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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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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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