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A Pragmatist's Take

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About this blog: Real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. I stumbled across this insight as a teenager (in the 1960s). As a grad student, I belonged to an org...  (More)

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Humpty Dumpty's Theory of Meaning + 1984 + Overton Window
Mar 17, 2018 4:16 am
Comments: 20 | Views: 9,892

Respect for language is essential for a meaningful, productive discussion. Developing a sensitivity to misuse and manipulation of language is a foundation of critical... More
Parkland School Shooting: Why work for a good solution when there is a proven non-starter?
Mar 1, 2018 12:33 am
Comments: 40 | Views: 9,736

This is not a discussion of the pros and cons, although I will include some notes about the complexities. Instead, my focus will be on the abysmal politics currently... More
Damore's Google Memo NLRB Complaint Rejected: More misrepresentations
Feb 17, 2018 12:12 am
Comments: 28 | Views: 4,395

James Damore was fired for an internal memo he wrote about Google diversity programs and political biases. The NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) effectively... More
This time we're not lying. HONEST! No, really!
Jan 19, 2018 11:53 pm
Comments: 28 | Views: 4,162

Non-clickbait headline: Highly partisan media, the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect & examples from my history.

Fake news has been big news for over... More
Joe Simitian talk: Listening to Trump's America: Bridging the Divide
Oct 15, 2017 2:00 am
Comments: 46 | Views: 7,587

In the wake of the Trump election, Joe Simitian--a Palo Alto native and currently County Supervisor--visited three counties that had swung to voting for Trump after... More
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