One of my favorite posts (and blogger) on the web–Oran’s Well and his incredible post on “Madness and the Creative”. Check it out

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Note: The tragic shooting of Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday along with 19 others by 22-year-old Jared Laughner has many dimensions and reverberations.  Arizona has the most lax guns laws (it’s legal for anyone to carry a concealed weapon without a permit), and it is also one of the most polemically charged battlegrounds of partisan politics. Our airwaves are more awash with hate than sexual speech. Developing minds are saturated with the moral nihilism of the Internet; poisonous culture cannot help but ill brains which are increasingly collectivized into a single awareness. Which is bad news for all of us.

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Arizona mass murderer Jared Laughner and a photo from a his MySpace page, showing a pistol laid upon a U.S. history textbook.

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In April 2007 I wrote the following essay just after the Virginia Tech massacre, when Seung-Hu Cho, a student at the university, killed 32…

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