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Ludwik Kowalski

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  1. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: REFLECTIONS http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/spiritual.htm
  2. Some of you might be inserted in my short essay, at: http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/food_for_thought.htm Feel free to share it with all who might be interested, especially students. Ludwik Kowalski
  3. A message from a colleague: If you allow me to carry my cynicism a bit further, I would describe the Paris agreement about climate change as a fig leaf. It allows everyone to continue doing what they want while being able to say they tried to stop the seas from rising. They can say to the people being drowned, "we did our best, so stop complaining". Meanwhile, fossil fuels will be phased out only as fast as is convenient and economically beneficial, as would have been the case without the agreement. Meanwhile, everyone can be happy for a little longer. Ludwik Kowalski (see Wikiped
  4. Some of you might benefit from reading my free online "Hearing Aids For Dummies" essay. The link is: http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/hearaids5.htm
  5. Questions to Bernie Sanders I like Charlie Rose's program very much; I watch it and learn from it, nearly every weekday. On October 26, during an interview with Charlie Rose, Bernie Sanders agitated for tuition-free public universities, for raising minimum wage, etc. How can a moral person disagree with such proposals? But his agitation for social justice via a progressive socialist revolution against the top one percent of American private property owners scared me. It reminded me of Lenin's agitation agains injustice in Russia, and of a Polish revolutionary song "Burzhujow do pracy
  6. Those who have read my essay "What is God," at: http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/god.htm might be interesed in God-related conceptual difficulties of some preachers, quoted at: http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/god2.htm Ludwik Kowalski (see Wikipedia). Please share these links with those who might be interested.
  7. Thank you for the interesting post. Many people would be willing to die to avoid painfull suffering.
  8. The ongoing debates (August 2015) among potential Republican presidential candidates reminded me of a note I posted several years ago. Below is a link to an updated (and hopefully better) version of this note: http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/presidentEN.htm How can a retired teacher miss an opportunity for sharing what he thinks he understands better? Feel free to share the above link with all who might be interested, especially students. Comments will be appreciated, as usual. Ludwik Kowalski, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Montclair State University ================
  9. Personal Sound Amplifiers (PSA) Hearing aids are very expensive, typically from $3000 to $6000 a pair. But some people might postpone wearing them, for many year. I describe this alternative at my university website: http://csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/aps.htm Feel free to share this short essay with others. Comments will be appreciated. Ludwik Kowalski (see Wikipedia)
  10. A New Kind of a Russian Nuclear Reactor Link to my article: http://csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/cf/reactor419.html Feel free to share it with all who might be interested, especially with students. Ludwik Kowalski, P.D.
  11. Contemporary Russian Situation (10/17/2014) as described by BSN, an unnamed Russian author Translated by Ludwik Kowalski, Ph.D. http://csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/life/intro.html 1) My translation of BSN's article is available online at: http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/bsn.html 2) Why did I translate this article? Because I know that the present political situation in Russia is far from clear, and that many people will be interested in how it is described by an intelligent Russian patriot. Feel free to share the link with those who might be intereste
  12. What is God? According to our ancestors, who recorded their beliefs in the Bible, God is an all-powerful and all-knowing entity, living somewhere outside of our world, who created the world and controls what happens in it. My definition of God is slightly different; I tend to think that God is not an entity outside nature, but nature itself, as postulated by a 17th century Jewish theologian, Baruch Spinoza, in Holland. Our very distant ancestors were polytheists; they invented the idea of multiple gods. Our less distant ancestors replaced this idea with the mental image of a personal--omn
  13. Dear friends, 1) As we all know, books are still produced traditionally. But eBooks (to be read on screens, large or small) and audio books (aBooks, to be listened to on various devices) become more and more common. 2) Last week I discovered that publishing an audio book via ACX is said to be very easy, provided the author already has an eBook (or a traditional book) at Amazon. I am starting this thread to share what I know (not a lot at this stage) about the ACX. I hope I am not the only one (on this list) who is trying to publish an aBook via ACX. Perhaps we can learn from each oth
  14. Who is the author of Mitzvah [commandments]? asked Rabbi Herman E Schaalman, in (1). According to some people, he wrote, "the authority of the 'commandment' resides in the people;" they claim that mitzvot are the customs created by our sages. Such an answer would be sufficient, he continues, if "Jews were like any other people." Why is it so? In which way are Jews different? Unfortunately, this question is not answered by the Rabbi, to my satisfaction. He refers to the Hebrew language, with which I am not familiar. But I do know how Spinoza, a 17th century Jewish theologian (2), would answ
  15. Some of you might be interested in extracts from a theological presentation--of a Russian Orthodox priest--that I just posted at: pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/sysoev.html Comments will be appreciated, Ludwik
  16. Why Gorbachev? Gorbachev is of the same age as I am. Several days ago I read a post (on a Russian forum) in which he was accused of being responsible for the disintegration of the Soviet Union. In my opinion the country disintegrated spontaneously, after the truth about dark sides of Stalinism became known. Yes, Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet Communist Party, did contribute to the fall, by promoting the policy of "glasnost," that is by allowing truth to be known. But reforms introduced by the President of the Soviet Union, Yeltsyn, were equally important. The same can be said about Gorb
  17. COMMUNIST MANIFESTO 2014, posted at http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/manifesto.html Fell free to shared this link with others. Ludwik
  18. Adolf Eichmann, one of the major organizers of the Holocaust, who was hiding in Argentina, was captured by the Mossad in 1960. How did this happen? This question is answered by Deborah Lipstadt, in her book "The Eichmann's Trial." The decisive information, she writes, came from three people: Lothar Hermann, a German half-Jew, who fled to Argentina in 1939, his young daughter Sylvia, who did not know about her Jewish origin, and a German Jewish lawyer, Fritz Bauer, who escaped to Sweden, in the 1930's. After the war Bauer returned to Germany and became an attorney general in Frankfurt. One day
  19. My short set notes about Facebook is at: http://csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/facebook.html Comments will be appreciated. Feel free to share this link with other people. Ludwik
  20. Racism: a social disease I am worried after reading the "Stop Syjionizmowi," published in one of the Polish websites, not in English: http://stopsyjonizmowi.wordpress.com/poznaj-zyda/ I did not read the well-known forgery: "Protocol of Elders of Zion," fabricated over a hundred years ago in Tsarist Russia. But this Polish post is probably more nonsensical and more poisonous. The author writes, for instance, "the greatest criminals, murderers and traitors in history were mostly Jews (Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Dzerzhinsky)." This statement is false: none of them was a Jew. Also fals
  21. OUR TWO WORLDS, SPIRITUAL AND MATERIAL Sections 2 and 3 have been added to "Futile Confrontations" at: http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/theo/atheist.html Comments will be appreciated, Thank you in advance, Ludwik
  22. A Book, entitled "How Polish People Helped Germans Murder Jews;" was published recently (January 2013) in Poland. http://www.czarnaowca.pl/literatura_faktu/jak_polacy_niemcom_zydow_m,p720952114 I hope it will be translated into English. The author, Stefan Zgliczynski, is a journalist associated with the Polish version of Le Monde Diplomatique. His book generated many interesting comments on a Polish website: http://www.polityka.pl/forum/1159278,jak-polacy-niemcom-zydow-mordowac-pomagali-recenzja-ksiazki.thread?addPost=true&parent_id=1160679#commentBox The link below will take
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