Monthly Archive: April 2007

Apr 15 2007

A Lattice of Coincidence: Metaphysics, the Paranormal, and My Answer to Layne

I don’t usually debate people about their actual religious or spiritual beliefs, unless they’ve either asked me to explicitly, or have invited me to implicitly by arguing with my beliefs. (I did say “usually,” everyone, so there’s no need to rush to the archives to dig up counter-examples — unless you’d find that entertaining.) I’ll …

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Apr 14 2007

Credibility and the Duke Rape Case Fiasco

I was going to chime in on the weird fucked-up-edness of the whole Duke University rape case fiasco. But the SmackDog Chronicles already said pretty much what I wanted to say about it. So I’m just going to point you to his blog instead. The quotes that really struck me: But what really saddens and …

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Apr 12 2007

Gratuitous Provokery and ’80s Nostalgia: Kathleen Parker and Religious Imagery in Art

So conservative pundit Kathleen Parker recently wrote a column about the latest art kerfuffle, the Chocolate Jesus (a.k.a. My Sweet Lord). While I actually agreed with at least some of the gist of her piece (Catholics shouldn’t be issuing death threats over religious imagery they find offensive — kind of a hard point to argue …

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Apr 11 2007

The Weirdest Little City in the World: Our Trip to Reno

At the risk of sounding like a third-grader’s social studies report: Reno is a land of contrasts. It’s a city whose entire reason for being is to suck money from out-of-towners. (That’s even true historically — according to a plaque we saw on the river, one of the city’s founders was a gold rush prospector …

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Apr 07 2007

“She Loved…” An Excerpt from “Bending”

And now, a dirty story. I’m going to be away from my blog for a few days while I take care of some other stuff. So instead of starting another big heavy discussion topic, I thought I’d give you a nice dirty story to tide you over for a few days. (Family members and others …

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Apr 05 2007

The Martians Explain Consciousness

This is one of the smartest, most perceptive things I’ve read about consciousness and our understanding of it, and I just had to pass it along. “Suppose you’re a medieval physicist wondering about the burning of wood,” Pat likes to say in her classes. “You’re Albertus Magnus, let’s say. One night, a Martian comes down …

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Apr 03 2007

Dream journal, 4/3/07: Ingrid’s Wedding

I dreamed that Ingrid and I were visiting Ingrid’s relatives in Arkansas. She had a couple of old friends there who she was still in touch with, and one of them was a guy who, for complicated legal or logistical reason, needed to get married. So somehow it got decided that Ingrid should marry him, …

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Apr 02 2007

Does The Cage Disappear?

We saw this play about S/M at the Magic Theater on Friday, called “Pleasure + Pain.” Despite the somewhat obvious title, it wasn’t half bad; at times on the obvious and overwritten side, and definitely in the “plea for understanding” vein… but with complicated and nuanced characters, and some genuinely interesting ideas. And one of …

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