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  1. Political Cynicism

    by , 10-03-2015 at 08:02 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Cynicism

    1. An inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest; skepticism.
    "Public cynicism about politics"
    Synonyms: skepticism, doubt, distrust, mistrust, suspicion, disbelief.
    pessimism, negativity, world-weariness, disenchantment

    2. A school of ancient Greek philosophers, the Cynics.
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us...glish/cynicism

    I will confess ...
  2. Banning Books

    by , 09-30-2015 at 11:46 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I noticed that this is Banned Books Week, so I looked at the ALA (American Library Association) website to see what they have about it. http://www.ala.org/bbooks/ It includes lists of banned books, and it brought tears to my eyes. For the decade 2001 – 2010 the Harry Potter series leads the list as the most banned in the U.S. I only read the first four, so I don’t know how good the rest are, but the ones I read were very good. It isn’t literature for the centuries, but it’s better than the Hardy ...
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  3. What books can do to you!?

    by , 09-27-2015 at 10:23 AM (day in a life)
    I am taking a course called literature and medicine, the professors have a literary background but they teach a course similar to this one for medical students too and now they are bringing this to us MA literature students. I really enjoy the class and I find the whole thing very, very interesting. But some of the books I have been reading have a let's say difficult impact on me. One is by an author from the ice and is about the time her husband was diagnosed and died from a brain tumour. She describes ...
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  4. The Dominant Sex

    by , 09-25-2015 at 06:51 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    It probably is a mistake for me to write this, but I had to start it.
    There is much too much in this matter for me to thoroughly cover it in a blog post. A three hundred page book would be a better start.

    The Economist had an article this week (link below) that reinforces what most people have long known; i.e., that females are still the dominant sex among humans. I realize that many people mouth the converse of that, but woman have always controlled everything ...

    Updated 09-26-2015 at 03:54 PM by PeterL

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  5. Missing Words

    by , 09-22-2015 at 02:00 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    It is said that English has more words than any other language. I have not counted all the words in every language, so I don’t know for sure, but I have read things to that effect enough time that I have come to believe it. Even with all those words, it is possible that some have been missed, words that should be in the language but are not.

    I started this after I saw the freshly coined word “islamophobia” in the head line of an editorial (I really should stop reading newspapers). ...

    Updated 09-23-2015 at 01:27 PM by PeterL

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