Irrational arguments

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Let’s use a mathematical proof to understand the irrational, irrelevant, and distracting ways that people argue these days. Proof that the square root of two is irrational If you are math-phobic, be assured that the argument below is relatively painless. You might even enjoy it. The square root of 2, which we write as √2, … Continued

“All in for Jesus” doesn’t belong in a polling place

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I voted in a new polling place yesterday, in my new community of Portland, Maine. The polls were in a church. And the church wanted me to embrace Jesus. Many polling places are in churches. In this case, the building was actually a gym attached to the church. What surprised me, though, was that in … Continued

American democracy

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The American form of democracy sucks. Voting rules are different by state. In one place, you get a mail ballot and can just send it in; in another, you may have to walk a mile and wait in a long line to vote in person. Makes no sense. We do everything else online and with … Continued

Donald Trump’s “Truth Social” site launches with a resounding “Oops!”

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After receiving a solicitation from the Republican Party to join Donald Trump’s “Truth Social” social network, I decided to try it out. Although the solicitation says it is “Live,” the sign-in page asks you to join a waiting list. Since you have to agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, I wanted to … Continued

We need more doctors and scientists in Congress. But not Dr. Oz.

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Dr. Oz, the cardiothoracic surgeon and TV personality, is running for an open US Senate seat in Pennsylvania. He’d be one of the worst possible choices, because his “medical recommendations” are generally bullshit. Members of Congress need to discern the truth, not make it up. What’s wrong with Dr. Oz? Dr. Oz is a famous … Continued