Monthly Archives: January 2020

God and the Meaning of Life – Thaddeus Metz

Cambridge University Press has just published a 62-page book by my friend Thaddeus Metz: God, Soul and the Meaning of Life.  It is part of the Cambridge Elements series which provides concise introductions to many academic topics in the arts and sciences. Continue reading God and the Meaning of Life – Thaddeus Metz

Understanding Freedom: Freedom & Government (Part 2)

© Robert Orwell Hand – (Reprinted with Permission) https://understandingthings.net/2019/09/01/understanding-freedom-part-iii-freedom-and-government-cont/

Virtually everyone knows, and most of us would at least pay lip service to, the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” But another “Golden Rule” seems to correspond far more directly with most people’s lived experience: “He who has the gold makes the rules.” Continue reading Understanding Freedom: Freedom & Government (Part 2)

Playing Poker

Before applying to graduate school at the age of 30, I had spent almost eight years playing a lot of (relatively) high stakes poker. I’ve hesitated to publish this post—it reveals my youthful immaturity and recklessness. But at the urging of my son-in-law, I’ll publish it nonetheless. Here is the story of my youthful playing poker. Continue reading Playing Poker

Understanding Freedom: Freedom & Government (Part 1)

© Robert Orwell Hand – (Reprinted with Permission) https://understandingthings.net/2019/08/01/understanding-freedom-part-ii-freedom-and-government/

If freedom for all means that everyone is equally free, freedom and equality in a democratic society are, rather than competing with each other, two sides of the same coin. Society organized in the interest of freedom and equality (ideally, if not so much in reality) is called democracy (from Greek, demos, lit., people; and kratos, lit., power). Continue reading Understanding Freedom: Freedom & Government (Part 1)