Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Feeling Your Pain

9/29/09. Book review of "The Age of Empathy" by Frans de Waal, a biologist at Emory University who studies altruistic behavior among primates.


Monday Quotations

9/29/09. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the United Nations last week:

"Yesterday, the man who calls the holocaust a lie spoke from this podium... "


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Kristol Clear

9/22/09. Irving Kristol died a few days ago at age 89. He was a tireless champion for free markets and open minds, understanding how the remarkable engine of American free enterprise created opportunities for so many people from all over the world to improve their lives.

Below is a lecture Kristol gave in 1991 entitled "The Capitalist Future."


David Brooks writes about Irving Kristol in today's New York Times.


Charles Krauthammer on Irving Kristol.


Joseph Epstein remembers Kristol's genius of temperament.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday Quotations


"You can't find the soul with the scalpel."

--- Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 1880)

"Heaven defend me from a busy doctor."

--- Welsh proverb

"The diseases of the mind are more destructive than the diseases of the body."

--- Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 B.C. - 43 B.C. )

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday Quotations


"There is no observer outside the experiment."

--- Werner Heisenberg (1901 - 1976)

"The psychopathology of schizophrenia is one of the most intriguing, since it permits a many-sided insight into the workings of the diseased as well as the healthy mind."

--- Eugen Bleuler (1857 - 1939)

"Children sweeten labors, but they make misfortunes more bitter. They increase the cares of life, but they mitigate the remembrance of death."

--- Frances Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Man vs. God

9/14/09. Two prominent thinkers debate God, science, evolution, and religion.