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Thursday, July 27, 2017

OPINION

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Gene Control

In the January 2, 2017 issue of the New Yorker, Michael Specter authored a piece on the genetic editing project spearheaded by Kevin Esvelt, assistant professor of biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Esvelt, a young scientist, has invented technology that would enable a degree of gene modification that could fundamentally alter the Read more…

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For the People, by the People?

Article as it appeared in Inc Magazine /January 27, 2017 Greetings from 2017. This is the year of self-driving cars and drones that deliver packages to your door. Someday, perhaps in the not-so-distant future, a machine will be able to do anything you think of, from creating patents and copyrights, to even being able to Read more…

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From Caution to Creation

Yale University’s mission statement begins this way: “Yale aims to carry out each part of its mission at the highest level of excellence, on par with the best institutions in the world.” Mission statements of other universities reflect the same level of commitment to truth, discovery and possibility. Whatever the cost, the goal is to Read more…

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Cold Hearts or Broken Brains?

In one scene played by Sigourney Weaver in the horror classic Aliens, director James Cameron sets up a dialogue between the heroine and a little girl discussing monsters.  The little girl states that her mother had told her long ago that there were no such things as monsters.  “But there are” she continued.  “Why do Read more…

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Influence of Culture on Brain-Based Conditions

If we didn’t have culture, we would be either dead or very seriously socially free. Humans are designed to live as cultural animals.  Our brains are adapted to learning: whether it involves reacting to stimuli, evaluating options or paving the way to new ones.  Our minds are formed by the culture we live in, and Read more…