Archive for October, 2009
This is a letter which was submitted to ICANN when the World Health Organization attempted to have a Top Level Domain .health created and they be given control over who can use the domain name. The purpose was to prevent the world from being flooded with inaccurate health information. The letter written by Dr. Lewis D, Eigen was part of what became a successful campaign to deny WHO the control of a Top Level Domain.
The difference between scientists and politicians when they are faced with new knowledge and the prospect of possibley changing their positions.
An article on the difference in the concept of truth between scientists and politicians. They two cultures have almost diametrically opposite norms and concepts of truth. The dilemma of science in a democracy.
New research indicates that some of the neuron cells of the brain may be organized according to the democratic principles of a New England town meeting.
Historical Facts About the Filibuster.
An innovative solution to the problem of almost constant Senate filibustering by the minority. A solution that preserves the right of all senators to say what they wish, but allows the Senate to move forward. it is to handle filibusters like the Senate did in the old days when there was the right to filibuster but that right was exercised rarely compared to today.
In a strange way, Keith Bardwell, the Louisiana Justice of the Peace who refused to perform an interracial marriage started a wondrous chain of events. As heinous as Bardwell’s dereliction of duty was, there is a positive aspect to this story–The reaction of the rest of the country