Gravitron Fairies

  One of the more obvious things about doing television gigs is the compression of time. Everything has to be discussed in soundbytes and bumpersticker aphorisms. Five minutes is a long time, and twenty minutes stretches out in front of you like a highway in Montana. < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />  …

An Axe at the Root of the Tree

I would like to recommend some really heartening thoughts from the UK, here and here. Having said this, I should probably explain why such blunt, discouraging analysis should be registered in the “heartening thoughts” column. The answer is that in times of crisis, the truth is your first and best friend. If you have a …

Description and Explanation

Christopher Hitchens concludes his book, and I conclude my review of it, with Chapter Nineteen: “In Conclusion: The Need for a New Enlightenment.” But if this is enlightenment, we need to check the batteries. “Religion has run out of justifications. Thanks to the telescope and the microscope, it no longer offers an explanation of anything …