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Morality, Misunderestimated

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'He is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.' GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Caesar in Caesar and Cleopatra, Act II I spent most of my early years growing up in Brooklyn, but my parents rented a chalet in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. Every winter we would spend a week at the chalet. Why? Nobody knew. None of us skiied, hiked, or otherwise explored the outdoors. Mostly we sat inside, watched Macgyver, and drank Sanka. I ocassionally escaped this grim ritual to ramble around the wilderness, enjoying the ease of traipsing across ...

Why The Future Needs Us: Ray Kurzweil, The Unabomber, and The Impatience of Progress

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Technological progress hangs over mankind like the Sword of Damocles. And most of us never look up…

In a sleepy English factory town in 1779, as the Industrial Revolution was just revving up, the dim-witted workman Ned Ludd, after being taunted for incompetence by local hooligans, smashed two mechanical knitting machines to smithereens in a fit of rage that elevated him to near-mythical status. Somehow, tales of this seemingly-innocuous event went viral, and the enemies of technology transformed the dumb workman from Anstey into an icon of technological resistance.

IMMORTAL: Going Head-to-Head with Ponce De Leon

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Immortality isn’t just for Spanish conquistadors anymore …

Spanish Conquistador and explorer Juan Ponce de Leon scoured Florida during the early 16th century for the legendary Fountain of Youth, a spring that restores youthful vitality to all who drink from it. Tales of this mythical source of immortality have been circulating in written form since the writings of Herodotus in the the 5th century BC.

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