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November 23, 2006
  So you say you want a referendum?PDF files may take a moment to load

Those of us around for the 1995 Quebec Referendum--which math serves to tell would be everybody in the university community except that eight-year-old whatever savant in that one class--will remember being glued to the television that night, awestruck by so many things: that one's nation was cause for dissociation from them! That an issue could prove so divisive! That supporters on either side could be so passionate! It was a brilliant early lesson in people for this child of 10 and likely many more.

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November 02, 2006
  Google: six attributes away from GodPDF files may take a moment to load

In July 2004, a relatively infamous billboard ad in California displayed, without any hint of explanation, simply "{first 10-digit prime found in consecutive digits of e}.com." For most, this doubtlessly didn't mean anything worth thinking about, and correspondingly, thousands probably drove past, glanced sideways at it, and went on to contemplate the lamb chop dinner waiting at home or the naughty secretary at work.

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September 28, 2006
  Playing@nonsensePDF files may take a moment to load

The physical human being--the collection of physical and chemical microsystems comprising the human body­--is an immensely complicated structure that we invariably benefit by studying. On one side of this innumerably-sided research-benefit coin lies the fulfillment of our curiosity about our existence in light of the particularly haunting truth that we need not necessarily fulfill it; on another is the sheer whimsy of a search for pattern and reason in such a large and disharmonic set of possible configurations.

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