Monthly Archives: January 2013

Helmet Safety Laws of Utahpia

Helmets“No brilliance is required in law, just common sense….”

─ John Mortimer

In the “Justice” episode of the television series Star Trek:  The Next Generation, the starship Enterprise crew investigates the culture of the newly discovered humanoids, the Edo.  Edo society is virtually free of crime and maintains only a small group of “mediators” to serve as what we would call peace officers.  Each … Read more

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The Best (Atheist) Singing Acting Comedian

Photo of Tim Minchin copyright Linzy@angryfeet.com

Photo of Tim Minchin copyright Linzy@angryfeet.com

When I initially watched a video of Tim Minchin performing one of his songs to his own piano-playing, it was love at first sight. His timing is great, his rational philosophy is matchless, he’s delightfully honest about love and human absurdity and parenthood and prejudice and religion. Plus he’s very funny and rather attractive in a self-mocking semi-androgynous way.… Read more

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A Radically Rational Approach to Marriage

handshakeMost of the world’s cultures advocate some form of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. You’d think treating your mate according to such a rule would be ideal.

Not necessarily. Not if it means you’d be giving what you want for yourself, not what the other person wants. I like to think in terms of an … Read more

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Family Secrets Revealed

Typical Japanese grave:  my uncle's family tomb in Yamagata prefecture.

Typical Japanese grave: my uncle’s family tomb in Yamagata prefecture.
Photo: Chie Takahashi

My mother, Yukino Asai, is a native of Gunma Prefecture, Japan.  Born in 1934, her life began not only in a place but also a time very different from New Jersey where she lives today.  Over the decades, she’s told and re-told countless stories from childhood, and I’ve tried to piece together … Read more

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10 Bright Ways to Think about Death

sands of timeIt may seem paradoxical, but what more rational way for a Bright to say good-bye to the old year and welcome a new one than to consider the end of everything?

That’s why I’ve compiled some approaches toward death held by various clear thinkers. Philosophers, psychologists, scientists, poets, and novelists have expressed a wide array of attitudes about dying. I find each of the ones … Read more

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