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What Jobs Will Exist in 30 Years?

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Computers are taking over the world. It might take more than 30 years for them to succeed, but not much more. They’re getting faster and more diverse, able to perform tasks once thought impossible. Computer-driven cars will become a reality … Continue reading

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Is Buying a Cotton T-Shirt an Environmental Disaster?

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I bought a T-shirt made in China the other day – a simple cotton T-shirt that I presumed was good for the environment because it’s a natural fabric. But then, prodded by a friend, I did a little research and … Continue reading

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Why We Stereotype & Why It Matters

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The world is complicated – that’s hardly news. But it’s important to recognize that fact because our brains don’t like a complicated world. They want a world that makes sense, a world that follows patterns we’re capable of understanding. This … Continue reading

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Conversation with a Flag or A Brautigan Moment

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I spotted a flag flapping in the breeze at half-mast. I stared for only a moment. As I prepared to walk away it said: “Where are you going?” “Back to work,” I replied. “You barely noticed me.” “I saw you … Continue reading

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We’ll Never Be Spock

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We like to think we’re logical beings. We believe we use reason to make important decisions and assume we’re not slaves to emotions. But unfortunately we’re wrong. We delude ourselves every day with the biases we carry around, the emotional … Continue reading

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Why Stories Are Vital

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People have been telling stories for almost as long as there have been people. Sometimes those stories have been told through art, as in the cave paintings found in Asia and Europe. Sometimes music has served as the medium and, … Continue reading

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Is America Safe?

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Is America Safe? In many ways the answer is yes. But we’re not as safe as we could be and the reason is the proliferation of guns. Some say it’s not possible to change our gun culture but we can … Continue reading

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Fixing Our Infrastructure

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Virtually everyone in America agrees that we need to repair/update at least some of our infrastructure: roads, power lines, water pipes, cable/telephone wires, etc. But there is very little agreement on how and when we ought to undertake these projects. … Continue reading

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Why We (Probably) Won’t Solve Climate Change

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We seldom tackle problems that involve long-term strategies. We haven’t evolved that way. We survived by planning for today and tomorrow – not for next year – so our brains struggle with abstract concepts like global warming that might potentially … Continue reading

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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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