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An Arbitrary Arbiter

I found this article on religious fundamentalism and moral relativism to be quite interesting. It’s a topic I’ve seen mentioned before, particularly when a skeptic points out an objectionable passage in the Bible and gets a reply basically saying, “It … Continue reading

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Serendipity, My Dear Watson

The daily e-mail I get from Wikipedia mentioned about a week ago that the word “serendipity” was first used in a letter Horace Walpole dated 28 January 1754. The word has come to signify unintended good fortune, but where did … Continue reading

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The Man with the Golden Coat

The legend of El Dorado, which is Spanish for “The Gilded One,” began with the Muisca tribe of modern-day Colombia. When Spanish explorers reached South America, they heard the Muisca discuss an ancient coronation ceremony. A king-to-be was covered in … Continue reading

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