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Amor Mundi Newsletter – 9/1/13

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither…Read more Amor Mundi Newsletter – 9/1/13 Posted on 3 September 2013 | 2:14 pm

Are We One of Them?

In an essay in the Wall Street Journal, Frans de Waal—C. H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior at Emory University—offers a fascinating review of recent scientific studies that upend long-held expectations about the intelligence of animals. De Waal rehearses a catalogue of fantastic studies in which animals do things that scientists have long thought they…Read more Are We One of Them? Posted on 29 March 2013 | 12:55 pm

The Rise of the Golden Dawn

Golden Dawn, the far-Right fascist party in Greece continues to grow in popularity and violence, according to the Wall Street Journal. Last week the Journal reports: In a rundown, immigrant-filled neighborhood here, Ilias Panagiotaros, a member of Parliament from Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party, used a megaphone Friday night to exhort an angry crowd to…Read more The Rise of the Golden Dawn Posted on 22 October 2012 | 10:04 am

The Humanity of Robots

The Wall Street Journal ran an interview this week with Luke Muehlhauser, the Executive Director of the Singularity Institute. The Journal asked: Will Artificial Intelligence Make us Obsolete? Muehlhauser’s answer was, well yes. In his words: Cognitive science has discovered that everything the human mind does is done by information processing and machines can do…Read more The Humanity of Robots Posted on 18 October 2012 | 1:09 pm

The Pension Crisis Blame Game

Two articles in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times this weekend show the grave threats to two great institutions, both of which I care deeply about. The Times has a story on the threatened cuts looming over the University of California and the State University of California system. Class sizes have increased,…Read more The Pension Crisis Blame Game Posted on 4 June 2012 | 11:19 am