Tag Archives: Collective Suicide

The Domino Effect

Last week’s title was resolutely optimistic, drawing inspiration from the game of bridge and summing up the philosophy behind my teaching. After this summer, however, this attitude is a bit difficult to maintain. One thing I am constantly learning from … Continue reading

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Invasive Species, Collective Suicide, and Self-Inflicted Genocide

Recently, the NYT published some answers to questions posed by readers: “Are We an Invasive Species? Plus, Other Burning Climate Questions.” One of these questions was whether or not humans count as an invasive species: Are we an invasive species?  … Continue reading

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Fear

“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny” -Thomas Jefferson   This election, as characterized by the media, is dominated by fear: The vast majority of Americans say they are afraid … Continue reading

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Syria and the Meaning of “Self”

Before the Jewish New Year, I got the following message from a friend: On Rosh Hashanah, it is written… On Yom Kippur, it is sealed. May it be written and may it be sealed that you and all your loved ones have … Continue reading

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