Oedipus Simplex

As it turns out, Oedipus is a lot less complex than Freud thought. Fathers have often fought with their sons, and the objects of competition have occasionally been women. In a Freudian world, they compete over Oedipus's mother. But in a Darwinian world, they fight over other girls.


Last weekend, my daughter got married. She's become a more beautiful, more accomplished, and better adjusted young woman than I ever could have imagined. Because personal happiness trumps every other kind of happiness, it was probably the most important day of her life. But there will be other important days.

Devil or Angel?

To me personally, nothing is more important as faith. But to me as a Darwinist, religion is about politics and sex.

Black Hat, White Hat

A thousand years ago, as the first millennium turned, Ralph Glaber, a French monk, was disturbed. He the world would end; but with the crusades, a new world began.

Love Letter to the Pope

A week ago Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI made a statement about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. He was talking to reporters on his way to Portugal, on a plane. Sins within the Church had become "truly terrifying," he said. Penitence had to be done; forgiveness had to be sought.

Love Letter to Barack Obama

Last week, Barack Obama came to the Big House. On a Saturday morning in May that was supposed to be nice -- but, in typical mid-spring, Midwestern fashion, was not -- he delivered the 2010 commencement address. I didn't go. I read the script, and watched the video online at the Huffington Post. It was a good speech.