The Truth of Buddhism

I was impressed by Robert Wright’s Nonzero (2001) and The Evolution of God (2009), so I was eager to read his most recent book, which is Why Buddhism Is True (2017).

Wright links this book with his previous work in evolutionary psychology, and he combines this work with research in neuroscience and psychology to explain how buddhism reduces regret, anxiety, and other negative experiences and increases appreciation of beauty and other people. In particular, he uses a modular model of the human mind that developed as a result of natural selection.  Continue reading “The Truth of Buddhism”

Mayor Of The Block

I was thinking of a recent Bucktown biting when I moved into the street to avoid an unleashed dog and a tall woman with gray hair and dark skin.

I’ve often seen her holding court on the corners with other dog-walkers. They always have theirs on leashes, and she usually has a red leash draped over neck. I lowered my head and resolved to say nothing. 

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Breaking The All-Star Break

My annual summer retreat ended in dramatic fashion about a week ago. The Chicago Cubs were winning 8-0 by the top of the third, had lost the lead in the bottom of the eighth, and then won 9-8 with a home run in the top of the ninth.

Since the end of the 2017 MLB All-Star break, the Cubs have won eight of ten games and improved their pitching with the recent Sox trade. Nevertheless, the unofficial end of the first half was actually a relief this season because the Cubs have been lackluster although the recent trade suggests a seriousness about contending.

The Cubs, according to renown FiveThirtyEight statistical analysis, actually have had one of the worst World Series Champion starts in the history of baseball. Many predict that this team will have a better second half, but many had been predicting that they would have a much better season, especially given how much of the championship team returned. Continue reading “Breaking The All-Star Break”