Monthly Archives: October 2017

Some Disparate Thoughts on Language Learning

Aeon an digital magazine committed to spreading knowledge and a cosmopolitan world view, recently carried a piece about the struggle under way throughout the world to preserve so-called minority languages.  In some cases, the term minority is applied generously.   Many of these … Continue reading

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A Cult Leader or Simply a Frightened Little Man?

Earlier this morning, I finished a rather fascinating article exploring whether the Kim dynasty has essentially managed to construct nationwide cult, one so entrapped in its dogma and mysticism that it would gladly sacrifice itself in the face of American … Continue reading

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Westworld: An Enduring Science Fiction Legacy

Last night, I watched the troubling and highly dystopian film Westworld.  A long time has passed since my first viewing in 1973 in the Cinema Twin Theater in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with my old boyhood chum, Joey Johnson. The movie … Continue reading

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A Bittersweet Cruising Memory

Every time I watch American Graffiti, the classic movie about American cruising culture, I’m invariably reminded of our own cruising tradition in my hometown of Russellville, Alabama. Some long-term courtships and even a few marriages were forged during those long … Continue reading

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Memes and the Human Exoskeleton

I’ve posited before in this forum my theory that much of human destiny is bound up in what I call a “Noncorporeal Human Exoskeleton (NHE).” This exoskeleton is comprised of all sorts of things – culture, political ideology, religious beliefs … Continue reading

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