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Day: May 27, 2005
R.I.P. Paul Ricoeur, 92
Wide-Ranging French Philosopher Is Dead: “Dr. Ricoeur’s work concerned what he called ‘the phenomenon of human life,’ and ranged over an almost impossibly vast spectrum of human experience. He wrote on myths and symbols; language and cognition; structuralism and psychoanalysis; religion and aesthetics; ethics and the nature of evil; theories of literature and theories of law.
These diverse subjects informed his lifelong study of ‘philosophical anthropology,’ an exploration of the forces that underpin human action and human suffering.” (New York Times )
Yearbook prank rankles Colorado school
Bush’s war comes home
Japanese used to swear by code of good manners.
First, Do No Harm
Accepting the offer, I made an appointment and visited the psychic at her home in Nottingham. I was ushered into a small room that was suitably festooned with mystical artifacts and adorned with books on tarot cards and astrology. During the reading my psychic used such ancient arts as numerology, astrology, palmistry, tarot cards and rune stones and even found hidden meaning in the colour of my tie. I remember that, amongst other things, she told me I was an only child and that I had four children the eldest of which was a boy. Both these statements are certainly true.
I can see how this might make an impact on many of her clients: the build up was superb and the ambience just right. But I was, and still remain, utterly unimpressed. The reason for my indifference was that I had studied many such psychic readings and understood how and why they worked.” — Tony Youens (Royal Institute of Philosophy)
Some Viagra users report blindness
I know this is nothing to laugh about, but I was thinking that these must be the men who are using the Viagra for autoerotic activities, right? Maybe they are the men whose women partners take the pill:
The pill has been associated with many side effects, including blood clots, migraines and weight gain. Perhaps least talked about is its tendency to dull libido by decreasing testosterone levels.” (New Scientist)
Listening to CDs with Joshua Redman
Playing the Diplomatic Changes: “Since at least 1996, when he released ‘Freedom in the Groove,’ Mr. Redman, now 36, has been advancing a theory of why jazz can and should share a space with pop. It has to do with sincerity as much as form: acknowledging what musicians truly listen to as they grow up and develop, as much as figuring out a way to make jazz phrasing fit over backbeats. Ultimately, he is playing what he likes and trying to make jazz records that in a gingerly way reflect advances in pop.” (New York Times )
I love the Times’ ‘Listening to CDs With…’ pieces. I would usually rather hear what a musician thinks of other music than a critic. (It might be the case that most critics would share that opinion…)
‘No Kidding’ Dept.
Sanctity of All Life??
The story was about legislation concerning embryonic stem cell research, and it included a comment from Tom DeLay urging Americans to reject ‘the treacherous notion that while all human lives are sacred, some are more sacred than others.’
Ahh, pretty words. Now I wonder when Mr. Bush and Mr. DeLay will find the time to address – or rather, to denounce – the depraved ways in which the United States has dealt with so many of the thousands of people (many of them completely innocent) who have been swept up in the so-called war on terror.
People have been murdered, tortured, rendered to foreign countries to be tortured at a distance, sexually violated, imprisoned without trial or in some cases simply made to ‘disappear’ in an all-American version of a practice previously associated with brutal Latin American dictatorships.” — Bob Herbert (New York Times op-ed)
Just Shut it Down
Listen to My Wife
Nowhere is there a greater gulf between the frustration people feel over a dilemma central to their lives and their equally powerful sense that there’s nothing to be done. As a result, talented people throw up their hands. Women are ‘opting out’ after deciding that professional success isn’t worth the price. Ambitious folks of both sexes ‘do what they have to,’ sure there is no other way. That’s just life.
My unreasonable wife rejects this choice. If the most interesting and powerful jobs are too consuming, Jody says, then why don’t we re-engineer these jobs – and the firms and the culture that sustain them – to make possible the blend of love and work that everyone knows is the true gauge of ‘success’? As scholars have asked, why should we be the only elites in human history that don’t set things up to get what we want?” — Matt Miller (New York Times op-ed)
While I agree, I also question the premise that the ‘talented’ people — the term he repeatedly uses — are confined to those who have made the devil’s bargain he posits, or that the thoughtful and caring among us opting out of the high-powered jobs is necessarily a tragedy we should restructure society to strive to prevent.
Show Your Disdain for Qwerty: “In the programming world, only the strong survive. But what about the smug? A new product, Das Keyboard, seems to have both in mind. It’s a regular 104-key keyboard – except that nothing is printed on the keys.
‘It’s really for geeks,’ said Daniel Guermeur, the creator. ‘They can already touch-type without looking. They feel a little bit superior. The keyboard is a statement.'” (New York Times )
Other Perils of Overweight
Study Tying Longer Life to Extra Pounds Draws Fire
But authors of the federal research said in interviews that they stood by their conclusions and that the criticisms were based on misrepresentations of what they had done.” (New York Times )