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allan-goldstein's picture
Apr.18.2013
            Not this time.  This time, we will not be terrorized.  We refuse to give you that power.             We don’t yet know your name, but we know precisely who you are....
bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
Mar.04.2013
            For four tortuous hours we bounced and lurched over narrow, crumbling mountain roads to a remote forest village in the eastern part of India, an area of tribal people who still live as they did hundreds, even thousands, of years ago...
michael-seidel's picture
Jun.30.2012
It's a cool summer day. Rain is forecasted. Now would be perfect for walking. I want to walk but I didn't get up until 7:30, started writing, thinking, then posted some thoughts. Now it's coming up on 9:00. I have errands and chores planned for the day. I'll need to walk later, walk out some...
stephen-kata's picture
Jun.17.2012
When I was a newly hatched teenager, back in the early 1960's, the world was in awe of the incredible advances in science and medicine. The scourge of polio had recently been all but eradicated. New wonder drugs called antibiotics were being developed and introduced at a rapid rate. The...
dale-estey's picture
Mar.06.2012
A friend of mine commented this morning about the subtle - and not so subtle - ways civilization as we know it is starting to wind down. It's been a pretty good run since the end of World War Two, folks - hope you have enjoyed it.    Kimberly Weinberger...
pavel-somov's picture
Jan.03.2012
"The psychological group is a provisional being formed of heterogeneous elements, which for a moment are combined, exactly as the cells which constitute a living body form by their reunion a new being which displays characteristics very different from those possessed by each of the cells...
dale-estey's picture
Dec.31.2011
This list (admittedly limited to seven books) is scant on fiction, which makes me a tad dubious. However, even without Kafka or THE ELEPHANT TALKS TO GOD, it is a stellar list and - yes - probably everyone should read them all. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *   7 Free eBooks Neil deGrasse Tyson...
earl-merkel's picture
Nov.01.2011
If there's one proven technique to effectively talk to people, it's through use of metaphor-- it was already ancient when a former carpenter used it extensively in what we call "parables," and it's just as effective today. Case in point: the essay below by Niall Ferguson-- who speaks of "...
john-haynes's picture
Jun.01.2011
Thank you University Presidents and Trustees across the nation, Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.  I’m deeply grateful for this historic opportunity to address all of America’s graduating seniors at once.   It’s customary to begin these oratorical exercises with a joke … and perhaps an...
steven-robert-travers's picture
Nov.23.2010
400,000 years before the birth of Christ, cave dwellers known as “Peking Man” roamed the Earth. They were capable of killing and cooking animals. They were the survivors of the Great Ice Age. 40,000 years ago, mysterious cults surrounded death and the hunt of animals. Scholars say these are man’s...