Monthly Archives: March 2013

“Homosexuality is forbidden in the Koran….” ― Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton

“‘(Is it not true that) of all the people you alone approach males (for sexual satisfaction), ‘And leave that (abode of love) which your Lord has created for you in your wives. ‘Nay, (the real fact) you are a people … Continue reading

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Sexuality and Homosexuality

“The notorious disproportion between the sexuality of man and woman,” Ortega wrote, “which makes the normally spontaneous woman so conservative in ‘love,’ probably coincides with the fact that the human female usually enjoys less imaginative power than the male”―which, let … Continue reading

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Europe, the Middle Ages, and Progress

“It says much about the Middle Ages that in the year 1500, after a thousand years of neglect, the roads built by the Romans were still the best on the continent.” ― A World Lit Only by Fire, The Medieval … Continue reading

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Robin Hood: Leavening the Legend

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Parsing Language for Gain: a Pernicious Trade

“Why is it that our common language, so easy for any other use, becomes obscure and unintelligible in contracts and wills, and that a man who expresses himself so clearly, whatever he says or writes, finds in this [the legal] … Continue reading

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On Passing Impartial Judgment

“There are few things on which we can give a sincere judgment, because there are few in which we have not in some way a private interest.” ― The Complete ESSAYS OF MONTAIGNE, Translated by Donald M. Frame, Stanford University … Continue reading

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Play and Humanity

“Play lies outside the antithesis of wisdom and folly, and equally outside those of truth and falsehood, good and evil.  Although it is a non-material activity it has no moral function.  The valuations of vice and virtue do not apply … Continue reading

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