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Reflections on Torture

By Guest Author, Anthony J. Marsella My study of the history of torture led me to conclude that our understanding of the nature, meaning, and consequences of “torture” may best be advanced by construing “torture,” not solely as a separate … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace

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In these troubled times, I appreciate more than ever the spiritual Amazing Grace, especially the first stanza: Amazing grace how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found. Was blind but now … Continue reading

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Self-evident or reserved for the power elite? Part 1.

  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, … Continue reading

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Oracle, Optimist, Ostrich, or Obfuscator? Part 2. The Multiple Abominations of Slavery

In his argument that violence has been declining for centuries, Steven Pinker (Oracle, Optimist, Ostrich, or Obfuscator? Part 1) claims that activities such as “slavery as a labor-saving device were unexceptionable features of life for most of human history”—and certainly … Continue reading

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