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The Tragedy of the Knowledge Commons

Date: Friday, September 5, 2014
Summary: Several years ago, my seven-year-old and I were out walking when we met a young man who had recently returned from military service in Afghanistan. In response to my son’s obvious fixation on the titanium rod protruding from his shorts, the man volunteered that he had been injured in a skirmish with Taliban fighters near the Pakistan border. Once out of ear-shot, my son peppered me with questions he would not dare pose to a stranger, and I found myself reconstructing the possible circumstances of the veteran’s injury, the reasons for war, and the probable course of treatment he had received after his wound. After a thoughtful pause, my son remarked: “Well, at least he got to keep his foot.” more…

The Concept: A Well-Informed Electorate

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Summary: This is the first in a series of articles on the evolution of the press in America. The American form of government was considered an “Experiment” by the Founders. No other nation in the history of civilization had determined that it would start at the bottom. By giving the vote to ordinary citizens the Founders deliberately sought to create a “sovereign people” – from the bottom up. Emigrants to America had come from countries where power always emanated from the top – royal families, church officials, landowners. To provide the information the people would need to make their judgments of political candidates and public policies, the Founders – without exception – endorsed a free and independent press. more…

The Poisoned Well of Public Discourse: Anita Sarkeesian, #GamerGate, and the Value of Humanities Education

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Summary: At the University of Massachusetts in 1975, Chinua Achebe delivered a lecture criticizing Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness for perpetuating colonial stereotypes of Africans. more…

Oceans: The World's Dump Site

Date: Monday, July 9, 2012
Summary: An accidentally discarded plastic water bottle or shopping bag may seem like the type of litter typically found along an urban roadside but when these items are found adrift, off the coast of Antarctica, it seems startlingly out-of-place to most people. Since the majority of our planet is covered by oceans, they seem vast, pure and limitless. more…

Wind Energy in Florida

Date: Monday, April 8, 2013
Summary: Clean, renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly more important in the state of Florida. With home electricity consumption rates among the highest in the country, there is a need for renewable energy sources in Florida, but the state only generates 1.1% of renewable power in the United States. more…

Origins of Antifeminism

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Summary: There is a recent trend of women publicly taking their stance on feminism. Influential feminist Lininaz Evans stated she was "not a fan of men" causing a stir about how modern feminists operate. Conversely, on September 20th 2014 Emma Watson gave a speech on gender equality at the UN addressing the misguided beliefs of feminism. Evans' statement in particular caused journalist A. Ages to comment that statements like these have cast a shadow on how the mainstream views feminists. more…