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Amor Mundi 6/14/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on diversity of thought in the age of social media, explore the meanings and elements of computer code, and much more! Posted on 14 June 2015 | 11:01 pm

Video Archives – Peter Beinart Presents ‘The Crisis of Zionism’ (2012)

In this week's Video Archives, we remember a 2012 presentation by Peter Beinart on his book "The Crisis of Zionism." Posted on 11 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 8/17/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we examine how some local police departments in the U.S. have become over-militarized, illustrate why it is still important to study the classics, and search with Peter Matthiessen for the elusive snow leopard in the Himalayas. Posted on 18 August 2014 | 11:30 am

The New Materialism: From ‘Why’ and ‘What’ to ‘How.’

“The shift from the ‘why’ and ‘what’ to the ‘how’ implies that the actual objects of knowledge can no longer be things or eternal motions but must be processes, and that the object of science is no longer nature or the universe but the history, the story of the coming into being, of nature or…Read more The New Materialism: From ‘Why’ and ‘What’ to ‘How.’ Posted on 8 April 2013 | 11:03 am

Water and Desert: Perspectives in Education

For two years I taught literature, reading and writing at a public university in one of New York City’s outer Boroughs. Of course having come out of a liberal arts “thinking” institution what I really thought (maybe hoped) I was teaching was new perspectives. Ironically, the challenge that most struck me was not administrative, nor…Read more Water and Desert: Perspectives in Education Posted on 27 March 2013 | 10:11 am

A Sorry Bunch of Dwarfs

Freeman Dyson, the eclectic physicist, took good aim at philosophy last week in a review of the silly book by Jim Holt, Why Does the World Exist?” An Existential Detective Story. Holt went around to “a portrait gallery of leading modern philosophers,” and asked them the Leibnizian question: Why is there something rather than nothing?”…Read more A Sorry Bunch of Dwarfs Posted on 5 November 2012 | 3:05 pm

Miracles and Politics

In one of the Facebook comments responding to my post about Paul Ryan, a friend suggested I read Jon Rauch’s book Government’s End. The specific Facebook friendly recommendation read: “does the most cogent job of explaining why the US is stuck in rut.” I tend to take such recommendations seriously, so I did. The first…Read more Miracles and Politics Posted on 17 August 2012 | 3:48 pm