Debunking the myth: “An armed society is a polite society”

John Lennon's bloody glasses

Summary: As the gun lobby moves from expansion of concealed carry to open carry of guns, it is time to examine the nonsense that so many believe about gun. This is one of the delusions that form the foundation of the New America being built by Republicans using their dominance of State and Federal governments. Built on … Continue reading Debunking the myth: “An armed society is a polite society”

We are living in the crazy years AND Fahrenheit 451.

"The Persistence of memory" by Salvador Dali (1931))

Summary: We have entered the "Crazy Years", as predicted long ago by science fiction author Robert Heinlein. Our lives are like scenes from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. These echoes from history help us break through the myopia of our daily routine to see how America has changed -- and more clearly see where we are going. … Continue reading We are living in the crazy years AND Fahrenheit 451.

Why humanity has not gone to space, and why we will.

Space Dreams

Summary: On 20 July 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle on the moon's Sea of Tranquility and Armstrong took his giant leap for humanity. Now 45 years later we can cooly evaluate the Apollo program. What went wrong? What is the future of humanity in space? "Given time, a desire, considerable innovation, and … Continue reading Why humanity has not gone to space, and why we will.

A philosopher explains “Arrival” and “Stranger in a Strange Land”

Summary: Today we have a twin review by the philosopher Kelley Ross, looking at the use of language as the driving force in the book Stranger in a Strange Land and the film Arrival. Heinlein is one of the great science fiction authors (his worst works are excellent). Arrival is powerful film based on a science … Continue reading A philosopher explains “Arrival” and “Stranger in a Strange Land”

Did Robert Heinlein in 1961 predict the fall of the Soviet Union? Lessons learned from this.

Summary: Our past can help us to better understand our present. The ills of the present didn't just appear, and often can be seen more clearly in the past -- such as our penchant for believing fables. This post has it all: a great story about Robert Heinlein's astonishing prescience, the Evil Empire, demographic collapse, … Continue reading Did Robert Heinlein in 1961 predict the fall of the Soviet Union? Lessons learned from this.