Monthly Archives: June 2012

“Spirituality,” Consciousness-Science, & New Atheism (Sam Harris)

  Sam Harris, one of the leading new atheists must have hit his head on something at his blog. Or to shift metaphor only slightly, Harris has gone out on a big limb here. His protestations notwithstanding, all this talk … Continue reading

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Lesbians (“Keep Your Wives Away From Them”)

Finished a couple weeks ago Miryam Kabakov’s edited anthology, Keep your Wives Away From Them: Orhtodox Women and Unorthodox Desires). For my purposes here, I’d like to read it against contemporary Jewish philosophy, which in my more churlish moments, I tend … Continue reading

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Plexiglass Watertower (Brooklyn)

(Tom Fruin Watertower, salvaged plexiglass and steel) Spotted this brighly bejeweled “watertower” by accident the other day in DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn (Down Under the Mahattan Bridge Overpass). Most of the website and blogsite postings for this work includes pictures … Continue reading

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Again After Weimar German Philosophy (One More Try)

So I got raked over the coals by a stranger at Facebook. I had it coming. She found my excoriation of the Weimar and post-Weimar gang of fellows “childish.” She has a point. It would be a terrible waste, anti-intellectual, and … Continue reading

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Old Stone House (Simulacrum)

I like flags and historical simulacra, including this landmark in what used to be the Brooklyn countryside. This replica of the old Dutch farmhouse in at the border of Park Slope and Gowanus. (I’m pretty sure this is a reconstruction). … Continue reading

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Old Media & New Media (Higher Ed & Big Technology)

At some point students and their parents will have to realize that they are getting ripped off. And it’s not by us, the hapless professoriate. Take for instance the recent article in the NYT about virtual models of higher education. The … Continue reading

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