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A Grin and Grim Short Story, Part II

Still brought to you by Fun with Words,™ a division of Book-in-Drawer Publications. ™ Warning: The following may seem cynical and depressing, but is actually meant to be an inoculation against cynical and depressing. All right, the part I scenario above all seems kind of grim and not much grin—and for good reason. It is […]

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eThoughts : Consequences, Part II

Perhaps consequences have not much been the lead sled dog in our framing of reality because arguments about freedom or determinism or morality seem so much more spectacular, if a bit ambiguous. For instance we can be inundated with dictums such as, be good go to heaven, be bad go to hell. Kill for sport […]

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eThoughts : February 1. 2012: Consequences, Part I

60 Minutes can be an interesting television program. Recently there was the story about Leon Panetta, President Obama’s Secretary of Defense. A good story and a hard man not to like. But I took umbrage with his telling families who have lost a loved one in war that their son or daughter will not be […]

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eThoughts : The Smartest Person in the World: How Frightening Would That Be?

Brought to you by, More Knucklehead Philosophy,™ a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ It’s one thing to have an occasional idea that no one seems to have thought about and it’s entirely another thing—I imagine—to be that kind of person on a regular basis. I mean, just how unnerving would it be to be the smartest […]

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eThoughts : June 1, 2011: Reality-Making: Is Our Notion of Time in the Way?

Brought to you by, Knucklehead Philosophy,™ a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ All of these differing human attentions are a bit like the stories of leprechauns or ghosts intersecting with humans and how what we think are realities are only partially true. In other words, such stories are about puncturing our ideas (or other entities’ ideas) […]

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eThoughts : Equanimity

Brought to you by, Reality Theater,™ a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ Navigating through life seems to be a lesson in equanimity—though that doesn’t mean one has to sit idly by while life’s carnivores chew away on them. It does mean that we might be careful making attributions about why such events happen. Cause and effect […]

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eThoughts : May 1, 2011: Reality?

Brought to you by, Random Musings After Another Weird Day,™ a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ This reality business is rather interesting—and annoying, at least to the degree we struggle with trying to be clean about our interpretations so they don’t masquerade as facts. But we’re working with a limited apprehensional skill set. And that’s yet […]

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eThoughts : July 1, 2010: Life Doesn’t Repeat Itself, We Do”

I have had occasion lately to think about the human debris field that can be interpersonal relationships. And yep, that includes my screw-ups. And I have had occasion lately to think about the beauty that can be interpersonal relationships. And yep, that includes a contribution or two by yours truly. The debris field doesn’t just […]

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eThoughts : The Big Things

Okay, the previous post aside, let’s face it, sometimes it feels good to feel bad. And sometimes it feels good to create the bad—in big bold strokes. Think Revelations in the Christian bible. And no, don’t send your cards and letters to me, I’m not disparaging anyone, I’m thinking about how we manifest our craziness […]

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eThoughts : Gaining Wisdom: Checking Belief and Truth With Reality

Both belief and truth are potential tyrannies. Witness California’s passage of Proposition 8 defining marriage as that between a man and a woman. A group of people—homosexuals—are denied marriage. How about the laws, passed by a majority, that governed the interaction of blacks and whites—or not as the case actually was. Separate facilities, no intermingling—including […]

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eThoughts : The Art of Reversibility

Part of the series It’s All Been Said Before™ (© 2006), a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ From a movie to an email. I recently received an email from someone that noted a moral philosophy is one thing, the application of morality quite another. Yep, that seems like a good revelation to me. But what do […]

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eThoughts : The Art of Decentration

Part of the series It’s All Been Said Before™ (© 2006), a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ I was watching a movie recently and realized that the dialogue was supposed to be a kind of “European” versus “Native American” pattern of thinking. For me it raised some interesting questions—like who is seeing reality correctly, or are […]

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eThoughts : Cohort Communities: Housing People of Like Minds

Part of the series It’s All Been Said Before™ (© 2006), a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ What prompted my previous cognitive meandering was a lot of email about terrorism, supporting our country, supporting our policies, etc. As I and others have said, supporting the principles our country was founded upon does not mean we have […]

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eThoughts : Sacred But Not Exclusive: Part II

Part of the series It’s All Been Said Before™ (© 2006), a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ Perhaps it’s the way things blend together, perhaps my attention is being or has been directed towards this sacred-but-not-exclusive focus, but another conversation about a different subject, broached by my friend, seemed to land on the same nail. So, […]

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eThoughts : Sacred But Not Exclusive: Part I

Part of the series It’s All Been Said Before™ (© 2006), a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ A friend of mine sent me some stuff over the Internet—one was a joke about a priest who got a bit crocked during a sermon and screwed up the biblical language so that it came off as street language […]

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eThoughts : The Practice of Seeing Reality

Part of the series Conversations™ (© 2006), a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ It is my thought that, like medical doctors, academic doctors, especially in the behavioral sciences and humanities, should call their work a practice. Unlike medical doctors, academic doctors, can, and should, practice way beyond the confines of our offices and classrooms. So, it […]

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eThoughts : The Philosophical Umbrella

Part of the series It’s All Been Said Before™ (© 2006), a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ In these perilous times, or in any time, is there one overall perspective that should be guiding humanity? Would such a perspective be the umbrella under which many a behavior and mental process would occur—the ideal-to-construct process? Sometimes it […]

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eThoughts : Fundamentals Before Complexity

Instead of standing around acting like our view of reality is the view, maybe we could consider it a view. All right, I know we all know this, but it seems like we spend a lot less time reporting what we see and a lot more time trying to impose it. Ethical and moral reporting […]

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