Steve McEllistrem

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Oh, Universe

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Oh, Universe Are you truly made of string? Do you vibrate eternal Your one-dimensional objects stitching our creation Weaving the genesis out of which we arise? Oh, Universe Why do you hide your dark matter Absorbing light and radiation Into … Continue reading

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Take the Jelly Bean Test

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What kind of person are you? When you’re eating jelly beans, do you start with your favorites and gobble them first before moving on to your less-liked flavors? Or do you start with the ones that are just okay and … Continue reading

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Daniel

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Why did I wait so long? I trusted there would be time in spades, years and decades to further our friendship, hone the edges of our razor wits – or did we only imagine we were funny? I confided truths … Continue reading

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The New Corporate America

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More than 50 years ago, on January 17, 1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us against the growing power of the military-industrial complex. How have we done since then? Big corporations have only become more powerful. They don’t advocate for direct … Continue reading

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The Myth of Equal Opportunity

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There has never been equal opportunity in America. Sure, there’s always been opportunity, but it’s never been equal. The wealthy have always gotten better opportunities than the poor. Whites have always gotten better opportunities than blacks or Hispanics or Asians … Continue reading

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Why do some of us seem to embrace ignorance?

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There’s been a movement underway for the past two decades or so to embrace ignorance. It was born out of disgust at the hectoring of liberal intelligentsia from Harvard and other premier universities, who delighted in telling the rest of … Continue reading

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Justice

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I’ve been thinking about justice a lot lately. When we’re confronted with a major injustice, we eventually rise up and confront it. Consider slavery, which took centuries to eradicate and which still has not been eliminated completely (it exists in … Continue reading

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God or Not God?

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There is evidence of God everywhere. And there is evidence of the lack of a God everywhere. It all depends on your point of view. Some point to the intricacies of life, the sheer magnitude of chance that brought about … Continue reading

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Why We Need Regulation

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American business leaders like to say they’re over-regulated, and if government would just get out of the way, the free market would handle everything, self-correcting when necessary. Many of them think of government as an evil that should be kept … Continue reading

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Belief vs. Action

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Some people think that freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion give them the right to say or do pretty much whatever they want. However, these freedoms are not absolute. The most common example given is that … Continue reading

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