Thomas L. Friedman, author of The World is Flat, has a recent book with the unlikely title of Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. The world is changing quickly, too quickly for many people. Friedman identifies three major change agents — Moore’s law (the increase in
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Think back to the early days of our country. We were a collection of 13 disparate colonies, each with a unique reason for being. We had just won our independence by throwing off an authoritarian king and now we were suspicious of a strong central government. How do you pull a country like that together?
Have you ever read about scientific research and thought, “Well, that’s a waste of time”? The truth is we never know where our ideas will lead. Benjamin Franklin was watching an early flight of a hot-air balloon when another spectator remarked, “But of what good is it?” Franklin replied, “Of what good is a newborn
This is another interesting book I’ve heard about, but haven’t read. So, for what it’s worth… “Susan Burton’s world changed in an instant when her five-year-old son was killed by a van driving down their street. Consumed by grief and without access to professional help, Susan self-medicated, becoming addicted first to cocaine, then crack. As
Some topics just beg to be written about. I found one such topic on New York Magazine’s “The Science of Us” news summary on May 8, 2017. Entitled “How to Predict If a Borrower Will Pay You Back”, it’s actually excerpted from the book EVERYBODY LIES: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can
I love to eat meat. But having been raised on a farm, I’m acutely aware that we are feasting on fellow mammals. If you feel as I do, you probably won’t want to read this. There is a new book entitled Personalities on the Plate: The Lives & Minds of Animals We Eat by Barbara J. King.
Today was the 2017 Dayton [OH] Book Expo at Sinclair Community College. The publishing business has changed lightyears since I entered it in 1990. Today anyone can get published, so this show was a fascinating assortment of (near as I could tell) about 80 local, self-published authors. There were also seminars on such subjects as
History tells a lot of stories that are fascinating, yet illustrate the utter cruelty of our fellow human beings. A new book receiving a lot of attention falls squarely into this category. Its title is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. I haven’t read
No, this is not a joke, as one of my friends surmised. A banker in England realized the best way to fight terrorism is to identify likely terror suspects before they can strike. He began to identify all the characteristics and behaviors of a terrorist from his bank’s database, like they tended to make one
“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” If you’ve ever heard of this saying, forget it. It just isn’t true. Everything depends on marketing and promotion… and luck. I was reminded of this recently when I heard a radio interview with Derek Thompson, a senior editor at Atlantic