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  1. The Trust Molecule

    Aw, no takers?
  2. Basic Grammar

    Then Warriner's would be ideal for you. You'll get all that in a concise, hierarchical presentation from basic concepts all the way up to the broadest integrative writing skills. Strunk and White is excellent, but not as comprehensive.
  3. The Trust Molecule

    Discuss the following line from Galt's speech in Atlas Shrugged, with emphasis on "indivisible," entity," and "attributes." Contrast separating mind from brain with separating red from apple.
  4. Basic Grammar

    I have never found a better book for this purpose than Warriner's English Grammar and Composition. Originally written in the 1950s, various versions of it were my standard textbooks from the fourth through the 12th grades (1970 - 1979). The material is as thorough as could be, and the structure, logic, and (perhaps most importantly) sheer economy of the presentation is unparalleled. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
  5. The Trust Molecule

    Somebody please point at an "epistemology" for me...
  6. The Trust Molecule

    To quote a Facebook friend of mine: "Why is this not from The Onion?"
  7. She also understands "alive" and "dead." She saw an ant on the sidewalk and exclaimed, "A ant! Look! It alive!" Then she stomped on it. "I think I kill it." On a whim, I showed her a picture of a cat in a box and asked, "Is the kitty alive or dead?" "Yes," she replied. So I think she's a little uncertain about Heisenberg. (OK, I made up the Heisenberg one. )
  8. Today's bit of amazement: Kira was drawing with crayons, and she started rubbing a red crayon on her lips. I said, "Kira! That's not lipstick!" She replied, after a moment, "It kinda lipstick." A bit less cutified: she can reliably count to ten, and understands quantity enough that she consistently answers "How many?" by counting whatever objects are asked about. Next up, letters. Right now she thinks they're digits and recites them as numbers.
  9. Introduction

    Welcome! I read (and linked on Facebook) your "The One True God" blog post, just today. Very nice!
  10. An update: Kira is now just over 28 months. She and I were outside this evening. She looked up and saw something. This was the conversation: Kira [pointing]: Ba Ba, what that? Me: That's the moon. Kira: Moon? Me: Yep, the moon. [Kira thinks for a moment.] Kira: Da moon is way up high. [pause] It too high for birdies. That whole concept-formation thing? I think we're pretty much there.
  11. Jokes

    Or Found On Road Dead
  12. If I had a nickel for every extrovert who thought my introversion was a character flaw... And that's the problem: in my experience, extroverts overwhelmingly really do think that something is wrong with introverts. Either that or they just don't pay any attention, being too busy interacting with other extroverts or dominating their interaction with introverts. It used to bother me, now I just observe for study for amusement.
  13. This blog post of mine might help: Ten Myths about Introverts. I have stopped treating my introversion as a malady to be cured. Recently, I had an interesting experience of how that's been an improvement for me: Out at a karaoke show a couple of weeks ago, I was sitting with a group of people I know, all of whom I think of as "drama-mongers" (more commonly called "gossips," I would think). One of their major goals in human interaction appears to be to create strife and use it to garner attention for themselves. They were having an animated conversation, while I was looking up songs to sing on my phone. One of them turned to me and said, "Oh, sorry about that." I looked around to see what she might be talking about, and said, "For what?" She said that she had just made an insulting remark about my son. "I wasn't listening," was my reply, and she looked confused. I still don't know what she said, and still have no interest in finding out. I had a really good time that night. Don't sweat introversion, there's nothing wrong with it. For myself, I think it's extroverts who have a problem. I see them, in general, as far more secondhanded than I am. Just be who you are and do what you do, and you'll find the right people. Or ... you'll find that you've been with the right person all along, and that's more important.
  14. Total silence leads to hallucinations

    One of the treatments for tinnitus (in extreme cases) is to sever the auditory nerve, but apparently the cause of the condition is not well enough understood to guarantee that doing so will make the sound go away. So one may wind up deaf yet still with tinnitus, the tones being the only thing you'd ever hear again. I think that would drive me mad, whereas the condition as it is for me now is no big deal since I am unaware of it most of the time.
  15. Quick correction: The Lord of the Rings was issued as three books, but Tolkien considered it one story and was not happy with the publisher's decision. In fact, each of the three volumes are divided into two "books," numbered consecutively 1 through 6 by the author. Regading part 2 of the Atlas movie, in my not at all humble opinion, part 1 was so bad that there is no point in continuing to parts 2 and 3. (See my review elsewhere on this forum.) There will be even less point in going to see whatever comes next.