The Leaked Cables: Not the End of the World

December 5th, 2010

By Tom Carter Like many others, I’ve spent a lot of time lately reading the State Department cables made available through Wikileaks.  The military files released earlier were at least potentially damaging, but the State Department cables are a different matter. My impressions are that I haven’t seen much “hot” news in the cables.  Nevertheless, […]


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Religious Knowledge Survey

October 4th, 2010

By Tom Carter The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, a project of the Pew Research Center, recently released a survey on religious knowledge among Americans.  The survey results show that many Americans are poorly informed about the basics of different religions, including their own.  This won’t surprise anyone who has spent much time […]


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The Medium and the Message

September 27th, 2010

By Tom Carter Why has our political discourse become so uncivil?  There are a number of explanations, but the most important is that we simply have too much access to bad information.  The information explosion of the past couple of decades has come about in different ways.  The most deleterious has been the internet, a […]


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Smoke or Fire?

June 1st, 2010

By Larry Ennis Sometimes it’s almost scary how things suddenly fall into place. Of course a lot of these magic moments depend on your perspective and may not be all that enlightening to others. One such moment occurred recently when a discussion came about here on Opinion Forum about a piece by Dr. Jim Taylor […]


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A Modest Proposal to Promote Domestic Tranquility

May 20th, 2010

By Dan Miller Huff and Puff and down fall the houses of falsehood Here is a truly fascinating article from Huffington Post by Jim Taylor, PhD in psychology and lecturer at the University of San Francisco, a well known bastion of unbiased intellectual thought. Mr.* Taylor complains that the sources of information nowadays are too many, […]


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