March 15th, 2006

I See You!

Personal/Random: Writing to the Times

Huh. Well, what do you know? I just got a letter from the Editorial Department of The New York Times that they're considering printing one my letters to the Editor. This would be a first in what have probably been something like half a dozen letters I've sent out on occasion when I was struck by some thought. So would this now mean that I am not a crank, or would it mean that I have in fact graduated to crankhood?

I include the editorial, but not the letter as yet, in order to try to provoke a little of the sort of speculation and drama that my LiveJournal woefully lacks.


The New York Times
March 14, 2006
Editorial

Drop Out of the College

The Electoral College is an antidemocratic relic. Everyone who remembers 2000 knows that it can lead to the election of the candidate who loses the popular vote as president. But the Electoral College's other serious flaws are perhaps even more debilitating for a democracy. It focuses presidential elections on just a handful of battleground states, and pushes the rest of the nation's voters to the sidelines.

There is an innovative new proposal for states to take the lead in undoing the Electoral College. Legislatures across the country should get behind it.

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I See You!

Theological Notebook: NYT, Quantum Physics, Philosophy, and Spirituality

The New York Times
March 14, 2006
Essay
Far Out, Man. But Is It Quantum Physics?
By DENNIS OVERBYE

Can physics save your soul?

Two years ago, a movie with the unpronounceable title "What the #$!%* Do We Know!?" became an underground new-age phenomenon, raking in $11 million out of midnight screenings and word of mouth, spawning an industry of books, tote bags, clothing, DVD's and "biofield" jewelry.

It purported to argue, based on the insights of modern quantum physics, that reality is just a mental construct that we can rearrange and improve, if we are enlightened or determined enough. Science and spirituality have tied the knot, and the world is your infinitely deformable apple.

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