Author Archives: George Putnam

Where do you get news?

Over on my other blog, The Switchel Traveler, I have been posting about the COVID-19 pandemic currently raging in the world. (Click here for all posts on that blog about that topic.) My question for this post: Where do you … Continue reading

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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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