Intellectual Takeout


Intellectual Takeout -- A Refuge for Rational DiscourseTo serve as a refuge for those who want to pursue truth, rediscover the wisdom and traditions of the past, discuss ideas calmly, and apply what’s been learned to their own lives and networks.

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America’s Got Talent and It’s All Around Us

Dec 20, 2018 — Intellectual Takeout

Henry Wingate
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‘Recently, I found my son-in-law in his driveway with his van jacked up. “What’ up, Mike?” I asked.

“Just changing the brake pads.”

“Good grief. You can do that? Really?”

“It’s not that hard. Saves a lot of money.”

 


The Humble Origins of ‘Silent Night’

Dec 20, 2018 — Intellectual Takeout

The Humble Origins of ‘Silent Night’
One of the world’s most famous Christmas carols, “Silent Night,” celebrates its 200th anniversary this year.

Over the centuries, hundreds of Christmas carols have been composed. Many fall quickly into obscurity.

Not “Silent Night.”


The TSA Is Using Detector Dogs More, Which Is Actually a Good Idea

Dec 19, 2018 — Intellectual Takeout

The TSA Is Using Detector Dogs More, Which Is Actually a Good Idea
Unlike many people, I actually enjoy flying. I rarely check bags, and modern apps make checking in and boarding pretty simple (if you have a smartphone). Airport sports bars are a great place to catch a quick bite and a beer while waiting to board. If I’m not reading a book or watching a ball game, I’ll sometimes strike up a conversation with a random person, and more often than not, this person has an interesting story to tell.


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