Archive for January 6th, 2008
Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as the author of “Guns, Germs and Steel” and “Collapse.” In an op-ed piece in the January 2, 2008 NYT, he reports that American rates of resource consumption are horribly out of wack with the rates of other inhabitants of [...]
It is five days into the new year, and I am glad of that – 2007 was a particularly trying time for me, full of a lot of personal and professional changes and challenges. It is good to have a fresh chapter to write, a blank page upon which to scribble. I am, as usual, [...]
Why did Obama win in Iowa? This video gives you a good idea of why. Obama adopted, as his motto, “The fierce urgency of now.” Obama is not a mere speech reader, as you can see from this speech he gave on November 10, 2007. He really hits some solid notes along the way.
Best known for his attacks on Father Nature, Sam Harris is now warning us about Mother Nature: Might we be better off just leaving things to the wisdom of Nature? I once believed this. But we know that Nature has no concern for individuals or for species. Those that survive do so despite Her indifference. [...]
Yesterday, I saw the following quote on a t-shirt in a little souvineer shop in Hannibal, Missouri: A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. This quote uses a formula that could work for many other verbs, too. Instead of “read,” you can substitute “think,” “vote,” “empathize,” “speak,” “listen,” or [...]