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Monday, September 24, 2007

Yesterday in 1939 Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, died in London at age 83.

Freud’s ideas about authority help us understand (and in some measure sympathize with) the hunger for absolute leaders and absolute truth that probably besets us all, but that has overwhelmed many of our fellow humans who find themselves living under tyrannical governments and fundamentalist faiths. Freud was a great patriarch who struggled for nothing so much as for the abolition of patriarchy.

"As a Christian, you have to come to grips with what's in the culture and learn from it," said Steve Perry, whose DU campus Bible-reading group is called the Navigators.
"It's part of the college experience to call everything into question," Perry said. "My goal is to shock students out of the coma of casual Christianity and get them thinking seriously about it."

In "Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin," we see how Franklin's inventions from more than 200 years ago still have an impact on things we use, such as illustrations in the newspaper, bifocals, electricity and daylight-saving time.
"Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin" by Gene Barretta; Henry Holt and Co.

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