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Illusion

A couple of weeks ago a TED Talk came up in my iTunes Player that gave me much pause. Software researcher/developer Doug Roble’s visual lecture, “Digital Humans that Look Just Like Us” presented a revolutionary jump in virtual reality. (Most … Continue reading

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So Much Manipulation

We are awash in a world of data, statistics, and relationships artfully controlled, and altered for insidious reasons by people for those people’s advantage. This is such a common bug in our culture that we rarely pay attention to it … Continue reading

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Pondering Vigilance

In this day and age of selfies, social media, and obsession about celebrity, have we forgotten to be watchful about vanity? There is a popular species of mindfulness in contemporary culture, but we usually do not pay close attention to every … Continue reading

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So Clever

One of the more ambiguous words I like is cleverness. It can be used as a compliment or as a subtle put-down. It can be a tool or a weapon. You might think of a new kitchen gadget that efficiently … Continue reading

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Skillful Speech

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This catchy little chant is one of the first clever idioms we learn as young children. In the world of four-year-old children, it’s a good bit of … Continue reading

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Nachtsender Radio 1212

During international tensions and war, propaganda is a key ingredient for governments on all sides of a conflict. The first effective large scale use of covert broadcasting propaganda occured in Europe, during the Second World War. By the 1930s most people … Continue reading

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Goebbels A Biography (Review)

“Are you reading another book about Nazis? What is it about you and radical right-wingers these days?” Jorge rapid-fired these two questions at me after he glanced at the cover of the latest biography I checked out from the Norfolk … Continue reading

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