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What Is A Better Argument? | Reflections & Notes

June 29, 2018

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Reflections I am deeply concerned for this moment in our nation’s history for numerous reasons, including–but not limited to–losing our moral center, damaging any credibility and trust we have established in the world, prioritizing short-term power at the cost of long-term virtues, valuing ignorance, disdaining wisdom, and embracing the blindness of mutual contempt. Our public […]

League of Denial | Transcript

April 7, 2018

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League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis ANNOUNCER: Tonight on FRONTLINE, the epic story of football’s concussion crisis. HARRY CARSON, Author, Captain For Life: These players come down with dementia. ANNOUNCER: A major FRONTLINE investigation of what the NFL knew and when it knew it. STEVE FAINARU, FRONTLINE/ESPN: The level of denial was just profound. BETH WILKINSON, NFL’s Attorney: We […]

Not In God’s Name | Notes & Reflections

July 2, 2017

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Not In God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence. Schocken Books, 2015. (305 pages) I: Bad Faith 1. Altruistic Evil Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. – Blaise Pascal Religion in the form of polytheism entered the world as the vindication of power. Not only […]

Okay. Let’s Talk About It.

November 10, 2016

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“Seek first to understand.” – Socrates “Shema (שמע)” – Deuteronomy 6:5 Okay, friends. Let’s talk about it. A Pastor, The Pulpits, and Politics: A Lament Over this political season, a tremendous–and painful–quandary has arisen. As clergy, I am bound by two very real forces when it comes to my voice and politics. The first is […]

Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room | Notes & Quotes

October 1, 2015

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Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room, 2005 [R] And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? – Matthew 16:26 (NLT) In light of the recent news emerging out of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, it seems as if corporate malfeasance, […]

Being Mortal | Notes & Review

April 26, 2015

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Atul Gawande. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Metropolitan Books, 2014. (282 pages) PBS Special. UPDATE: California just passed AB-15 End of Life, (See NYTimes.com article). Introduction It is enough to make you wonder, who are the primitive ones. (6) MODERN SCIENTIFIC CAPABILITY has profoundly altered the course of human life. People […]