The five links below might not appeal to everyone. Yet they’re worth seeing for those who share a wide variety of interests. Enjoy!
- “…face to face with dying, he was not quite done with living.” A lengthy but interesting look at the life of neurologist Oliver Sacks – arguably the world’s best-known brain doctor.
- The Scholar Denied : W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology — Du Bois made one commitment, not to the pursuit of power, equality, freedom, or even justice, but to Truth. He believed then that black liberation would flow naturally from fidelity to this aim.
- The Psychologists Take Power – In developing Positive Psychology one of Seligman’s core goals has been “to end victimology,” which, he claims, pervades the social sciences and requires us to “view people as the victims of their environment.” After September 11, 2001, he came to see the cultivation of positive strengths and virtues as an urgent task for America, shoring up its people and institutions by increasing their resilience.
- Lessons of Demopolis – democracy and liberalism are both better off if we understand the difference between them. If democracy is so important, meriting the marshalling of immense effort and resources, people ought to have some clear idea about what it is. At least some of the human misery in the past quarter-century of purported democracy-building efforts has resulted from the fact that the political class had no clear idea of the components of the liberal democracy package. If democracy is worth fighting for, it is important to grasp the basics.
- Reading Augustine’s Mind – Robin Lane Fox, a British classical scholar, tells us he can reveal the hitherto-unknown deep meanings of Augustine’s Confessions, the book in which Augustine described his own life from his birth in 354, to his early belief in Manichaeism, to his baptism in Milan and the death of his mother, Monnica, in 387.