Andrew Kern Nov 4, 2008
Visiting professor, Phil Busse, has resigned from St. Olaf's college after stealing McCain signs off people's lawns, boasting about it in the locker room, er, I mean his blog, and getting caught by the administration. Apparently, he can't tell the difference between an adolescent thrill and a political act. Yes, I'm nervous about America. "Yanking out the signs and running like a scared rabbit back to my idling car was one of the single-most exhilarating and empowering political acts that I have ever done."
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Andrew Kern Nov 4, 2008
There is only one God and He has not been doing terribly well in the opinion polls lately. On a day like this, when more Americans than ever are going to the polls, that matters, though I recognize the difference between an election poll and an opinion poll.
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Andrew Kern Oct 18, 2008
We experience the joy of learning in those moments when a conundrum is resolved, when an unanswered question finds its solution, when we move from ignorance to knowledge or from confusion to clarity. Sometimes the moments are quite simple, like when we learned what 4+2 was as little children or when we learned why leaves turn red in the fall.
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Andrew Kern Oct 10, 2008
I've become a little bit obsessed with the idea of attentiveness lately because it's becoming increasingly clear that we learn everything by imitation. But we can only imitate what we perceive and we can only perceive it when we attend to it. So here's the first thing about attention: it arises from questions. What you notice you notice because it answered your questions. Therefore, the quality of your attention/perception depends on the quality of your questions.
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Andrew Kern Oct 10, 2008
What's happening in the economy? I believe we are seeing the unravelling of an artificial economy that is being filtered down to the real economy that underlies it. Nobody knows where the real economy is, so there is no way to know how much farther the chaos has to go. What do I mean by the real economy vs. the artificial economy? The real economy is predicated on real values - actual assets that underlie wealth. The artificial economy is a confidence game. It takes the core economic reality, that the value of an object is determined by how others perceive it, and separate the two items.
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Andrew Kern Oct 9, 2008
Good citizens are knowledgeable and involved.  Ignorance has never made a great statesman, yet in this particular election season I find myself wishing to hear less and less from the candidates.  Don’t misunderstand me; I am under no illusion that they have said much at all.  I simply wish to hear less of the trite mumblings that have given rhetoric a bad name.
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Andrew Kern Sep 29, 2008
I'm no economist, and that gives me an advantage when talking about our economy because I don't know what I'm talking about and I can be snarly at economists, which is important right now because it seems safe to say that we are well into a crisis that only economists could have created. Adam Smith dealt with economics as a moral science. Indeed.
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Andrew Kern Sep 29, 2008
First of all, I have to say thank you to you who visit and read this blog. I often wish it contained earth-shattering insights instead of the ongoing wrestling of a lethal mind, but this month more of you visited this blog by 25% than ever before. Thank you! I hope it has offered you some insight, some information, maybe even some inspiration. Also, a comment on the debate between McCain and Obama, preceded by a funny talk-show call in I heard last week (4:15 Wednesday). Somebody was ripping on McCain and came up with this priceless gem:
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Andrew Kern Sep 26, 2008
I'm guessing this one will get around or even maybe already has, but I have to go ahead and post it here. My first successful video blog!. Enjoy (and thanks to Steve Elliott for letting me know about it):
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Andrew Kern Sep 22, 2008
We are not trained to think organically. Too often we don't consider and maybe don't know how to consider the extent to which the health of the organs determines the well-being of the organism. The great enemies of the soul are lying and flattery, sloth and thoughtlessness - especially in academics. Celebrity replaces honor when life becomes a performance, when appearance replaces reality, when perception is reality. Temptations change; people don't.
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