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Doctor of philosophy, professor of biology, author, musician, songwriter; curious to know why things are the way they are, and how they came to be....

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  • Free Market Capitalism is Immoral
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    Free Market Capitalism is Immoral

    4 years ago

    An essay on the immorality of capitalism, given that the economy is a thermodynamic system...

  • Twilight (a song about the end of days)
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    Twilight (a song about the end of days)

    12 months ago

    Did you ever imagine that it would come to this? As we teeter at the edge of the abyss, say good-bye to the grand illusion of unending progress that made it so easy to ignore the growing mess.

  • Red State Blues
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    Red State Blues

    7 months ago

    Missouri’s got me singing the blues about the red state of mind: the fog in which the fearful choose to follow leaders who are blind, and psycho preachers who feed their flock with blissful ignorance—with so many...

  • My Wendler Doubleneck
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    My Wendler Doubleneck

    10 months ago

    On indulging my rock and roll fantasy with a doublneck guitar-mandolin, custom made by luthier Dave Wendler of Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Evolution is a Fact, Explained by a Theory
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    Evolution is a Fact, Explained by a Theory

    10 months ago

    Owing to religion’s unremitting grip on human consciousness, many people still refuse to acknowledge their genealogical kinship with all of earth’s creatures. Such folks often argue that evolution is “just a...

  • Same Old Story (Same Old Song)
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    Same Old Story (Same Old Song)

    12 months ago

    When I was a young boy I would look up at the stars And dream of being a spaceman, and of traveling to mars, and beyond...

  • The Second Law of Thermodynamics is the Final Cause of Reality
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    The Second Law of Thermodynamics is the Final Cause of Reality

    17 months ago

    It is often said that the existential question “why are we here?” is beyond the reach of science. I disagree: science has already answered that question....

  • Lament for the Day
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    Lament for the Day

    10 months ago

    There was a time back in the day When the kids tuned in to peace and love; I wonder how we lost our way— I thought we all had had enough. But the man is back—his wily way Gave war and greed a way to rule; If...

  • Julian Jaynes's Theory of Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind
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    Julian Jaynes's Theory of Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind

    6 months ago

    The Search for Lost Gods and an Innocence of Certainty--A review of Julian Jaynes's remarkable theory of consciousness.

  • 2020
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    2020

    17 months ago

    An old man walking through the woods at twilight Comes upon some campers by a fire: A young family of three, clad in pelts and deerskin, Sit huddled round the campfire to keep warm...

  • The Creation of Humanity, Part 2
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    The Creation of Humanity, Part 2

    17 months ago

    What do you know to be true? What makes a fact a fact? Is knowledge innate or learned, or can it be both? If one person knows something to be true, and a second person knows the same thing not to be true, is it always...

  • The Nature of Change, Part 5
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    The Nature of Change, Part 5

    10 months ago

    Development is a beautiful thing. It is that which creates distinctive somethingness from vague nothingness. It occurs because of mutuality, which is manifest whenever a set of contingencies (interdependencies among...

  • Why I love rock 'n' roll
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    Why I love rock 'n' roll

    17 months ago

    I love music. I like all genres (well, disco not so much, and ditto for gangsta rap); especially bluegrass, swing, and jazz; but most of all, rock and roll....

  • The Creation of Humanity, Part 1
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    The Creation of Humanity, Part 1

    17 months ago

    Ideas, such as those presented here, are imaginary creations. Human imagination is strong medicine. The theistic mythology that motivated the development of western civilization is imaginary...

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