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Comedian, actor, director Albert Brooks has written a novel called 2030—The Real Story of What Happens to America covered in this New York Times review, A Wry Eye on Problems of the Future. Brooks said, “I don’t want to be the one to break it to you, but the future ain’t that funny.” The book apparently [...]

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Virginia Postrel writes on progress and Bogart’s coat (hat tip Instapundit), and although there are many who would disagree with her premise about what the “hardest economic question is,” she is talking about the challenges for businesses to grow their businesses, not social or environmental policy. (I seem to know a number of people who [...]

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Philosopher John N. Gray has written a book called, The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death, and he writes about it in the article in gaurdian.co.uk, originally found at 3 Quarks Daily. It’s essentially a review of his own book. For a taste: “But if these Victorian seekers turned to science, it [...]

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1958 Interview with Robert Hutchins

“We believe that the reduction of the citizen to an object of propaganda, private and public, is one of the greatest dangers to democracy. A prevalent notion is that the great mass of the people cannot understand and cannot form an independent judgment upon any matter; they cannot be educated, in the sense of developing their intellectual powers, but they can be bamboozled.

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The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant—1968 This is less a book review and more an outline of the Durant’s remarkable little summary. It is one of my favorite non-fiction books, although that is often a moving target. It’s also fodder for further exploration and possibly forthcoming essays. All items emphasized are mine, [...]

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