Monthly Archives: July 2011

“Multiple Improbable Factors” Crashed Air France 447: Is Civilization Next?

On June 1, 2009, while en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, Air France 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean for no apparent reason, killing all 228 passengers and crew. A massive search recovered the “black box” flight recorders … Continue reading

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Do US Bases Increase Our National Security?

In my Stanford seminar on “Nuclear Weapons, Risk and Hope,” I have been emphasizing the role that critical thinking can play in defusing the nuclear threat. While reducing the number of weapons and other concrete changes are needed, the most important first step may be to reexamine the assumptions that form the foundation for our worldview, and root out those that are wrong. A recent article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists applies critical thinking to our network of military bases by asking an important, but little-asked question: “Do US military bases abroad increase or decrease our national security?”Here are some key excerpts from that article: Continue reading

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Inadvertent Erections Could Cause Nuclear War

Les Earnest is well known to digital cognoscenti for his contributions to artificial intelligence, robotics and the Internet, but few know of his warning that inadvertent erections could start a nuclear war:

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Religion and Nuclear Weapons

Someone recently asked me if any religious groups were working to bring change to our nuclear weapons strategy. Given the significant role that religion plays in American policy, I thought my reply might be of more general interest. So here it is. Continue reading

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Why Do the Terrorists Hate Us?

Speaking before a Joint Session of Congress nine days the 9/11 attacks, President Bush asked, “Why do they hate us?” and answered that “They hate our freedoms – our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote … Continue reading

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Russian Censorship

The way Russia is portrayed in the mainstream media, it sometimes feels as if the old Soviet Union has been reincarnated, where any dissent from the party line invited harsh repercussions. While Russia certainly has its faults, a recent editorial … Continue reading

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