Angel Blogs


Here’s something astronaut Scott Kelly said recently: “I’ve found that most problems aren’t rocket science, but when they are rocket science, you should ask a rocket scientist.”


Recently a friend I have not seen in 48 years sent me a video clip of an artist creating a visual to go with the Star-Spangled Banner being sung just before a basketball game. The clip was shown on virtual channel kshb-tv. I don’t know who was playing in that game or where it took place, but the clip is pretty astounding. The first time I watched it, I could not figure out what the artist was painting, but at the very end it all came clear. You can check it out below.



This is an experimental session for Our Better Angels. It features author, podcaster, and TED Talker Sam Harris addressing the links between rational thinking and morality. Check it out here.


Two of my favorite authors since 2010 are Dan Pink and Steven Pinker. Pinker, of course, is the author of The  Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. Pinker got that title from Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address, and we appropriated the phrase for this website.

Pink and Pinker are kindred spirits. Before I retired, I used to show the You Tube clip below in my introductory course in Leadership Studies at Ripon College. It provides a good hint at Pink’s approach to human motivation, it covers some very useful information, and it’s a hoot to watch.