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Essays

Feb 6th 2016

MELBOURNE – Last month, a steer escaped from a slaughterhouse in the New York City borough of Queens. Video of the animal trotting down a busy street was soon featured on many media outlets.

Feb 2nd 2016


"But what about evolution, can it get better at evolving over time? The idea is known as the evolution of evolvability [.....] past evolution can change the way that future evolution operates."

Jan 28th 2016


"...... there is no evidence, none, zero, absolutely nothing, to link vaccinations with autism. It is a myth, a fallacy, factually incorrect."

Jan 27th 2016

The argument that Ted Cruz is eligible to run for president initially looked strong, then probable but uncertain.  But closer examination shows it is surprisingly weak.

Jan 27th 2016

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg must know that this is his last rodeo. If he does not run for President in 2016, the year in which he turns 74, there will be no opportunity for him in four years.

Jan 25th 2016

Every 30 or 40 years, Americans become incredibly pessimistic.  They begin to believe the nation is falling behind in competitiveness and innovation, that their children will not be as well off as they themselves have been, and that some other country will own the future.  They fear that the U.S

Jan 25th 2016


At a time of global economic insecurity, an insightful commentator identified the existential threat that technology poses to work:

Jan 23rd 2016

Not long ago, venture capitalists were talking about how Bitcoin was going to transform the global currency system and render governments powerless to police monetary transactions.  Now the cryptocurrency is fighting for survival.  The reality came to light on January 14, when its influential de

Jan 23rd 2016

The World Economic Forum Meeting at Davos, Switzerland this year is all about navigating a path through the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

Jan 22nd 2016

The British government’s new guidelines advise reducing alcohol consumption to 14 units a week for both men and women and bluntly state that, for some cancers of the mouth, throat and b

Jan 21st 2016

In his State of the Union speech on January 12, 2016, President Obama said this about

Jan 16th 2016

Bill Cosby has been finally charged with sexual assault. For anyone who has followed the case, one striking aspect is how late an actual indictment has come, and after a huge number of accusations.

Jan 16th 2016

"When it comes to the scientific breakthroughs and commercial innovations that are building the economy of the future, the United States really is number one — and no competitor is in sight."

Jan 15th 2016

The United States once enjoyed a governing policy focused and framed by a strong conception of the common good.

Jan 15th 2016

For the past century, the price and performance of computing has been on an exponential curve.

Jan 13th 2016

Noting the roots of David Bowie's last album in jazz, Nate Chinen of the New York Times described Bowie as "an elusive rock star whose music has been

Jan 11th 2016


Futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that solar power has been doubling every two years for the past 30 years....... He says solar energy is only six doublings — or less than 14 years — away from meeting 100 percent of today’s energy needs."


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