Invertebrate Cuba

Invertebrate Spain (as in without backbone), and The Revolt of the Masses are two of José Ortega y Gasset’s best known works. Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955), a Spanish philosopher and essayist, wrote during the first half of the 20th century…
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Are You Dematerializing?

Are you dematerializing? I ask, not because I think you are overly concerned with material possessions and should become more ascetic. Nor am I trying to find out if you are dematerializing to be tele-transported back to the Starship…
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A Tale of Three Revolutions

In Cuban education, the French Revolution was emphasized and the American Revolution was not studied as a revolution at all. It was mostly considered a war for independence of little worldwide sociopolitical intellectual consequence. The…
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Is Life Getting Better?

And, in the case of my title “Is Life Getting Better?” a negative answer would certainly be wrong. Life is definitely getting better. That is a central theme in Steven Pinker’s book “Enlightenment Now,” particularly with regard to his…
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Why No one Washes a Rental Car

“In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car.” That saying, attributed to the economist Lawrence Summers, former President of Harvard, is a delightful metaphor for the relevancy of a culture of private property…
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