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  1. Role of the Reader

    by , 09-22-2016 at 02:21 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Recently, I self-published a book of fourteen short stories (link below), and I have mentioned that to a number of people since then. I have noticed that some people seem to want a summary of the themes and plots before they read the stories, and I was surprised to find that I think that they should read them and make their own judgments regarding the various aspects of the stories, even though I know what they mean and how people should understand them. But I have also read a lot about semiotics ...

    Updated 09-22-2016 at 06:03 PM by PeterL

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  2. Treating the Most Vulnerable

    by , 09-16-2016 at 04:07 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    For the last few decades the mentally ill have been treated mostly on an outpatient basis, if at all. And, as I pointed out in my post on homelessness, most homeless people in the U.S.A. have some sort of mental illness. Some mornings a guy who believes a number of conspiracy theories sits near me in Starbucks and treats me to his theories (he thinks hes doing me a favor to talk to me). Yesterday he admitted that he hears voices, also. This morning a quiet, pleasant guy I am acquainted with was ...

    Updated 09-16-2016 at 04:13 PM by PeterL

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  3. what I'm reading

    Taking "Old Goriot" by Balzac with me on vacation.
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  4. Effective punishment

    by , 09-10-2016 at 10:37 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    The purpose of jail is twofold: to try to convince people to not commit crime again and to keep the guilty away from society for a time. Jail certainly does sequester people, but for jail to be an effective training device, the recipient of the training has to understand and remember it afterward, and for some of the people jail is not training in the sense that I mean; although inmates may learn more criminal techniques, and they barely remember it afterwards. Jail time should be effective aversive ...
  5. Police, Guns, and Violence

    by , 09-05-2016 at 06:51 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    There have been too many examples of police killing too many innocent and unarmed people recently, and it is unacceptable that public employees, even police, should be targeted for assassination. How did we get to this horrible situation, and what can be done about it? One of the basic underlying problems is that police seem to regard themselves as being above the law, that laws do not apply to them. Together with this is the fact that many police are quite ignorant of the laws that relate to and ...