Northern Dragon

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The Age of Reason

“So yes, we are not experiencing the best times, but there is reason to hope that we will see a better day.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice, political figure We live in the age of reason. The gods have fallen and turned to dust and science has taken their place. We no longer worship at alters lit by candles and the uncertain flames of burning offerings, and we […]

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Faux News

The problem with captive media is that when a news channel like, for instance, Fox News is owned lock, stock, and barrel by a major corporation, it will find it immensely difficult to be neutral and objective in its reporting. There will be a strong pressure – directly or indirectly – to report in a way which is aligned with the fundamental interests of their corporate owners. There is, indeed, […]

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The Price of Democracy

Democracy was invented by the Greeks. But their philosophers had very grave doubts about it and generally did not believe that it could be brought to work. Socrates explained it like this: Imagine an election between two candidates: a doctor and a sweet shop owner. The sweet shop owner would say of his rival:“Look, this person here has worked many evils on you. He hurts you, gives you bitter potions […]

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The Shape of Reality

“Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi We live – and therefore we think. In many ways, the human mind is the crowning achievement of Earthly evolution. It’s still open for debate, of course, whether it will also be the very last achievement of evolution… ever; we’ll see about that. But there is no other, evolutionary feat in the world […]

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