read things that are important to me, although I file them away in my memory, I do not jot them down so that I can remember the source and author.  Thus I must work from a lot of unquoted sources and I apologize to the cited authors [...]