Paper Clippings The Blog of The Crossroads Cultural Center

Paper Clippings, more than a classical blog, is a service providing valuable reading material in order to help readers reach a judgment about current affairs. Comments and discussion are more than welcome.

Thursday
Mar292007

Stone witness

A beautiful Armenian church is restored in Turkey (but they did not put the cross back on top of it).

Thursday
Mar292007

The cold light of science

It is a sign of how reason has been reduced in our culture that we take seriously psycologists when they "discover" the most obvious things about human nature. Hey, they are SCIENTISTS! They are "studying meaning" from a SCIENTIFIC standpoint! They PROVED that humans want "to feel we're significant beings in a meaningful world." The Chicago Tribune never suspected that before.

Thursday
Mar292007

A remnant

During the last few years, several interesting people have walked away from the ruins of Anglicanism.

Tuesday
Mar272007

Something hidden behind things

A new biography of Einstein.

The scientist('s)...religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection. This feeling is the guiding principle of his life and work, in so far as he succeeds in keeping himself from the shackles of selfish desire.

Sunday
Mar252007

Playing with fire.

Many wars started from this kind of (mis)calculation.

Sunday
Mar252007

To be in love or not?

You have to simpathize with the Afghans: it is tragic when your choices are between socially enforced moralism and Western nihilism.

Tuesday
Mar202007

Freedom?

A speech by Bernard Lewis on Islam and the West.

Friday
Mar162007

My guy

Peggy Noonan points out that an age short on ideas is necessarily big on loyalty.

Thursday
Mar152007

Embryo factories

The next logical step.

Tuesday
Mar132007

Running for a cliff

The contemporary version of Dostoevski's Demons. One could argue that throwing bombs was less destructive.

On the European situation, see also Spengler.

Sunday
Mar112007

Stuck

Once again, the universe turns out not to be exhausted by our theories.

Sunday
Mar112007

Default identity

Some people are having a hard time to be recognized as non-Muslim.

Wednesday
Mar072007

Science?

Apparently Charles Darwin was a (social) Darwinist.

Sunday
Mar042007

Freedom flame

A brief report from Cuba.

Sunday
Mar042007

A dilemma

There is a built-in contradiction in the idea of public education in a deeply divided society.