Paul’s Perambulations

April 5, 2014

Ethics of War conference at Villanova (and Paul speaks out)

Filed under: Education,Peace,Politics,Religion — admin @ 10:58 pm

The United States Military Academy at West Point and Villanova University jointly sponsored this two-day Ethics of War conference. The largest group in attendance were West Point cadets.

There were a number of presentations, followed by Q&As. After one presentation in which a cadet said that she had freely given up her autonomous rights when she promised to serve the military in an instrumental capacity, I questioned whether a promise to serve means that you can never change your mind, even if you gain new insights. I noted that military personnel can apply for conscientious objector status, even though  (more…)

January 11, 2014

Profits before poison – 300,000 Americans suddenly without safe drinking water.

Filed under: Education,Politics — admin @ 5:42 pm

“Authorities struggled to determine how much danger the little-known chemical, MCHM, or 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, posed. ‘The only appropriate use for this water is toilet flushing.’” (New York Times)

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November 30, 2013

Big Brother on wheels — watching you but ultimately protecting whom/what?

Filed under: Education,Peace,Politics — admin @ 10:59 am

Coming Soon (?) — Big Brother may have watchmen on patrol on your street and my street, as well as your workplace and other destinations, his ever-watching eyes keeping you (or maybe just Big Brother) safe. (more…)

November 29, 2013

Take Testosterone Drugs — be the Manly Man at any age. No thank you, BigPharma

Filed under: Education,Nature,Politics — admin @ 8:28 am

My Comment on this NYTimes article: Big-pharma marketing is both a health calamity and a financial calamity. Disease-mongering at its worst. But what can you expect as long as folks take the lazy-way out and tolerate government by corporate America? (more…)

November 14, 2013

I confess! I did it! I studied polygraphs and taught others about it in General Psychology.

Filed under: Education,Peace,Politics,Work — admin @ 11:24 pm

1) Use of polygraphs was outlawed by our government a few decades ago because of the high error rate, particularly false positives that identified innocent people as likely liars. Significantly, after declaring this, government made an exception for government itself. (more…)

November 11, 2013

Big Brother is watching you

Filed under: Education,Peace,Politics — admin @ 8:38 pm

“If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”  I don’t hide and will speak outright. When the rich and powerful (more…)

October 19, 2013

Princeton Graduate School Alumni Conference — and Paul makes some waves

Filed under: Education,Peace,Politics — admin @ 10:08 pm

I wore my “Peace” vest today and it garnered some attention not just for the buttons I wore on the front but particularly for the large OccupyPhilly flag sewn on the back. A few well-honed activists (more…)

September 13, 2013

Reform (gradualism) or Revolution (peaceful, is my goal)

Filed under: Education,Peace,Politics — admin @ 5:07 pm

My post in response to Krugman’s NYTimes article:

You suggest “smaller steps” for now.

Well, perhaps anything is better than nothing. Or perhaps not, if just “anything” is offered as the way to a solution. I have reached the conclusion that I would support a peaceful uprising to replace (more…)

August 17, 2013

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) as a tool for capitalist values and totalitariansm

Filed under: Education,Politics — admin @ 7:55 pm

The success of capitalist totalitarianism (oligarchy) in America would require the elimination of any significant independent higher education, and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) could provide a means to accomplish this goal. (more…)

April 10, 2013

Princeton Graduate Psychology Reunion after 50 years, with examples of the influence of money/power and of revisionist history

Filed under: Education,Politics,Work — admin @ 3:12 pm

Fran and I recently attended a Graduate Psychology Reunion at Princeton.  Besides having an enjoyable time at the reunion, the event stimulated re-thinking of my experience there nearly a half-century ago. (more…)

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