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Simmering outrage evaporates in face of mankind’s biggest threat

OVER the last couple of decades, largely because of changes in technologies of communication, the political sphere has become larger and more intrusive than ever before. Digital media have made it almost ...

August 19, 2016, Friday


Green practices don’t absolve our responsibility for sustainable future

In a society nurtured on market-based doctrines, it is imperative to justify new concepts in terms of economics....

July 22, 2016, Friday


‘Inefficiency Assassin’: Helping harried workers reclaim free-time

AS modern urban workers, most of us need to work in a large commercial organization to earn our bread. But we also pay dearly for our subsistence, judging by the hours and energy we put into our work ...

July 8, 2016, Friday


Book makes case for greater investment in worker wellbeing

THE Bible states that “the ravens neither sow nor reap, neither have storehouse nor barn, yet God feeds them” (Luke 12:24). Most of us humans, however, are not so privileged, in that most of us have to ...

June 24, 2016, Friday


A reader’s guide to US turmoil

Future historians pondering the decline of the American Republic will be greatly aided by these four books, each of which focuses on a different aspect of the widespread civic erosion and political dysfunction...

June 17, 2016, Friday


‘Trash talks’ highlights dirty truth about waste and consumption

IN her book “Trash Talks: Revelations in the Rubbish,” philosophy professor Elizabeth V. Spelman confronts something we normally try to avoid: garbage. Most people don’t give trash much thought after ...

May 27, 2016, Friday


World’s debt to finance laid out in ‘Money Changes Everything’

FINANCE, especially when stripped to its bare essentials of borrowing and lending, had long been viewed with suspicion in China. As traditional Chinese society placed a high premium on production (agriculture) ...

May 13, 2016, Friday


Old treatise on aging filled with timeless wisdom for all people

IN much of China today, the question “how old are you?” is still an acceptable way to start a conversation. Chinese idealize the elderly as enlightened bearers of wisdom, worthy of greater veneration. ...

April 29, 2016, Friday


Book shows how little we still know about machine learning

LAST month, when the self-learning algorithm AlphaGo triumphed over South Korean Go master Lee Se-Dol, it made sensational news. Some even saw the victory as a step toward humanity’s eventual enslavement ...

April 8, 2016, Friday


Science returns Neanderthals to rightful place in human lineage

JUST published last year, this is a highly informative summary of the state of current knowledge about the Neanderthals by two married scientists who, although soundly grounding their material in the ...

April 1, 2016, Friday


 

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