MIT Admissions’ Pitch

I hear he got in: April 18, 1994  Mr. John T. Mongan123 Main StreetSmalltown, California 94123-4567  Dear John:  You’ve got the grades. You’ve certainly got the PSAT scores. And now you’ve got a letter from MIT. Maybe you’re surprised. Most students would be. But you’re not most students. And that’s exactly why I urge you…



From Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett (Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1991): The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds it’s spot and takes…


Today’s Notables

Mark Shea: “Global Climate Disruption. Global warming is one of those things fraught with pseudoknowledge: Knowledge that people “know” not because they actually know it, but because a lot of people in the media have repeated it a lot and lots of other people you know look at you with disdain if you say, “But…


Sunday Song

Florence & the Machine – Dog Days Are Over

Get the whole CD. Worth it.

Things That Will Make You Think

If you aren’t nervous about the state of the U.S. economy, get nervous. Our kids are screwed unless “Change” becomes real (and I don’t mean Obama’s flavor). Those aren’t even the most obvious things – examine the pension system, for example. Tom Sowell works to dispel some of the old myths that keep popping up,…



I sought my soul and my soul, I did not see;
I sought my God, and He alluded me;
I sought my neighbor and I found all three.

– Anon

Sunday Song(s)

Ray LaMontagne – New York City’s Killing Me

Nas & Damien Marley – Count Your Blessings

Mark Ronson – The Bike Song