August 25, 2014

Check here for a weekly list of what Brad and Irwin are reading and watching. A virtual bedside table, The Week in Wisdom offers the books, movies, articles, programs and more that shape how Brad and Irwin look at the world.

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1 Wu-Tang: A Better Tomorrow

Posted August 25, 2014

Wu-Tang: A Better Tomorrow

Most TWD readers probably don’t follow the Wu-Tang Clan – perhaps the number one greatest hip hop group of all time. Rolling Stone called the Wu-Tang Clan “the best rap group ever” and there is probably no group that has introduced and launched the careers of more artists. Two weeks ago the entire clan of nine appeared on the Jon Stewart Show – the first time they were together in close to a decade Read More

2 Good Religion vs Bad Religion

Posted August 25, 2014

Good Religion vs Bad Religion

Tired of the arguments which “prove” that all religion is bad because some religion motivates hatred and justifies cruelty? Me too, and for a whole variety of reasons, not least of which is the fact that the same argument could be made for love, and how it is used or abused, but I wouldn’t want to get rid of love. Would you? Read More

3 In Someone Else’s Shoes

Posted August 25, 2014

 In Someone Else’s Shoes

If your shoes could talk what would they say? My daughter is a remarkable art educator – go with her to MOMA, The Noguchi, or The Jewish Museum – all museums in which she works – and you will see I am not just saying this. She has taught me how art is often a technology of meaning and making that can enlighten us if we look seriously and trust our reactions – our feelings, thoughts, and ideas. Read More

4 Forget Killer Sharks, Here's a Killer Grouper!

Posted August 25, 2014

Forget Killer Sharks, Here's a Killer Grouper!

We all have fears and phobias, and oftentimes they are as irrational as they are real. For example, many people’s totally disproportionate interest in, and fear of, shark attacks has been studied for years. The explanations are many and varied, but none seem to help folks deal with the issue. Well, perhaps this video will. Read More