• We do the Bridge-Walks on Saturday mornings assuming no rain or other commitments. We meet at 7:45 a.m. and begin walking to the Golden Gate Bridge at 8:00 a.m. It's okay to arrive late; you'll just have to catch up or meet us after the turn at Fort Point. 7:45 a.m. SFYC-Marina parking lot to GGB & return, assuming a decent weather forecast. This is a walk TO, not over, the bridge, and back.

  • Description: Unless otherwise noted, all walks proceed as follows: we begin at the parking lot shown as Yacht Road on Mapquest adjacent to the north end of the Marina Green next to the St. Francis Yacht Club. We meet at 7:45 a.m. and at 8:00 a.m. ambling towards the Golden Gate Bridge, which is about a mile-and-a-quarter away. If you're late, it's easy to catch up. The round trip takes about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. There are comfort stations at each end. Snacks and a bookstore are at the Warming Hut near the Bridge. Plenty of birds and boats to see along the way. Bring a friend or child, a camera or binoculars. Dress for wind and weather. Drizzles don't bother, rainstorms will cancel. We talk about something, nothing, birds, plants, boats, whatever, and if it relates to Con-Law, so much the better, but that's not required. We enjoy ourselves, basically, by getting fresh air and taking a more or less brisk walk, depending on what stops we make to smell the flowers or view a bird.


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February 21, 2005



I fully agree and thank you very much for the welcome comment, Mike.

The more-or-less rational finding-out process that we call science is a useful tool, just like any other tool.

We look to additional traditions for the answer to the question whether it's a good idea to use this tool either to nurture or kill each other. The value traditions, we could call them: religious, moral, ethical, educational, cultural, historical, political, legal, etc.

Apparently we need a judicious mix of all to make any civilization, such as it is, work properly, or better.

This, of course, takes some doing.

Sometimes we focus on one category or another to say something about it. It might then appear that the others are being ignored. It's important not to be misled by appearances. Good of you to point that out, what I left out.

We have to shine the flashlight into all corners.


Mike Cheek

I concur with what I understand to be your main point, that we must search for truth, that part of that search is the willingness to question even our basic assumptions from time to time. This is the scientific method. (Also the pre-scientific Socratic method.)

However, at the same time I feel compelled to say something about the proper place of science. It has a good place and a respectable place, but there are certain things it cannot do for us.

The constitution was not written by scientists! (Thank God!) The Founding Fathers (some at least) were broadly educated, well acquainted with the great ideas and great books of western civilization. It was this broadly based exposure and education (as well as courage and integrity) that helped produce such an enduring document.

My point is this, those who search for truth in general or in constitutional law situations in particular are well served by a broad education and engagement with the great thinkers and ideas and history of our civilization. Science doesn't have all the answers.

Mike Cheek

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