Author Archives: Michael Spence

Valuing persons 3

Observation on the preceding article: What I’ve called “assigned value” shows up all the time in the pricing of merchandise. How much is commodity X worth? Answer: Not what the maker thinks it’s worth, not the cost of the materials … Continue reading

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Valuing persons 2

At what point,” you say? Simple: The instant supply outstripped demand.

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This one’s for you, Dad

UVa board discusses brand possibilities The University of Virginia Board of Visitors discussed the possibility of establishing a brand for the school. — Charlottesville Daily Progress, 3 April 2005 Man, that’s harsh. Even at the University of Texas they just … Continue reading

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Valuing persons

At what point did human life become so cheap that we could afford to argue about its quality? Just asking.

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George David Spence, 1922–2005: Requiescat in gaudio

When from my dying bed My ransomed soul shall rise, “Jesus died my soul to save!” Shall rend the vaulted skies. — E. M. Hall My father, George Spence, passed away early Saturday morning, March 19, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Because … Continue reading

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Meaning and mind-changing

I noted in the introduction that this site isn’t a blog, although it certainly seems we’re blundering into that territory. One distinction is that because of the nature of blogger software1 — and if I’m wrong here please correct me … Continue reading

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What a grant really is

Maybe we made a mistake in calling them “grants.”

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In praise of Joan Winston

September 2016 / Clerk’s Log, mJD 57275.16: Joan left us on 11 September 2008. As I later discovered, she probably never saw this article. I’m leaving it intact in memoriam. Gentle readers, if there is someone in your life whom … Continue reading

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On meaning

Where there is no meaning, there is no being. — Vera Nazarian [Note: The above was initially used as the epigraph for the Scriptorium.] So what about that quotation up there? Well, it makes sense — even if you violently … Continue reading

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