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I DON’T THINK SO!

In this era of relativity, quantum mechanics, climate change, genome mapping, neuroscience, cognitive studies, systems analysis and complexity theory etc. etc. any notions about an absolute basis for figuring out the world seem presumptuous. So when my colleague, William Sheridan, sent me this review I was amused, but provoked in a good way by the

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Can you hear me now?

The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death by John Gray. Doubleday Canada; Toronto, Ontario, 2011. (273 pages). Reviewed by Donald R. Officer. As Hamlet observes with mock delicacy, nobody ever returns from the land of the dead. However, that is the rub, as he notes while pondering his own death in

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Rate your wellbeing – much depends on it

Wellbeing:  the five essential elements by Tom Rath & Jim Harter. Gallup Press, New York, 2010. Reviewed by William Sheridan. Let me start by saying that my own wellbeing is VERY high. How do I know this? Many years ago I read both “The Guide to Rational Living in an Irrational World” by Ellis and

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What is authority when everybody has it?

Authority and authorship obviously derive from the same root.  Therefore, since the written word is no longer mainly something impressed on paper and very far indeed from being carved in stone, questions about authoring are in hazard. Nothing furnishes better proof of the tectonic shift in documentation credibility than the growth of Wikipedia. Not only

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Panic – moral and otherwise

Our local newspaper ran an end of year series last week concentrating on the past decade and characterizing its predominant tenor or dominant undercurrent as that of “moral panic”.  We could nitpick, noting that the decade, century and millennium really began at the beginning of 1999 and therefore ended at the start of 2009. Nevertheless,

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