Just a Thought. 14.

My husband, Paul, and I host a weekly reading group. We read one book in the fall, another in the spring. This past spring we read Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind which, week after week, generated the best discussions we've had to date. If you haven't yet read the book, here's a spoiler alert. I'm about…

Just a thought. 7.

Who said the following: "I wanted to dispel the fictions of hearsay, and to ask people into whose hands my book may come not to prefer widely circulated and eagerly accepted fantasies over truth uncorrupted by sensationalism."* Did you guess Tacitus? Tacitus, the renowned Roman historian, writes these words in the Annals sometime around 117 CE.…

Hobbes’ Humility Check

Lately I've been troubled by laughing-at-stupid-people infotainment, especially in partisan news media, and on both sides of the political spectrum. I'd like to watch a broadcast that doesn't devolve into some version of nanny-nanny-poo-poo-you-have-stinky-pants. That the anchor wears a suit and tie, frowns, and speaks solemnly makes the content no less snide. But from my armchair,…