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The Problem with Time Travel

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Time is an interesting concept. We know it as the fourth dimension, yet it behaves differently than the other three. We can move up or down, right or left, forward or back without interference. But we cannot move backward in … Continue reading

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I am biased . . . and so are you

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All of us have our biases. We think we don’t. We think we’re enlightened and we don’t base our decisions on subconscious or unconscious cues, yet we do it every day, all the time. It’s impossible not to be biased. … Continue reading

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If you could see the Future

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If you could see the future, would you want to? Consider that you might see something you don’t want to see – like a world run by cockroaches or your grandchildren in prison for committing fraud or everyone deciding to … Continue reading

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Why Science Fiction Matters

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Many people won’t read science fiction. They have the idea that it’s all warp drives and space battles and bizarre aliens and they just don’t want to read that. It’s too far out for their taste. But not all science … Continue reading

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Perception is Everything

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Perception is everything – more important than reality. Let me explain. You can be the nicest person in the world, saving puppies and babies and donating all your worldly goods to saving the planet, but if others think you’re a … Continue reading

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Oh, Universe

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Oh, Universe Are you truly made of string? Do you vibrate eternal Your one-dimensional objects stitching our creation Weaving the genesis out of which we arise? Oh, Universe Why do you hide your dark matter Absorbing light and radiation Into … Continue reading

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Take the Jelly Bean Test

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What kind of person are you? When you’re eating jelly beans, do you start with your favorites and gobble them first before moving on to your less-liked flavors? Or do you start with the ones that are just okay and … Continue reading

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Daniel

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Why did I wait so long? I trusted there would be time in spades, years and decades to further our friendship, hone the edges of our razor wits – or did we only imagine we were funny? I confided truths … Continue reading

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The New Corporate America

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More than 50 years ago, on January 17, 1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us against the growing power of the military-industrial complex. How have we done since then? Big corporations have only become more powerful. They don’t advocate for direct … Continue reading

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The Myth of Equal Opportunity

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There has never been equal opportunity in America. Sure, there’s always been opportunity, but it’s never been equal. The wealthy have always gotten better opportunities than the poor. Whites have always gotten better opportunities than blacks or Hispanics or Asians … Continue reading

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