Exploring the Unknown

Heart Map Oronce Fine 1534

The Untold Story of Exploration This is a book by Lowell Thomas, published in 1937. Its various chapters outline the stories of explorers who are not the most widely known. One chapter traces the career of Ulrich Schmiedel von Straubing (aka Ulrico Schmidl) who accompanied the Spanish expedition headed by Pedro de Mendoza to South… Continue reading Exploring the Unknown

KFO, Time Traveler

Mosaic depicting Roman hunting party and banquet from Late Roman Villa in Sicily

I have had a recurring fantasy that I am transported through time and space and find myself in what appears to be ancient Rome (or some other town in Roman Italy). My first thought is “How cool is this! I have so much to learn here and I can tell them about world geography, technology,… Continue reading KFO, Time Traveler

Time, Time, Time….

“Time, time, time, see what’s become of me,” sang Simon and Garfunkel. Our concern with time is an interesting aspect of civilization. Here are some random thoughts.   The secular order of time has been greatly disrupted by the virus. School and popular holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving have been canceled or curtailed. It’s a major… Continue reading Time, Time, Time….

Bulletin for Seniors (and Juniors?) Interested in Ethics

The course on Ethics offered in the autumn is at a college level, so the work will be challenging and interesting. The text originally identified, Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue, begins with the problem that the variety of moral beliefs, and the difficulty of finding objective reasons to prefer one over the other, invites the conclusion… Continue reading Bulletin for Seniors (and Juniors?) Interested in Ethics

Yet More About the Supreme Court’s PPACA (Obamacare) Opinion (Part 3)

Last time, we talked about whether the federal Anti-Injuction Act barred challenges to the PPACA. All nine justices were united in the view that it did not, which leads us to the question whether the “shared responsibility payment” (“SRP”) provision of the PPACA was within the power of Congress to enact. Here we do not… Continue reading Yet More About the Supreme Court’s PPACA (Obamacare) Opinion (Part 3)

Further Reasoning Re the PPACA (Obamacare) Opinion

On the Supreme Court website, you can find the docket for this case (the title is National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius), which lists all the papers filed with the Court (this word is traditionally capitalized for the Supreme Court). It’s a long list. Oral argument is a dramatic high point, but it is… Continue reading Further Reasoning Re the PPACA (Obamacare) Opinion

Reasoning as an Aid to Charity During an Election Year

During an election season, emotions run high. Citizens are rightly concerned about the important issues at stake. They naturally feel upset when those issues are unfairly characterized by their political adversaries. Those who seek to remain in charity with their fellow-citizens can find it a time of stress. The United States Supreme Court’s recent decision… Continue reading Reasoning as an Aid to Charity During an Election Year

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