To My Newly-Married Friend, Tom: May You and Kris-Stella Together Contribute to the Betterment of the World

Congratulations, my friend, for finding in Kris-Stella someone who not only shares your values in making a lasting impact in this world, but someone who can also be right there with you in that ever-important journey.

I wish you and Kris-Stella a life full of happiness and achievement, not just for your sake, but for the sake of the rest of us.

 

“Gattaca” (1997) is Entertainingly Thought-Provoking

The movie’s opening caption that “Gattaca” takes place in “the not-too-distant future” is surprisingly believable, not only because of recent scientific advances in genetics in our own world, but because everyday life in “Gattaca,” with grounded automobiles and computers with keyboards, isn’t too different from our own. “Gattaca”‘s is a world to which we can easily relate.

It is for this reason that the movie is so thought-provoking.

 

Two Life Lessons From Failure of Johannes Kepler

We have all been told the cliché at some point in our lives that “there are no stupid questions,” but, as Kepler showed, there are wrong ones. It was nonsensical for Kepler to ask why there are six planets, because we now know that there are, in fact, more than six planets. The brilliant answer Kepler came up with was wholly off base because the question he asked to begin the inquiry was the wrong question to be asking in the first place.

Such misconception isn’t limited to history. Even in the modern era, very smart people are unable to ask the right questions, and as a result, leads the debate astray. In my profession, there are those who are unable to distinguish the “should” from the “could”, even though lawyers, more than any others, should understand the difference.

 

Passionately Opinionated

René Descartes once said, “I think, therefore I am,” apparently to make the point that someone wondering whether or not he or she exists is, in and of itself, proof that something, an “I”, exists to do the thinking.

I suppose my equivalent would be “I opine, therefore I am,” to make the point that having an opinion and being judgmental is my raison d’être. There need not be thoughts involved.

 
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