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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 […]

TED | Angélica Dass: The beauty of human skin in every color

December 3, 2017

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It has been 128 years since the last country in the world abolished slavery and 53 years since Martin Luther King pronounced his “I Have A Dream” speech. But we still live in a world where the color of our skin not only gives a first impression, but a lasting one that remains. 00:42 I was born in a family full […]

TED | Gus Casely-Hayford: The powerful stories that shaped Africa

October 27, 2017

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Now, Hegel — he very famously said that Africa was a place without history, without past, without narrative. Yet, I’d argue that no other continent has nurtured, has fought for, has celebrated its history more concertedly. The struggle to keep African narrative alive has been one of the most consistent and hard-fought endeavors of African peoples, and it continues to be so. The struggles […]