Sept. 21, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 2


"When the wind was right, you didn't want to be in that area." ˇUniversity Historian Thomas H. O'Connor, Boston Globe, commenting on Brighton's 19th-century status as a major center of the cattle industry.

"When politicians try to manipulate them, Americans frequently respond not by informing themselves about events but by concluding that they were correct to distrust politicians in the first place. This creates a vicious cycle in which ignorance breeds manipulation that then justifies further ignorance. Why pay attention to politics, Americans ask themselves, if politicians are just going to ignore what we want?" ˇCenter for Religion and American Public Life Director Prof. Alan Wolfe (Political Science), Los Angeles Times

"They think in unusual ways, they solve problems in unusual ways. And one of the ways in which they're unusual is that they learn things almost completely on their own. They soak it up on their own, the way a typical child soaks up language on his own, when he's learning his first language." ˇProf. Eileen Winner (Psychology), "CNN Newsroom," on child prodigies.

"As long as reasonable minds can differ on whether the epoxy could hold, then it's going to be very hard to prove.'' ˇProf. Robert Bloom (Law), Boston Herald, on whether Big Dig officials could be prosecuted for gross negligence or recklessness stemming from the fatal collapse of a ceiling panel in the I-90 Seaport Connector Tunnel.

"It's a search for novelty, what is new, what is unusual.'' ˇProf. Harvey Egan, SJ (Theology), MetroWest News, on reported sightings of the image of Virgin Mary on, among other things, a grilled cheese sandwich and the belly of a pet turtle.

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