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Reclaiming Independence through Independents

Or: We’re Sick and Tired of Common Sense Ideas tossed off as “non-starters!”

October 17, 2014 could have been a bit of a watershed for readers of the Washington Post. 1,078 more words


from Rights of Man by Thomas Paine

Lay then the axe to the root, and teach governments humanity.  It is their sanguinary punishments which corrupt mankind. In England,  the punishment in certain cases, is by hanging, drawing , and quartering; the heart of the sufferer is cut out, and held up to the view of the populace. 117 more words


Roused to Action

It used to be that words had power. They still do, but try to recall the last time you were roused to action by speech. Not a command to do something or because of some compelling duty, but by a passionate argumentative plea. 1,044 more words


The Digital Humanities and Word Clouds

Ever since I joined the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law, I’ve had a growing interest in big data analysis. With so much information being digitized — whether it’s criminal records, government documents, or historical archives —  researchers can engage with old resources in new ways and ask questions on scales previously unimaginable. 232 more words


Are You a [Blank] or Something Greater?

Came across this famous thought from the Roman Slave and Stoic Philosopher, Epictetus (Golden Sayings, 15):

“If what philosophers say of the kinship of God and be true, what remains for us to do but Socrates did–never, when asked one’s country, to answer, ‘I am an Athenian or a Corinthian,’ but ‘I am a citizen of the world.’ “

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