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Reading Problems

Posted on Sep 14, 2003 | Last Updated Aug 16, 2013

Common reading problems.

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reading problems

The nature of apathy

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

To be apathetic is to invite entropy, says Olson. How do we deal with it?

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apathy, entropy, progress, decay

Psychics and Statistics

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Sep 26, 2015

What happens when a Carl Sagan fan meets with person with psychic ability.

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paranormal ability, psychics, pseudoscience, statistics, logic

The Happy Worker

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 30, 2011

An essay on the coomon person's role in the workforce.

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worker, life of work, toiling for money

Educational Inflation

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

A critique of the value of educational diplomas.

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high school diploma, college graduation, intellectual certification, educat

Pet People

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

A Chalkboard column by Shawn Olson about regulars at a pet store.

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pet owner habits, peculiarities of pet owners, pet store, pet people, anima

The animalism of our species

Posted on Sep 28, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 7, 2011

Response to the Eugene Armstrong beheading. Humans are not as civilized as we presume; we are sometimes more barbaric than animals.

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eugene armstrong, beheading, terrorists, terrorism, human nature, war, barbarism

Reviewing the Slate

Posted on Feb 26, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

Review of Steven Pinker's book The Blank Slate and the common notion that we are all born without predispositions.

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blank slate, human nature, steven pinker, cultural relativism, feminism, brain, psychology

CandleWatch - Rekindling the love for candlelight

Posted on Dec 9, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 8, 2011
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CandleWatch is a new jar candle accessory that automatically extinguishes jar candles.

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candlewatch, candle accessory, fire safety

What to Believe

Posted on Jun 6, 2004 | Last Updated Nov 5, 2011

A statement on how I approach Belief.

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beliefs, faith, skepticism, skeptic, science, religion, philosophy, metaphysics, pseudoscience
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