Author Archives: George Putnam

Democracy in the Mountains

The Varnum Memorial Library in my village of Jeffersonville, Vermont, recently hosted a talk titled “Democracy in the Mountains: The Vermont-Switzerland Connection” by Susan Clark. Several posts on this blog have discussed town meetings in New England generally, and specifically … Continue reading

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My previous post (Are we living in a simulation?) reminded me of a book that I read as a youth: the science fiction novel Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye. So, subsequent to writing that post, I pulled out my copy … Continue reading

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Are we living in a simulation?

Are we living in a computer simulation? This post is prompted by a column in the New York Times: Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? Let’s Not Find Out. The column is by Preston Greene: Ph.D., Philosophy, Rutgers University; … Continue reading

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Anne Frank and the Four Freedoms

Anne Frank and President Franklin Roosevelt did not know each other, but there is a profound connection between them: the Four Freedoms. President Roosevelt gave a famous speech to Congress in January 1941, eleven months before the United States entered … Continue reading

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The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank is a play based on the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (pictured). Mrs. TSP and I recently saw a production of this play by the Stowe Theatre Guild. Unfortunately it is … Continue reading

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The Holocaust

The Holocaust was the genocide of European Jews and others during World War II. Nazi Germany and its collaborators murdered six million Jews, two-thirds of the nine million Jews in Europe. The killings were carried out through forced labor under … Continue reading

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A Wikipedia Story

Wikipedia is a marvelous resource. This online encyclopedia contains vast amounts of information. It is free and it is available without leaving home. By comparison, the encyclopedias of my youth contained puny amounts of information. They were expensive, and therefore … Continue reading

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