Or rather, the phenomenon that is Google cries out for Tom Lehrer. Come out of retirement, Tom! Political satire is not obsolete, notwithstanding Kissinger’s Nobel …. A colleague posted on a listserv a brief note about an article on “Google’s planes”. I thought, no, really? Google is buying planes? for streetview, I imagine — holy […]
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"The Difference a Word Makes": Most humans feel what Paul Kurtz has called the `transcendental temptation,' the emotional drive to festoon the universe with large-scale meaning .... Secular humanists suspect there is something more gloriously human about RESISTING the religious impulse; about accepting the cold truth, even if that truth is only that the universe is as indifferent to us as we are irrelevant to it; about facing the existential vacuum in all its horrible majesty; and constructing a life of compassion and exuberance on its brink without relying on the dubious shelter of faith.