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What is Spanish? A linguist’s perspective

Posted in Misc on Jul 17, 2018 | 1 Comment

Linguist John McWhorter explaining why trying to create “tidy categories” of languages isn’t a good way of understanding how they work in reality. He uses Spanish and its many variants and related languages as an example.

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Young Trevor Noah on God’s Will

Posted in Religion on Aug 5, 2017 | No Comments Yet

Trevor Noah shares a harrowing experience from his childhood in South Africa and disputes with his mother the role God’s will played in the event.

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What Research Shows About How Selfish We Are

Posted in Science on Jun 29, 2016 | No Comments Yet

Free market capitalism often assumes a high degree of selfishness, and competing systems, such as socialism, often assume a degree of cooperation. But what does the research show?

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Antonio Banderas Speaks Out on the Need for Latino Unity and How the U.S. Facilitates It

Posted in Misc, Politics on Mar 26, 2016 | No Comments Yet

Antonio Banderas received a Platino Award last year in a ceremony in Marbella, Spain. The actor took the chance to call for more Latino unity across Spanish-speaking countries as well as to recognize that the United States is where he has ironically seen the Latino best come together.

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Moses Never Encountered Another Primate

Posted in Religion, Science on Feb 19, 2016 | No Comments Yet

Yet another snippet from primatologist Frans de Waal’s book, in which he offers an interesting hypothesis about why some religious traditions struggle with the theory of evolution.

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The Difference Between Science and Religion Isn’t the Individuals

Posted in Religion, Science on Feb 19, 2016 | No Comments Yet

Primatologist Frans de Waal considers whether there are any substantive behavioral differences in the way of thinking between religious people and scientists, ultimately rejecting any such claim. He reasons that no individual is exempt from cognitive biases, and that the true significant differences between the theories of religion and science stem from the culture and communities surrounding them.

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Casual Ex-Catholics vs. Strict Ex-Protestants

Posted in Religion on Feb 18, 2016 | No Comments Yet

A Dutch observer compares ex-Catholics to ex-Protestants and proposes that the type of religious adherent one was deeply affects the type of atheist one becomes after leaving.

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Reading Analysis for 2015

Posted in Misc on Feb 11, 2016 | No Comments Yet

I thought it would be interesting to do some basic analyses on what books I read in 2015. Because #nerd.

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Announcing My Preliminary Presidential Endorsements

Posted in Politics on Dec 6, 2015 | No Comments Yet

So far, the lack of qualified, serious, trustworthy candidates running for president in 2016 is pretty notable. And yes, the election is still a year away. I will nonetheless announce my top two candidates thus far. I think everyone can agree that these two have set themselves apart from the rest of the field.

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Lane Merging: You’re Doing It Wrong

Posted in Misc on May 25, 2015 | No Comments Yet

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned lane merge and the accompanying traffic backup? There are usually a number of different personality types that can be observed at every merger: The early mergers. The ones who drive as cautiously and defensively as possible. Late mergers are their arch enemies. The late mergers. They often fly down that […]

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