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What does it mean to be human?

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We like to think we’re special, we’re different than the rest of the animal kingdom. We can reason and communicate and imagine and empathize and manipulate our world in a way no other creature can. We have consciousness, self-awareness. All … Continue reading

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Another Reason the Rich Get Richer

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The problem with global trade agreements that few know about or understand is the strength of the ISDS court system. Full disclosure: much of the information in this essay comes from this Huffington Post piece: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/isds-lawsuit-financing-tpp_us_57c48e40e4b09cd22d91f660 But here’s my take … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Doubt

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I don’t know if it’s better to be a vegan or an omnivore. I don’t know if it’s better to believe in God or not. I don’t know if small government is better than large government or if one ought … Continue reading

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The Connected World

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When you finish reading this, go outside, preferably to a park or an undeveloped area away from the embellishments of humanity as much as you are able. Inhale the aroma of pines and firs. Put your nose to a flower … Continue reading

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Our National Debt

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We hear lots of talk about our national debt at various points, usually around election time, so I thought I would examine the issue to see how bad it is. First of all, an explanation: national debt is what our … Continue reading

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Do We Really Want Clean Air?

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I like to breathe. It makes me feel alive. I like my air to be clean too, without the infiltration of chemicals and pollutants. Most people agree. We want air that doesn’t have lots of additives. But … You probably … Continue reading

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Seeking Long-Term Planners

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We’re going to need to spend a lot more money soon. Infrastructure is crumbling, the population is aging and schools are already under-funded in many areas. We need to spend more on transportation for the increasing number of seniors (as … Continue reading

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The Poetry of Life

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I don’t consider myself a poet, but maybe I should. After all, poetry is about the creative use of language to evoke images and emotions, and I try to do that, perhaps not as prettily as a poet, but with … Continue reading

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Human Intelligence

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We think we’re smart. And sometimes we are. Not always, not about everything, but often we are. The bigger question is: does it matter? For many species, extra intelligence is not a boon to survival. Smarter sharks and smarter rabbits … Continue reading

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Clean Water

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Water is the most important substance on Earth – the one element we believe is absolutely essential to life – and yet we disrespect it all the time. Why? We all agree that clean water is vital. Even the most … Continue reading

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