Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent

July 16, 2023
law, criminal justice, book

The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague. In Three Felonies a Day, Harvey A. Silverglate reveals how federal criminal laws have become dangerously disconnected from the English common law tradition and how prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one of us, for even the most seemingly innocuous behavior. ...

The Case Against Reality (2019)

June 25, 2022
science, physics, consciousness

Just when you thought that science and spirituality were hopelessly irreconcilable, cogntive psychologist Donald Hoffman proposes a very interesting perspective. <—> Hoffman, D. (2019). The case against reality: Why evolution hid the truth from our eyes. WW Norton & Company. Tim Ferriss interview Apr 13, 2022 Lex Fridman interview Jun 12, 2022 The Convergence of Science and Spirituality | Donald Hoffman & Rupert Spira Mar 26, 2023

The alphabet versus the goddess (1999)

November 28, 2020
history, religion, spirituality, meditation

Many assume that the invention of a phonetic alphabet only brought benefits. In a somewhat speculative reassessment of history, Shlain makes the case that the phonetic alphabet advanced lawyer-style thinking that greatly facilitated the justification of violence. The book is unlikely to be 100% true, but also unlikely to be 100% false. <—> Shlain, L. (1999). The alphabet versus the goddess: The conflict between word and image. Penguin.