Laughter

It has often been said that humor depends upon surprise for its effect. But this cannot be humor’s only criterion. If it were, then everyone who caught his wife with the plumber or who had a flat tire on the freeway would double-over in uncontrollable mirth. Rather, humor seems to be a species of surprise,…

Hercules on Paxil

The fact that this week Marty McFly is scheduled to arrive in his DeLorean time machine to save his future children has got me thinking about time. What impresses me most is not the technological advances our species has enjoyed since then, but rather what we have lost in the last three decades, specifically, male…

The Importance of Classical Logic for Christians

Voltaire, speaking in an age that deified reason remarked on the potential for its misuse: “The human brain,” he said, “is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.” It is true that we humans tend to shout…