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Thank You, President Trump

I have several things to thank you for, President Trump. This note of thanks is not sarcastic. It is sincere.

Until Saturday, January 21, I had never been to our …
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Dreaming of Energy, Otherwise

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We are enthralled with energy. From the political slogan seeking “energy independence” in the US to the calories burnt during an intense exercise routine at a local gym or consumed …
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Donald Trump’s Topsy-Turvy World
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Donald Trump’s Topsy-Turvy World

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The most depressing aspect of the post-electoral period in the US is not the measures announced by the President-elect but the way the bulk of the Democratic Party is reacting …
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University as an Intellectual Asylum

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Asylum today means both sanctuary from violence or oppression, but also a place of incarceration. The term originates from ancient Greek, where solun meant seizure, so asolun meant freedom from …
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Universal Resurrection

We hear a lot about Elon Musk’s extravagant attempts to break out of the confines of the earth; we hear a lot about the remarkable advances in artificial intelligence and …
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Consent is not a Contract

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Contracts may require consent, but is consent a form of contract? From current informed medical consent policies to affirmative sexual consent polices, consent is being treated, explicitly or implicitly, as …
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Teledildonics and Transhumanism

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The word ‘teledildonics’ has been around at least since 1990. And it remains current, even if the phenomenon it names is sometimes also called sex with robots. The theme was …
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Amazonian Poems

 

AMAZONIAN POEMS

 

Table

The table often dreams of having been an animal.

But if it had been an animal, it would not be a table.

If it had …
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The Globalization of Hate

The German philosopher Ernst Cassirer has defined man as an animal symbolicum. For, unique among living beings, “he has so enveloped himself in linguistic forms, in artistic images, in mythical …
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Redemption Rodeo

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The price of admission is $20, but my mouse hovers over the Check Out button with a tinge of trepidation. My reluctance? To give money to an institution that forces …
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