Oskar Groening and The Lessons of History



I have said it many, many times: the biggest error a historian – or anyone appealing to history – can make, is to judge a culture buy their own values and practices.

And yet, every day I hear people who have “studied history” explain to me how the past “got it wrong,” and if only they (the past) had been as smart as the speaker, things would be different – meaning “better” – today. “If I had been there, it would have been done right,” they so often say.

“If I had been there in 1787, we’d have gotten it right!”

Even short term history is treated as if it is an absolute exercise in cause and effect: “The United States didn’t need to drop the atomic bomb. Doing so destabilized the world and led directly to the Cold War.” Read the rest of this entry


My Universe In a Nutshell

If I were to pick the books which have most influenced my life, there would be three of them:

Cosmos – Carl Sagan
A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
Genesis and the Big Bang – Gerald Schroeder

One stands above the others, Hawking’s book – A Brief history of Time – came out at a time when I was drifting pretty aimlessly. The combination of the three books made a huge impact, but it was Hawking’s that… well… made it into a unified theory.

There is a great deal of pride that I feel as Ben discovers these cosmic truths on his own. Read the rest of this entry

Tim, Trump, Tariffs and Things

Today I am joined by Tim Preuss of The Tim Preuss Podcast.

When I “met” (in the sense of the internet and how we “meet” people in the 21st Century), Tim and his show were located in Wisconsin, the heart of America where the real Americans live. Like me though, he pined for the fjords, wait… that was just me and Cami. Read the rest of this entry

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