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July 2, 1987 | DEAN MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Joan Milke Flores wanted to be elected president of the Los Angeles City Council, but she said in an interview before her defeat Wednesday that she had second thoughts about the job. "Even though I wanted to be president, in the back of my mind I was so worried that my day in the district would suffer," said Flores, who spends each Thursday visiting constituents in San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway and Watts.
April 27, 1985 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
A Presbyterian commission has voided on procedural grounds the admission of religious philosopher John Hick to membership in the San Gabriel Presbytery. The Claremont Graduate School professor's application to transfer his ministerial status from Great Britain, where he previously taught, was approved 98 to 92 on Sept. 13, 1984, but was appealed by those who objected to Hick's liberal theology and the voting procedure.
Norman O. Brown, a soft-spoken philosopher whose revolutionary blend of Freudian analysis and New Age mysticism attracted a large intellectual following in the 1960s and '70s, died Wednesday in Santa Cruz. He was 89. A former humanities professor at UC Santa Cruz, Brown had Alzheimer's disease and died at an assisted-living residence, according to his son Thomas.
January 29, 1990 | JACK SMITH
In writing the other day about psychics who predict the future for money I observed that "There is no such thing as the foreseeable future," an aphorism which, I predict, will stand the test of time. I am challenged, however, on what I can only call philosophical grounds. I am speaking of that kind of philosophy which concerns itself with such questions as "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" and "Does a tree falling in a forest make a sound if no one is there to hear it?"
Yeshayahu Leibowitz, an iconoclastic philosopher who outraged many Israelis by fiercely denouncing the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as morally corrupting, died here Thursday at 91. Israeli President Ezer Wiezman praised Leibowitz as "among the great figures in the lives of the Jewish people and the state of Israel in recent generations, a man of intellect, philosophy, humanities and literature, a philosopher, a teacher and a trailblazer."
January 17, 2001
If professor Peter Singer ("The Philosopher as Provocateur," Jan. 8) were to have a conversation with physicist Stephen Hawking regarding "euthanasia of the severely disabled," he would quickly learn just how foolish his theory is. JAY SCHWARTZ Chatsworth
June 17, 1988 | JOSEPH N. BELL
When Abraham Melden moved with his parents from Montreal to Los Angeles a few years after World War I, the first place he explored was the Los Angeles Public Library. He remembers the day vividly. "I was just wandering, exploring, and I found a book by Plato--one of the early Socratic dialogues. I was fascinated, and I took the book home and devoured it."
May 9, 2010 | Malcolm Potts
Medieval alchemists, and more recently Harry Potter, spent time seeking the Philosopher's Stone. It was thought to be the elixir of life, bestowing long life and perhaps even immortality. Fifty years ago this month, a genuine philosopher's stone was discovered — only it was a small, white, circular tablet called Enovid, the first oral contraceptive. I knew the biologists who developed "the pill" and the doctors who tested it. In the 1960s, as a young obstetrician in Britain, I began prescribing oral contraceptives.
August 8, 1986 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
As one of Orange County's most outrageous bands, the Hags have been called many names, and will no doubt continue to be. But it's a safe bet that "conventional" will never be one of the words used to describe this group. With "Project 1986," the quintet's newly released debut LP, the controversial band aims to reach a wider audience with its offbeat but elaborately thought-out philosophy that espouses, among other things, celibacy.
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