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What’s in a Name, anyway?

UNSCHEDULED  – BUT FEEL FREE TO COMMENT What’s so distressing about someone saying your name wrong? Is there something more to it than a lack of familiarity? Is it disrespect? Is it passive-aggressive hostility? There’s something sacrosanct about a name. It’s the first gift we’re given as children, and like many unasked-for gifts, it can be […] Continue reading

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Thanks For All The Murder, Shakespeare

“I’m one of the very few. It’s prohibited, you see. But as I make the laws here, I can also break them. With impunity…” What is culture, if not the stories and works it creates and venerates? The global society in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is disturbing in their absence. In this day and age, more than […] Continue reading

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In Fear of the Coming Dark: Genetics and Humanity

There’s a striking moment in PBS’s “Cracking the Code of Life“ which, for a moment, may seem frightening. We cut to a scene from Gattaca, a 1997 film about something involving genes and astronauts, in which two parents are screening their gametes. They’re well on their way to sacrificing their myriad aspirations on an altar of parenthood, but […] Continue reading

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