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The Storytelling Animal | Reflections & Notes

May 8, 2019

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Jonathan Gottschall. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. Mariner Books, 2012. (248 pages) REFLECTIONS Every now and then a book and its ideas strike my discovery bone with just the right frequency and intensity that I find myself captivated by a whole new resonance in the universe. This is one of those books. First, […]

Three Identical Strangers | Reflections

April 3, 2019

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7664504/ “I believe nature and nurture both matter. But I think nurture can overcome nearly everything.” REFLECTIONS The quote above sums up quite well the principle conclusions of this fascinating documentary, and the perspective shift that the film is encouraging us in taking. I’m philosophically dubious, however, that “nurture can overcome nearly everything,” at least, […]

Between XX and XY | Notes

January 6, 2019

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Gerald N. Callahan, Ph.D. Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes. Chicago Review Press, 2009. (195 pages) NOTES Introduction Human sex is not something that switches irreversibly between two poles–male and female–like an on/off switch on a radio. Rather it is like the bass and treble knobs on that radio. Pure bass […]

TED | Douglas Rushkoff: Team Human

December 15, 2018

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I got invited to an exclusive resort to deliver a talk about the digital future to what I assumed would be a couple of hundred tech executives. And I was there in the green room, waiting to go on, and instead of bringing me to the stage, they brought five men into the green room […]

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

September 30, 2018

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Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no further than Harari. While his previous two books–Sapiens and Homo Deus—looked to the past and the […]

Enlightenment Now | Critical Reflections, Critical Reviews, & Notes

September 22, 2018

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Steven Pinker. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Penguin Random House, 2018. (556 pages) CRITICAL REFLECTIONS There are several possible approaches to the dilemma of this juncture in human history. Some panic. Some celebrate. Some hope and believe. Some simply ignore and go on about their lives. Most do a combination of […]

AlphaGo | Reflections and Quotes

February 16, 2018

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alphagomovie.com. On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea. Reflections In my continual search for understanding, insight, and truth about the universe, Artificial Intelligence is one of the most captivating areas of study and discovery. For those unfamiliar with AI, AlphaGo is a wonderfully moving and dramatic introduction. […]