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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. […]

Silence | Reflections & Select Quotes

January 12, 2018

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Silence [R] 2016. Wikipedia page. Anthony Lane, New Yorker, “Martin Scorsese’s Strained ‘Silence'”; John Patterson, The Guardian, “Silence: Scorsese’s new film is not worth making a noise about”; Emma Green, The Atlantic, “Martin Scorsese’s Radical Act of Turning Theology Into Art”; Paul Elie, New York Times, “The Passion of Martin Scorsese” REFLECTIONS There are some emotions […]

Tribe | Notes & Reflections

December 27, 2017

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Sebastian Junger. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. HarperCollins, 2016. (167 pages) Introduction I wanted the chance to prove my worth to my community and my peers, but I lived in a time and a place where nothing dangerous ever really happened. Surely this was new in the human experience, I thought. How do you become an […]