Articles on PR for People

Natural Selection: “It Isn’t Just for Breakfast Anymore”

A sea of change is currently underway in our understanding of the evolutionary process, including especially our way of defining the core concept of natural selection.

The individualistic, gene-centered model of natural selection and evolution has constricted and distorted our understanding of the many different sources of causation in the natural world.

It is like looking into a very large room through a very small keyhole.  If we adopt a more inclusive model of natural selection, we will then be able to view the entire room.  

 


“Biosocialism”: A New Social Contract for a Species in Peril

We can no longer indulge the one-sided, polarizing and divisive ideologies of the 20th century. The stakes are too high. Here is a very different alternative. 


Quid Pro Quo?

How do we explain Trump’s puzzling behavior toward the likes of Russia, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia?  Follow the money!


“The Rule of Lies” Why it Matters. What Can We Do?

A lie serves the liar’s interests, often at the expense of others.  It also destroys social trust and undermines our democracy.  How can we redeem our civic discourse after Trump? Looking beyond the immediate political crisis, we should begin even now to think about how to repair the damage.  What can we do?

 


Who’s Afraid of Global Governance?

Who’s Afraid of Global Governance? If it’s done right, it’s neither utopian nor an authoritarian menace.  And it’s needed urgently.  It could be a matter of life and death for us all. 


The State of Play in Artificial Intelligence: A Brief Summary

Here are the highlights from some recent public presentations by several artificial intelligence developers and experts. 


“None Dare Call It Treason” – Yet!

“Treason” is an act of criminal disloyalty to the state, according to the dictionary.  It is especially egregious when you have been formally elected by the citizens to be the head of state and have sworn a public oath to “preserve, protect, and defend” it. 


Toward a Universal Basic Needs Guarantee

Toward a Universal Basic Needs Guarantee... Otherwise “the right to life” is meaningless, and so are all those other human rights! Our basic needs are a prerequisite – the material foundation for our moral principles. 


Plato Meets Artificial Intelligence

Only very recently have some of the leaders in the development of artificial intelligence begun to think about the ethical and political implications, and about Plato’s dilemma – how do we control the controllers?  And who will decide?


Shareholder Capitalism vs. Stakeholder Capitalism

Shareholder Capitalism vs. Stakeholder Capitalism: two radically different models of capitalism are locked in an historic debate over the future course – and the soul – of liberal societies.  We all have a stake in the outcome.