Monthly Archives: November 2011

2011-11-25—EATYMOLOGY

When I hear a health food nut and vegetarian say that you are what you eat, I’m always tempted to reply, “Guess that makes you a vegetable.”  I bite my tongue, however, because—well—I happen to love turkey.  But while we … Continue reading

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2011-11-18—APPLYING OUR BRAINS TO BRAINS

The ancient Egyptians threw away the brain when they mummified a person, while keeping most of the other organs such as the liver, for they thought brains of no importance,.  And Aristotle believed that thought and the self was located … Continue reading

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2011-11-11—THE MEANING OF LIFE

What is the meaning of life?  Before we can even begin to answer that as a deep, philosophical question involving presumed purpose, we need to answer it in the ordinary sense of asking for the meaning of the word. What … Continue reading

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2011-11-04—THE IMPORTANCE OF BIOGRAPHY

Those interested in literature know who wrote The Old Man and The Sea, and almost certainly know something about the writer and his adventures, including the final one with the shotgun.  Those who are interested in art know who painted … Continue reading

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