Quote of the Day

So would you say that, during your lifetime, humanity has progressed in the construction of a somewhat more just society? “There have been enormous changes. Just look here at MIT. Take a walk down the hall and take a look at the nature of the student body: it’s about half women, a third minorities, informally … More Quote of the Day

‘Tis the Season

Victoria has a small but lively Jewish community. When we first moved here six years ago, I was amazed to see that a Chanukah parade of lights that went on for a few blocks with men, women, and children carrying Star Wars like lights and singing Chanukah songs. Chanukah fell close to Christmas that year, … More ‘Tis the Season

My Conspiracy Theory

Political extremists of all stripes are prone to conspiracy theories, witness the so-called 9/11 Truthers. The 9/11 Truthers are left-wing and right-wing activists—I am tempted to say lunatics– who believe, with precious little evidence, that the attacks of 9/11 were an inside job. They see any attempt to point out the lack of credible evidence … More My Conspiracy Theory

Quote of the Day

“Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” ― Steven Pinker, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century