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Pope Francis in the Lion's Den

Pope Francis will be the first leader of the Catholic Church to address a joint session of Congress.  Take out the name “Francis”, and that sentence would be the subject of universal rejoicing among Catholics. Instead we get this: “[The Pope ought to] leave science to ...


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Published in 1974, this book explored the implications of the original experiments attempting to impart language to chimpanzees and other animals. It used the debate over the experiments to examine notions of humanities place in the natural order. Translated into numerous foreign editions, it is still in print in a number of countries. From the review in the Washington Post: "An excellent book, entertainingly written." From the Los Angeles Times: "The book has two powerful assets: the innate fascination of the subject itself and Linden's integrative approach to the issues involved...Linden conveys the excitement of this notion. He addresses himself to the nature of man, as well as chimpanzee, and to the nature of scientific change itself. He is concerned with philosophy as well as science." And from Kirkus: "...Linden's erudite (but not recondite) criticisms of scientific and linguistic thinkers call for profound consideration."

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Why is it that the most gun-crazy states in the country are the most terrified of the prospect of taking in Syrian refugees? Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, all packed with citizens armed to the teeth, have governors scared witless by poor refugees who've been forced to flee by anarchy in their homelands. Didn't the NRA tell us that the only thing that stands between us and a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun? Maybe we need a good guy with a tank?

Meanwhile, Connecticut (once memorably derided as a "pussy state" by the Daily Show's Samantha Bee), with relatively strict gun control laws, seems to think it can handle the widows, orphans, and the 2% of military-aged males who find themselves without a country and seeking asylum.

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