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I finally got around to reading Robert Heinlein's science fiction novel Starship Troopers.

When I was growing up, I read two or three science fiction novels a week. How I missed Starship Troopers, I don't know.

And one of my ...

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The bar patron asked the bartender, "Is life worth living?"

The bartender replied, "It depends on the liver."1

In other words, it's a judgment call.

Most of us crave simple patterns to explain life. We crave simple rules to guide our behavior. We often don't get them.

I encountered an example ...

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Utopian schemes try to create a perfect society. They usually cause more suffering than they cure. It's a bad bargain.

Moreover, people seldom agree on what a perfect society would be like. No matter how good it is or in how many ways, somebody will still think it's awful and unjust.

And no matter how good people's lives are, ...

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"I am lying," said Epimenides the Cretan. So if he was lying, then he was telling the truth. And if he was telling the truth, he was lying.

Epimenides also made ...

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Why do smart, sane, honest people sometimes disagree no matter how hard they try to find the truth?

Name an issue:

  • Abortion
  • Feminism
  • Immigration
  • Islam
  • President Trump
  • Racism

My friends and I often have stark disagreements about those issues. But we're all decent, reasonable ...

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