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15
Jul
Can we imagine?

Can we imagine?

Some technical developments dwarf our capacity to imagine their potential impact — until it may be too late. Such may have applied to the atomic bomb 70 years ago. And it may pertain to internet search and surveillance today.

Probably no major construction project or invention has ever been carried out with greater secrecy than the atomic bomb. With one exception. 

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02
Jul
An architectural gem in the heart of Halifax

An architectural gem in the heart of Halifax

The first two decades of the 19th century were arguably the apogee for architecture in Halifax. Signature Regency era structures that are still with us include Government House, Province House, the Saint George’s round church, the Old Town Clock, Binney House, and Admiralty House on the Stadacona base, now the Maritime Command Museum.

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17
Jun
The science of brain politics

The science of brain politics

Studies of the human brain are becoming one of the most exciting frontiers for scientific study and research. Both Steven Harper and Barack Obama have acknowledged the importance and potential of brain research.

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03
Jun
Six degrees of Elizabeth May

Six degrees of Elizabeth May

John Guare’s play Six Degrees of Separation and the film based on it popularized the theory that no two people on the planet are separated by more than six sets of acquaintances. It’s a serious theory, not just pop sociology.

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21
May
Keynes, my father, and myself

Keynes, my father, and myself

Sometimes life events and larger trends come together in a kind of synchronicity.  Such was the case when I finished reading the third and final volume of Robert Skidelsky’s magisterial life of John Maynard Keynes on the day of my father’s funeral in 2001.

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