Tag Archives: religion

Spirit Wrap

We began our spirituality discussion with an overview from EJ of his Zen beliefs – oddly, as it turned out, since Zen as he explained it is not spiritual at all. Zen does not teach that people have “spirits”, or “souls”, as such. “There is no ‘you’; there is no ‘me’.” Like other belief structures, […]

Beyond This Life

What happens after we die? The ultimate question, unanswerable by anyone – and yet billions of us follow ideologies which lay out, step by step, exactly what happens when we cross that last river. Isn’t the fear of death the first basis of all religion? Sometimes I see a movie scene in a hospital, where […]

Vice, Morality, and the Law

Wed. Sept, 9, 2009, The Larry Lawrence Bar, 295 Grand St b/t Havemeyer and Roebling, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 7:30 pm What should humans be allowed to do, and what should they be prevented from doing? Besides the obvious rule against killing people who piss you off, how far should the law restrict our personal freedoms to […]


Good Junta last night, I’ll leave it to Rindy to post some of the highlights, but for me that was what the Junta was all about: a bunch of dudes sitting around drinking and having good, engaged conversation about real topics. Relevant to last night, and other Junta topics, is the continued rioting in Xinjiang.  […]

Wrap-up on Discrimination

Thursday night’s Junta was a great one. We continue to set the bar high for intellectual engagement and for attracting top-notch minds. And the Algonquin is becoming a favorite venue, at least in my opinion. The whiskeys are a bit tough on the wallet, but the atmosphere is par excellence. Professor Andrzej Rapaczynski set out […]

Neglected Aspects of Discrimination

The Junta will next convene on Thursday, February 5th, 7:00 pm at the Algonquin Hotel, 59 W 44th St, between 5th and 6th Avenues. We are delighted that Professor Andrzej Rapaczynski has agreed to spend the evening with us. I worked with Andrzej for 9 years at Project Syndicate, an international association of newspapers based […]

Junta 2: The God Problem

Junta 2 met at the Algonquin Hotel in midtown to discuss the eternal problem of the ultimate unknown: God. Leading the discussion was Pete, fresh off reading Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchens’s God is Not Great. Pete’s argument boiled down to atheism; literally, the opposite of theism, the belief in one god. […]