Monthly Archives: April 2012

Paying for the Wars

Am I the only one who has noticed that Congress, in allowing the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to happen as they did, failed in what, historically, is their most important duty? I’m not going to try to provide … Continue reading

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Change of WP Theme

An administrative post here: I am changing the theme to Twenty Ten because, although I have grown used to the ubiquitous sans-serif fonts on the web, I prefer standard roman fonts for readability. The new theme lacks numbered comments, but … Continue reading

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Ontological leaps and human souls

A recent post by Eric MacDonald touches on the Catholic doctrine that human beings have very special souls, souls that represent an ontological leap vis-a-vis all other life on earth. (Of course, this belief is shared by many others, but … Continue reading

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Wasted energy, and worse

So what is the problem with cheap energy? If something is cheap we tend to waste it, and this is the terrible and virtually unacknowledged truth about energy: Almost all the fossil fuel we have consumed has been wasted, and … Continue reading

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Cheap Energy

In historical terms, energy is very very cheap, so cheap that it is quite difficult to make accurate comparisons. Let’s survey some transitions that have occurred in human use of energy. Pre-human great apes, like all other animals, used only … Continue reading

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