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Sam Harris, Patreon, and the Meaning of Words

I’m not meaning to get all holier than thou in this post. I just wanted to collect the relevant information in one place for the record. I was an early supporter of Harris both as a reader and later of the podcast. I loved that I could back two of my primary causes at the […]

Marshall McLuhan & Buckminster Fuller’s First Meeting on an Intellectual Cruise Around the Greek Islands | McLuhan Galaxy

Buckminster Fuller and Marshall McLuhan met for the first time after boarding the New Hellas in Athens for an eight-day boat trip around the Greek Islands. The two gurus of the electronic age had been invited on the trip, along with thirty-two other leading intellectuals from fourteen countries, by Constantinos Doxiadis, a Greek architect and urban planner. The idea was to […]

My Lyric to Billy Strayhorn’s ‘Upper Manhattan Medical Group’ U.M.M.G.

Sky through window Flowers at bedside Nurse sing song reminds me of Better days than… Doctor’s orders Feed intravenous Friends come, soft sad looks on their Loving faces Hey, I may have left a song or two At least I took the chance of loving you Turn the lights out It’s time to go So […]

Why Preschool Can Save The World

This is such a powerful piece of reporting. It actually answers the question: ‘What should we do?’ Planet Money On today’s show, we meet a self-described robber baron who decided to spend his billions on finger paint and changing tables. We revisit decades-long studies that found preschool made a huge difference in the lives […]

Danny Kahneman Revisited: Thinking Fast And Slow

I’m a long time fan of Danny Kahneman. I collected as many links to Danny’s audio and video talks as I could find back in May of 2008. It remains a good collection and I recommend you check it out. In the meantime however, Danny released his book, Thinking Fast and Slow, and I’ve been […]

In Lieu of Christmas Presents 2011

So disheartening about the Greg Mortenson fiasco. Who knows where the lines in the sand are or what led Greg to cross them, but however you look at it, the fact is he lied! This year our donations went again to… One World Health partners with government to manufacture drugs whose patents have expired but […]

An Ear for an Eye

Marcel Duchamp. Double exposure. Photographer unknown.

Marshall McLuhan Centenary in Full Swing!

2011 marks the centenary of Canadian icon Marshall McLuhan’s birth and it’s being celebrated around the world. Especially I’d like to share two go-to sites for all things McLuhan this year. Dr. Alex Kuskis’s McLuhan Galaxy and Marshall McLuhan Speaks with a great collection of video clips.

Mike Daisey!

[Update 2012/01/14 Mike Daisey on This American Life!] What a treat… stumbling upon a blazing, fully-formed force for consciousness. With 16 shows behind him already I’m obviously coming to the party a little late but what a find. Probably not since Bill Hicks have I found someone who so brilliantly blends humor, insight, and activism. […]

Why Did The FBI Stash Taliban 9-11 Phone Records?

Update Oct. 21, 2012: The Kiriakou Conundrum: To Plea Or Not To Plea Eric Holder, attorney general under President Barack Obama, has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks under the World War I-era Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined, including law-and-order Republicans John Mitchell, Edwin Meese and John Ashcroft Update Oct. 1, 2012: […]

How much coal is required to run a 100-watt light bulb 24 hours a day for a year?

photo credit: brewbooks How many of us have a clue about how much a kilowatt is. Check out Marshall Brain’s article, “How much coal is required to run a 100-watt light bulb 24 hours a day for a year?” You can also get the podcast from iTunes.

Suddenly… Human Trafficking

Update: 10/01/12 A powerful collection of modern day slavery photographs published in the Atlantic this week.  Photographed by Lisa Kristine. It turns out Lisa also has a Ted talk. Some things are so horrible you can hardly bring yourself to learn more about them. At the very least, we can make a donation. Free The […]

In Lieu of Presents – Christmas Charity Gift Giving

[Update] Just finished Stones into Schools. I couldn’t put it down once I got started. Fascinating, heart-wrenching and insightful. Afghanistan and Pakistan are complicated places! At least I have a clue now. When I think of what a dollar buys in terms of education over there it sickens me to think a single missile costing […]

A Picture Worth A Trillion Dollars

After a while the numbers just don’t make any sense. Enter information visualization. Check out this BBC article on the efficacy of presenting hard-to-comprehend information visually. Picture links to larger image at