The Daily Coin Flip
Week of 1/20/13
Instructions: Ask yourself the question. If you want, flip a coin. “On Edge” means that the coin lands and balances on its edge.
Should I say “eww” or “gross” in response to what I see?
On Edge It wouldn’t be so bad to look at if it didn’t appear 144 times.
Am I a horrible person?
Heads Yes. I never floss.
Tails No. I floss regularly.
On Edge I can’t be sure. I have a nonjudgmental dental hygienist.
Do the results of this study, showing that people who had happy childhoods earn more money, imply that we should improve the situations of children to promote prosperity?
Tails No. Making the happiness of children more likely is good in itself.
On Edge Maybe the people who were less than deliriously happy as children found better things to do with their lives than accumulate large amounts of money.
Should tradition inform contemporary art?
On Edge I’ve created a role-playing computer game in which the player’s avatar can be a thimble, a wheelbarrow, or a top hat.
Given how long we’ve known the shape of the Earth, is it time to stop referring to “the four corners of the world”?
Heads Yes. Language should be rational.
Tails No. Whimsy and contradiction are important components of language.
On Edge What worries me is how unimaginative the phrase makes ancient cosmology seem. What would be a more interesting shape than a quadrilateral for the world if it were flat? Please post your answers here. Interestingly, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_continents discusses a relatively recent origin for the phrase, though it appears in some translations of the Bible and of the titles of Cyrus the Great (http://www.iranchamber.com/history/cyrus/cyrus_charter.php).
Is there privacy in heaven?
On Edge If you want me to leave the room, just say so.
What is the moral of this week’s coin flips?
Heads Life is not a game of Monopoly.
Tails Parts of Hindu cosmology are not far from some current ideas on the subject.
On Edge Dr. Watson never had fine clothing. He wore homespun.
Due to my heavy schedule, The Daily Coin Flip will update irregularly, possibly rarely, until late May. When there’s a new update, I’ll post on Facebook. Thanks for reading.
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