Andrew Kern Oct 11, 2007
A good solution accepts also the limitations of discipline. Agricultural problems should receive solutions that are agricultural, not technological or economic.
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Andrew Kern Oct 11, 2007
Public opinion saddles the Christian college with inadequate reasons for existing, reasons the college cannot accept if it is to conceive and implement its task effectively and as a whole. Faulty expectations generate public relations problems and these add a needless burden to the problems of higher education today.
Arthur Holmes: The Idea of a Christian College
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Andrew Kern Oct 11, 2007
According to this astonishing article, it's even more than we thought. Hospitals, art, grammar, Homer, math theory, and now we discover we've only just caught up to Archimedes! What an astonishing people.
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Andrew Kern Oct 10, 2007
Freedom of thought is rendered pointless and must disappear, where reason and morality are deprived of their status as a force in their own right.
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Andrew Kern Oct 10, 2007
Jeremy Beers over at ISI generously advanced me a review copy of The Great Tradition. Now they have generously quoted my response on their web site. Take a look - especially at the book! Warning! The contents of this link will change every month or so.
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Andrew Kern Oct 10, 2007
"Most fiction nowadays appears to be written for dirty-minded and naive adolescents, although perhaps most of it is read by middle-aged housewives."  Russell Kirk, The Perversity of Recent Fiction: Reflections on the Moral Imagination in Redeeming the Time. If you have a stake in the future of American politics, literature, education, child-rearing, justice, or freedom -READ THIS BOOK!
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Andrew Kern Oct 10, 2007
Islam, The Greeks, and the Scientific Revolution Fascinating read by a "Norwegian conservative" describing why the Islamic world, in spite of its ideal location on the trade and information routes, never achieved a sustained scientific revolution. Published in Assyrian International News Agency.
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Andrew Kern Oct 10, 2007
A little over a month ago, my back went out on me. For four days I lay in bed with a continual supply of ice and Advil, virtually unable to move. Finally, after no improvement, I went to my doctor, a kinesiologist. He told me that I did something to my disk while swimming the butterfly and that I should never do that again. He also told me to get myself a back brace and to wear it most of the time for a while and then whenever I'm doing anything approaching heavy lifting or bending (like, say, getting off the couch after watching a football game).
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Andrew Kern Oct 9, 2007
Picking up on this earlier post, and this one too, here is the first of Berry's principles for a good solution:
A good solution accepts given limits, using so far as is possible what is at hand. The farther fetched the solution, the less it should be trusted.... Enlarging scale is a deceptive solution; it solves one problem by acquiring another, or several others.
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Andrew Kern Oct 9, 2007
"It is surely the duty of the older generation to be embarrassingly old-fashioned, for the claims of the "newness" of any younger generation are mostly frivolous." Wendell Berry, Family Work from The Gift of Good Land
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