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Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Will we continue an Enlightenment Civilization… or return to Feudalism? by David Brin

Seventy years of Pax Americana and a rising enlightenment civilization, based on science and fact and at least somewhat-mature argument, were never easy to maintain. Another seventy and we’d likely stabilize into something truly amazing and grownup—perhaps able to solve the Fermi Paradox, by heading out into the galaxy.

SciencePolicy > Safety and Efficacy > GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Solving problems: Energy, Climate and Remaking the Planet by David Brin

Here is another science posting, with lots of amazing news. But nowadays, it is impossible to do this without politics foaming over the rim. And so, to start off—

Technopolitics > Sociology > Philosophy > Futurism > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
More Than Human? And science roundup! by David Brin

== More than we are? ==

Elon Musk is backing a brain-computer interface venture that was founded to allow humans to keep up with the advancements made in machines. The interface is intended to work by augmenting that which makes us human: our brains.  I’ve written extensively, in both science and fiction, about the quandaries of human consciousness and the murky, non-linear paths that might have brought us here. For example.

Rights > Economic > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Tax “reform” or not? by David Brin

In Edinburgh I just posed for pictures next to one statue of Hume and then in front of Adam Smith, the founder of liberal economics.

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
India Rising! And our decline… by David Brin

We’ll go all “good news, bad news” on you, today, contrasting one of the globe’s astonishing bright spots with the decline of the erstwhile Leader of the West/

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Declining Trust in - Rising Fear of - our expert castes by David Brin

Having recently participated in the worldwide March for Science, I can only repeat my assertion that the “War on Science” is about a lot more than nerds and EPA grants.  You cannot name a fact-centered profession—from teaching and medicine, to accounting and economics, to the U.S. military officer corps—that’s not under direct assault

Technopolitics > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Science: steps forward… through a minefield by David Brin

Girding yourself for Saturday’s Science March?  This article - Donald Trump Should Not Appoint a Science Advisor - will steam you, offering much more detail on the White House Science Adviser office—which Donald Trump has refused to fill—first officially established by President Eisenhower. A partial list of responsibilities:

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Those were the days… When was America ‘great’? And who has Steve Bannon reincarnated? by David Brin

Have you heard of “Godwin’s Law?” It asserts that: “If an online discussion (regardless of topic) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will invoke Hitler.” In practice, it is used to shame or chastise those who make any sort of comparison to the fascist hellscape of the mid-20th Century.*  To be sure, an overused, hyperbolic cliché can be tiresome.**

Rights > CognitiveLiberty > FreeThought > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Dark Times in American Politics by David Brin

Oy!  Now the news suggests he is being eased out, to make way for Jared.  I had better talk about Steve Bannon while I can. Unless… he’s still the Dark Lord and I had better say it, while there’s still free speech… and electricity.

Technopolitics > Sociology > Philosophy > Technoprogressivism > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
In defense of enlightenment: “science adviser” David Gelernter and the rise of anti-science intellectualism by David Brin

Consternation rippled across the American scientific community, upon learning that Yale Professor David Gelernter interviewed with (then) president-elect Trump, for the job of White House Science Adviser. Gelernter became a doyen of the remnant conservative intelligencia, for denouncing liberal influence on college campuses. His 2013 book, America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered in the Obamacrats) blames “belligerent leftists” for purported disintegration of patriotism and traditional family values.