Monthly Archives: April 2003

LET US BE LUDDITES, CONTINUED

Alas, a Blog asked the following question on Tuesday: If you could name one single piece of technology (and I will leave the individuation problem up to you) the elimination of which would most improve life on earth for us … Continue reading

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WHAT’S YOUR ‘KNOWLEDGE BEHAVIOUR’?

Five years ago I had the opportunity to speak to a group of Canadian press representatives about the future of the news media. They listened to me because I buy their newsfeeds and publications databases for our company’s intranet. They … Continue reading

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MORE EXTRAORDINARY WEBSITES (RIGHT-BRAIN EDITION)

Here’s the third instalment of How to Save the World‘s rundown of extraordinary weblogs and websites: Earful of Philosophy: Philosophy Radio is a set of over one hundred audio transcripts on a wide variety of areas of philosophy, including Dawkins … Continue reading

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IS SARS DARWINIAN?

What struck me most while reading Demon in the Freezer was how elegantly tailor-made poxviruses are to individual species. Every species of life on Earth has its own poxvirus (or poxviruses) that rarely if ever affect other species. What’s more … Continue reading

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THE OTHER ALTERNATIVE TO WAR

An anonymous reader of How to Save the World has pointed out a grave omission in my list of ten ways to liberate a country . Often the best alternative, s/he pointed out, is not any of these adversarial options, … Continue reading

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TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, YET

An announcement from John Deere and Hydrogenics of a small tractor that runs on fuel cells which double as a power source for your home, has that “too good to be true” smell to it. Here are some of the … Continue reading

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FACING THE DRAGONS

Our local educational station TVO has been broadcasting a remarkable series of programs called Big Ideas, featuring lectures by speakers like Camille Paglia, George Steiner and Jean Baudrillard. Yesterday’s program featured Jordan Peterson talking about Facing the Dragons. He began … Continue reading

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MEANWHILE ON THE HOME FRONT

Now that Bush is back pushing his reckless “class warfare” tax cut for the rich, Kevin Moore of In Contempt comics reminds us what’s at stake.

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IF WAR ISN’T THE ANSWER, WHAT IS?

Last month I asked the question “Who’s Next After Iraq?” among the 81 countries (shown in purple on the map above) whose people live under undemocratic, mostly oppressive regimes, many with WMD or the potential to produce them, and most … Continue reading

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CORRUPTION IN OLYMPIC SPORTS: THE SCANDAL THAT WON’T GO AWAY

The reports are so overwhelming, the excuses so flimsy, the smell of the entire Olympic governance process so foul, that you have to wonder why someone won’t take charge and clean up the mess before Olympic sport falls into such … Continue reading

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