• Is Thinking Obsolete?

    While it is not possible to answer all the e-mails and letters from readers, many are thought-provoking, whether those thoughts are positive or negative.

    An e-mail from one young man simply asked for the sources of some facts about gun control that were mentioned in a recent column. It is good to check out the facts – especially if you check out the facts on both sides of an issue.

    By contrast, another man simply denounced me because of what was said in that column. He did not ask for my sources but simply made contrary assertions, as if his assertions must be correct and therefore mine must be wrong.

    He identified himself as a physician, and the claims that he made about guns were claims that had been made years ago in a medical journal – and thoroughly discredited since then. He might have learned that, if we had engaged in a back and forth discussion, but it was clear from his letter that his goal was not debate but denunciation. That is often the case these days.

    It is always amazing how many serious issues are not discussed seriously, but instead simply generate assertions and counter-assertions. On television talk shows, people on opposite sides often just try to shout each other down.

    There is a remarkable range of ways of seeming to argue without actually producing any coherent argument.

    Decades of dumbed-down education no doubt have something to do with this, but there is more to it than that. Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today, but is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination. Moreover, it is largely indoctrination based on the same set of underlying and unexamined assumptions among teachers and institutions.

    If our educational institutions – from the schools to the universities – were as interested in a diversity of ideas as they are obsessed with racial diversity, students would at least gain experience in seeing the assumptions behind different visions and the role of logic and evidence in debating those differences.

    Instead, a student can go all the way from elementary school to a Ph.D. without encountering any fundamentally different vision of the world from that of the prevailing political correctness.

    Full article: http://lewrockwell.c … owell/sowell133.html

  • Disney sending Carrie Fisher personal trainer for Star Wars 7

    Carrie Fisher has again confirmed she will be reprising her role as Princess Leia in J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’.

    Not only that, but the actress also says that Disney has sent her a personal trainer to get her in shape for the upcoming blockbuster.

    via Disney sending Carrie Fisher personal trainer for Star Wars 7

  • Game Players, February 1995

    Game Players, February 1995

    Game Players was a popular video games magazine in the late 80s to mid 90s or so that had various dedicated and multiformat incarnations over the years. The subtitle to the February 1995 issue would seem to indicate it exclusively covers Sega and Nintendo but of course there is the “and more”. In this particular case, the “and more” includes coverage of the PlayStation and Sega Saturn that had both been recently released in Japan.

    The contents of this issue includes:


    • InfoTrak
    • Charts
    • Gossip
    • Previews
    • Arcades
    • Import Games
    • Hardware
    • Mean Machines

    Readers’s Say

    • Reader’s Network
    • Pushing the Envelope
    • Back Talk

    Strategy & Tactics

    • Andre Agassi Tennis
    • Animaniacs
    • Beavis and Butt-head
    • Clayfighter Tournament Edition
    • Earthworm Jim
    • Final Fantasy III
    • Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
    • Mega Man X2
    • Pac Man 2
    • seaQuest DSV
    • Shockwave
    • Snatcher
    • Sonic & Knuckles
    • Super Bomberman
    • Super Metroid
    • Super Punch-Out!!
    • Sylvester & Tweety in Cagey Capers
    • Way of the Warrior
    • Wild Snake
    • X-Men


    • Bassin’s Black Bass
    • Cosmic Carnage
    • Ecco II: The Tides of Time
    • Eternal Champions CD
    • Ignition Factor
    • Iron Helix
    • Midnight Raiders
    • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
    • Phantasy Star IV
    • Popful Mail
    • Power Instinct
    • Rise of the Robots
    • Ristar
    • seaQuest DSV
    • Space Invaders
    • Tin Star
    • WWF Raw
    • Now Playing


    • Bouncers
    • Brutal: Paws of Fury
    • Fatal Fury Special
    • Mega Bomberman
    • Motocross Challenge


    • FIFA International Soccer ’95
    • Madden NFL ’95
    • NBA Live ’95
    • NFL Querterback Club ’95
    • NHL ’95

    …and more!