As pundits and politicians attempt to make sense of the radicalism on the extreme right of the Republican Party, it might be worthwhile to recall America’s long history with extreme views. Perhaps the one true thing to remember about radicalism is that because of radical thoughts, actions, and sacrifices, these United States came into being. Yet, almost immediately (the ink on the Constitution quite possibly remained wet) radicalism’s remnants challenged the system. (more…)
October 21, 2013
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August 23, 2013
My new job is with Butte College, a terrific two-year, higher learning institution located in Butte County, California. Consider it the feeder school to four year universities such as CSU Chico, UC Davis, and Sacramento State (and beyond). (more…)
March 21, 2013
Another scientific law bites the “dust,” sorry, the pun was too obvious to ignore. In the Journal Systematic Biology (March 8, 2013), the study, “Is Permanent Parasitism Reversible? — Critical Evidence from Early Evolution of House Dust Mites,” raises serious doubts against Dollo’s Law, essentially a treatise that states evolution is not reversible. Apparently, Dollo’s Law has been disproved. The lowly dust mite is going backwards.
History, too, has been guilty of pushing a Dollo-esque trend, that human societies continue to evolve, not devolve. (more…)
November 5, 2012
While I am waiting for radical Republican conservatism to fold up like a sneeze and expunge itself of so much Tea Party clap-trap (faux and non-faux), I fear the Obama pragmatism of the past four years may be its own undoing. There may be several valid reasons why Mitt Romney will be the next president of the United States and they need exploring: (more…)
August 13, 2012
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Ah, the great American hamburger. A few pickles, some cheese and onions hot off the grill: Oh, yeah – nothing better than really good cooked cow.
Well, how about sinking your teeth into a dripping, hot patty of laboratory grown beef?
That’s right, no cow necessary. Beef raised by Petrie-dish. Mm-mmm. (more…)
August 3, 2012
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I’ve been so busy hacking away at research and writing that I totally missed posting anything to this blog for the entire month of July! Gadzooks.
So I figure the best way to rectify this is to share a wee bit of what I’ve been working on. Below is the introduction to my paper “Robinson Crusoe: Cultural Reflections and the “Man in a State of Nature” Theme,” which will be presented at the International Sociesty for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture, next week at Pepperdine University. Only 904 words (a wee bit more than I thought) (more…)
June 30, 2012
Chalk one up to the AHA (American Historical Association). To be honest, of late, I’ve been feeling a sense of being adrift. Not good: especially since I’m about to embark on a dissertation… in a foreign country. I need to be grounded, I need to feel a sense of the possible, not the improbable.
Then the latest AHA quarterly, American Historical Review (June 2012), arrived; an issue dedicated to all things “turning.” No, not my stomach (nerves); rather a huge issue dedicated to the historiography of recent “turns” within the discipline. The “cultural” turns grabbed my attention as microhistory – a cultural method – is the big sword I carry into Bristol University to get my work done. (more…)