Monthly Archives: February 2013

Small furry rodents that taste like chicken.

I have not gone hunting since I was a teenager. I have been wanting to take it up again, but I’ve been procrastinating. Let me explain why: When I was seventeen, to go hunting meant driving to the hardware store, paying $20 for a small-game hunting license, borrowing my dad’s shotgun, and going to the […]

Truth and Tolerance (Part 3 of 3)

Today I hope to wrap up my review of Joseph Ratzinger’s Truth and Tolerance. The book is ultimately about faith and culture. He basically defines them like this: Culture, for Ratzinger, is the social expression of the perceptions and values that shape the community. Culture shapes how the individual looks at the world, man, and god. But individual experiences also feed back into […]

Truth and Tolerance (Part 2)

Monotheism and History. I said that today I would talk about Ratzinger’s view faith and culture, but looking at yesterday’s post I see an area of Ratzinger’s thought that needs more fleshing out. In the first essay it is clear that his main concern is to contrast mysticism, a religious attitude which sees all the world’s […]

Book 10: Truth and Tolerance

I was planning on finishing my series on the ten books that most influenced my thought with Joseph Ratzinger’s Truth and Tolerance, not because it is the greatest, most influential book I’ve ever read, but for the more mundane reason that I stole the title as the name of my blog and figured it would be a fitting […]

Another Book: After Virtue

OK, I admit that when you set out to write a list of ten books that have most influenced your thought processes, you end up having to dig pretty deep and start scraping the bottom somewhere around number six. But rather than admit defeat, I’ll mention part of a book that I never had the […]

Book Review: Selected Writings of Karl Popper

Karl Popper wrote mostly about the history and method of science. He is generally credited with coining the term “falsification”, arguing that the point of scientific experiments is not to prove or “verify” a theory, but to disprove or “falsify” it. For example, Einstein’s theories of relativity had great explanatory power: his theories accounted for not only the movements of […]

Back to Lake Wobegon (Book # 6)

I’ve just realized that the sixth book on my list of books that have influenced my way of thinking is one that I’ve already reviewed on this blog: Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon Days. So rather than write a whole book report on it, I will just describe its influence. When I first read Lake Wobegon Days I was living in […]