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What Is ‘Evil’ to Google?

From The Atlantic, an analysis of Google’s motto, “Don’t be evil.”

It appears that what is evil, and what is good, is that which Google says it is.

(Hat tip: Instapundit.)

An Attempt to Pluck Out the Heart of Man’s Metaphysical Mystery

In an essay called, Of Evil and Empathy by Theodore Dalrymple (Hat tip: Frank Wilson), Dr. Dalrymple questions whether science can ever have a true understanding of man’s metaphysical nature.

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Malevolent Altruism

Dr. Helen, a psychologist, asks, Is Political Correctness a form of Pathological Altruism? The three women discussing the subject in the linked video help with the explanation; and one commenter’s C. S. Lewis quote—a well-known one—is appropriate here:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

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10 Most Technophobic Novels of All Time

I find the title, taken directly from the link, a rather subjective notion—that questions about technology involve a phobia. Nonetheless, the books listed fit the description; they take their ideas about advanced technology to their logical and terrifying conclusions.

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Review—Eric Hoffer: An American Odyssey

The biography, Eric Hoffer: An American Odyssey (1967) by Calvin Tomkins is, first of all, brief. The biography part is only sixty-eight pages long, including the introduction by CBS commentator, Eric Severeid. The balance of the book includes many of Hoffer’s aphorisms and photographs of him. A burly man, Hoffer, born July 25, 1902 died on May 21, 1983, writing eleven books during his lifetime. Two other books about Hoffer exist: One called Hoffer’s America by James D Koerner and the other Eric Hoffer by James Thomas Baker, both of which are difficult to find, but then the Tomkins book was difficult to locate. Given the content of his writing—his deep understanding of fanaticism, mass movements, and “change,” it’s a wonder that there hasn’t been a resurgence in interest in his work—it’s as applicable today as it was when he was popular in the ’60s.

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Evil as it Appears to Atheists and Theists

This brief piece with the above title is from the Maverick Philosopher. I particularly found this premise as noteworthy to any discussion: “…the point is that our basic sense of things comes first, and only later, if at all, do we take up the task of the orderly discursive articulation of that basic sense.” In other words, after we decide what we like, we then work to rationally justify it. True or false? The full text follows:

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Evil Be Thou My Evil, Article by Theodore Dalrymple

Dr. Dalrymple examines two books: “…Mao’s Secret Famine, by Frank Dikotter, a professor of Chinese at the London School of Oriental and African Studies, and…Beyond Evil, by Nathan Yates, a journalist on the British tabloid newspaper, the Daily Mirror.” In the article, found here, he explores the linear elements of judging evil, the comparison of communism with Nazism, and the absurdity of good intentions arguments. His answers are not evil. The text is below:

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10 Random Thoughts

The following are ten random thoughts, which tells the reader a little about how my mind sometimes works—randomly:

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Book Review—East of Eden

East of Eden, by John Steinbeck (1902-1968), published 1952

I have read a good deal of Steinbeck’s work but years ago. Grapes of Wrath (1939) was his most famous and it won a Pulitzer prize. Others—Tortilla Flat, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, Travels with Charley, The Winter of Our Discontent—were all enjoyable but certainly Grapes of Wrath, more than any other, displayed his writing skills and his thinking. In it he portrayed poverty, pain and gloominess yet with a powerful optimism toward life.

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