On Being Lincoln

The 85th Annual Academy Awards of Motion Pictures airs tonight.  The Awards are to honor and advertise Hollywood’s latest wares of the past year: movies of 2012, which are, by in large, to make money. There is much hype in…

We ought not to die, before we explain ourselves to each other

“…that we ought not to die before we have explained ourselves to each other…” Thomas Jefferson and John Adams wrote these words in letters to each other, after both had retired from public life. Each was a founding father of…

The Functional

Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac It worked.  It served its function. Actually, to be technical about it, it was a functional, not a function. Big distinction. Never mind why.  It’s works.————  ? But Why? What did it imply?  Well, something very profound.…