Yearly Archives: 2001

Human Destiny?

It’s hard to give up the idea that humanity is proceeding towards some predetermined goal or condition, but it’s worth the effort. We are what the people who preceded us made of us, and what we do now shapes the future of our descendants. Continue reading

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Afghan Memories

A couple of vignettes from my first trip to Afghanistan, in 1956. That is one seriously rough country! Continue reading

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Sex, Race, and Religion

My book, “Culture Wars and the Global Village,” is based in part on this essay, originally written in 1989, which I have rescued from my files and slightly revised. It doesn’t tell you all you need to know about these subjects, but it’s a good start. Continue reading

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Location

Random thoughts about success, natural selection, and old orchards. Even Republican architects of tax policy should note that success is only partly equatable with virtue. A lot of it, probably most of it, is where you start, and how lucky you were. Continue reading

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On Human Intelligence

The creationists and many of the classical philosophers agree that there is something special about the human mind, that defies scientific analysis and can only be explained on some such basis as intervention by a higher power. I don’t agree, and while I cannot prove my case, I can develop a plausible theory, anchored in facts, that indicates a) we got here on our own; b) it wasn’t inevitable that we happened; on the contrary, human intelligence succeeded in evolving despite long odds against it. Continue reading

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