Essays

Essays

Apr 9th 2016

Zombies and the walking dead make for good copy, but do little to advance our understanding of life and death.

Apr 9th 2016
A trait shared by the fastest growing and most disruptive companies in history — Google, Amazon, Uber, AirBnb, and eBay—is that they aren’t focused on selling products, they are building platforms.
Apr 5th 2016

DECORAH, IOWA – Populism has a long and colorful history in American politics, from Huey Long on the left and George Wallace on the right, to – more recently – Ross Perot in 1992 and Donald Trump today.

Apr 2nd 2016

Bernie Sanders has better poll numbers than any candidate for president, from either party. Consider his latest numbers (March 31) from Huff Post Pollster. Bernie bests Donald Trump by 52 to 41. Against Ted Cruz, Bernie leads 51 to 41; and vs. John Kasich it is Bernie 46 to Kasich’s 44.

Apr 2nd 2016

Spring Fever is upon us. Search not for scantily clad students roaming white sand beaches with yard-long margaritas; no, look instead to the madness of politics gone wild with crazy beyond what anybody could have imagined.

Mar 31st 2016

Facebook is set to release its virtual reality headset, Oculus, next week.

Mar 24th 2016

It’s not uncommon to hear people wishing that they had a better memory. “If only I weren’t so forgetful”, they complain.

Mar 24th 2016

Eating more fruit and vegetables and cutting back on red and processed meat will make you healthier. That’s obvious enough.

Mar 19th 2016

People of all kinds of political persuasions are rightly horrified by the violence erupting at Trump rallies,[i]

Mar 19th 2016

PRINCETON – More than 40 years ago, in an essay entitled “Famine, Affluence, and Morality,” I invited readers to imagine that they are walking past a shallow pond when they see a small child who has fallen in and seems to be drowning.

Mar 14th 2016

Philosophy is pretty unpopular in America today.

Mar 14th 2016

The subject of narcissism has intrigued people for centuries, but social scientists now claim that it has become a modern “epidem

Mar 11th 2016

NEW YORK – Nobel laureate Amartya Sen famously suggested that famines d

Mar 11th 2016

PARIS – The word “trump,” according to the dictionary, is an alteration of the word triumph.

Mar 8th 2016

The media frenzy surrounding Donald Trump has inverted the nature of our problem. That a demagogue will come along to foment dissent is no surprise; that his despicable views find such gleeful resonance with so many of our voters is the frightening story, not Trump.

Mar 5th 2016

The battle between the FBI and Apple over the unlocking of a terrorist’s iPhone will likely require Congress to create new legislation. That’s because there really aren’t any existing laws which encompass technologies such as these.

Mar 1st 2016

Hillary Clinton refuses to make public the transcripts of her speeches to big banks, three of which were worth a total of $675,000 to Goldman Sachs.

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