Roger Pielke Jr.: Manichean paranoia has poisoned the climate debate

Summary: Why have there been such meager results from the three decades-long campaign for public policy action in America to fight climate change? Professor Roger Pielke Jr. explains how activists on both sides brought Manichean paranoia to the debate, poisoning it. The results might have historic painful effects. He shows how we can fix the … Continue reading Roger Pielke Jr.: Manichean paranoia has poisoned the climate debate

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Hollywood’s Hero Deficit – both a cause and symptom of our weakness

Superheroes

Summary: This brilliant essay by James Bowman describes two themes often discussed here. First, the lack of heroes in our films and minds. Second, our fear and apathy. He uses movies as a mirror to see how our view of heroes has changed -- making us weaker. "The worst {result} of the plague of superheroes … Continue reading Hollywood’s Hero Deficit – both a cause and symptom of our weakness

Why humanity has not gone to space, and why we will.

Space Dreams

Summary: On 20 July 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle on the moon's Sea of Tranquility and Armstrong took his giant leap for humanity. Now 45 years later we can cooly evaluate the Apollo program. What went wrong? What is the future of humanity in space? "Given time, a desire, considerable innovation, and … Continue reading Why humanity has not gone to space, and why we will.