One Reality, Many Opinions About Reality

If you drive a car very fast into a sharp curve in the road, you may really want to keep the vehicle under control. You may sincerely believe that you can, but that is determined by the condition of the road and the vehicle and on all of the forces Continue Reading →

Treat Causes, Not Just Symptoms

Appendicitis causes pain, fever, and vomiting. Taking medicines to ease the symptoms might provide temporary relief, but without addressing the cause, serious complications or even death will occur. To cure the disease, you must first know what it is that you are treating. The American health care system has some Continue Reading →

Incentives for Improved Health

Conventional medicine is great at acute care of immediate problems. All sorts of new, expensive equipment and procedures provide cutting-edge care for critical health issues. Why, then, do so many people still die or live impaired from heart disease, strokes, cancer, and other such scourges? Why are so many people Continue Reading →

The Not-Surprising Trump Speech

Whether you like him or not, Donald Trump’s speech before the United Nations was perfectly in line with what people have come to expect from him, of the image he has fostered, and of the rhetoric he uses. In many important ways, it is a different kind of speech to Continue Reading →

Plan for the Future but Live Now

Hurricanes, forest fires, and other disasters demonstrate just how quickly new reality can alter the prospects for entire regions. It doesn’t happen only during major disasters, though. In the course of a few hours, everything a family owns can be lost to a home fire. An automobile accident can alter Continue Reading →

Why Is Science So Often Wrong?

Science is the search for truth, and the method is the progressive elimination of possible answers to questions by proving them false. The underlying assumption of all science is that all effects have a cause. The force of gravity, for instance, is the cause of objects falling toward the center Continue Reading →

This Is America

There have been so many negative, divisive events clogging the news in recent months that it can distort the way we look at ourselves. It is sad that the focus of America has been on tiny fringe groups of radical troublemakers, as though they are the core of American character. Continue Reading →

When Central Planning Works

A significant swath of people believe that central planning by a government body is necessary for at least some economic activity. They can point to the rapid, massive buildup of the American war machines for both world wars and their successful prosecution, to the seemingly-successful management of consumer price inflation Continue Reading →

Left Fascism Versus Left Socialism

Fascists and socialists are quite different. Leftists of the fascist or Nazi variety had concentration camps and the Holocaust, whereas leftists of the socialist variety had gulags, mass extermination of villages, and state-sponsored mass-starvation of millions. See the difference? The biggest difference is that we learn about the Nazi variety Continue Reading →

What a Wonderful World

Music can be incredibly therapeutic, not only when you listen to it, but even more so when you make it. Singing in the shower can be a great release, but actually preparing songs and performing for an audience adds multiple dimensions of satisfaction. I sing with a barbershop quartet and Continue Reading →