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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's
war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars"
defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make
the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an
application of science be successful? Is a militarized space
inevitable, necessary or impossible?
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- 05:04pm Mar 24, 2002 EST (#810
Time for an Arab-PowWow where there's an honest look at where the
Arab people are as against others in the world.
I was suprised looking at the stats posted here this past week,
as to how low in the stakes the Arab populations are wrt health live
births indicators that said out loud - PROBLEMS to be solved.
Rather than the Arab world being Anti-American (negative), they
should be setting themselves growth targets, perhaps looking to
Advanced economies for help and assistance.
The processes, frameworks, and means of developing human
capital (via education and training) should be the focus - how
to improve living standards via developing and growing their
economies - not purchasing bullets of death.
America - the world's richest economy - has the capacity to
'coach' and 'lead' and assist.
- 07:32pm Mar 24, 2002 EST (#811
I agree with your assessment of the needs of the Arab world.
There is one issue that might be difficult to overcome. Some of the
Emirates have the highest per capital income in the world. They
drive Mercedes and have all the health and educational benefits of
the developed world. However, their government is still 8th Century
which means that power is still concentrated in a ruling class which
buys their power with oil revenues. there is no wealth creation
either industrial, (only oil) or human, (except to service the oil
industry). JFK's Peace Corp was an attempt but its successes were
spotty at best. Maybe President Bush's reitieration of this idea
might focus our energies in the right direction.
- 11:05pm Mar 24, 2002 EST (#812
A report by Landmine Action revealed
unexploded ordnance pose as big a threat as landmines in war-torn
- 01:06am Mar 25, 2002 EST (#813
His special patient is no less than science itself. Dr. Kass,
who has taught philosophy and ethics at the University of Chicago
since 1976, has long believed that science could threaten the
human condition, both by undermining human self-esteem and by
generating tools that might be misused, particularly by
genetically reshaping the human mind or body.
The surprise foreign film award winner was Bosnia's "No Man's
Land," writer-director Danis Tanovic's satiric story of a Bosnian
soldier and a Serbian soldier stuck together in a trench. France's
"Amelie," which had five nominations, was expected to win. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/movies/AP-Oscars.html
- 01:30am Mar 25, 2002 EST (#814
Science - ethics
The research program is based on the scholarly interests
of individual faculty members. Work is ongoing and has included gene
therapy, nursing ethics, patient autonomy and physician beneficence,
religious pluralism in medical ethics, informed consent, death and
dying, and nuclear warfare. The disciplines of this research
include philosophy, religion, medicine, law, journalism,
international affairs, and business, as well as health issues
providing faculty expertise in the many fields encompassed in
- 04:46am Mar 25, 2002 EST (#815
Talking again NK/SK http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/25/international/asia/25KORE.html
- 05:16am Mar 25, 2002 EST (#816
Abraham 101 - Jewish religion
Abraham 102 - Christian
Abraham 103 - Muslim religion
So related, so interwoven, sometimes in need of an update.
Begs the question
Why the hostility ?
- 05:33am Mar 25, 2002 EST (#817
In 1926 Bronislav Malinowski observed that
"the true problem is not to study how human life submits
to rules - it simply does not; the real problem is how rules
become adapted to life."
States create rules - in constitutions, statutes, and
People often live by rules, but they also live by norms, by
rules that they make themselves.
Conflict and change is the stuff of history. And that is why
the study of law, broadly conceived is (or ought to be) an
important dimension of the study of social and cultural history.
- 09:47am Mar 25, 2002 EST (#818
Abraham 103 : interesting how Oscars/Best Actor award winners
came from a category most closely associated here. How a conspiracy
was used, together with a game theory (?), to cut down the actor of
'a beautiful mind'. The strategic logic of placing the 11% sector in
the main stream is obvious ... the US has now determined to let the
group which may include disaffected muslims to enter 'The Homeland
Nash : In 1950 Nash received his doctorate from Princeton
with a thesis entitled Non-cooperative Games. In the summer of that
year he worked for the RAND Corporation where his work on game
theory made him a leading expert on the Cold War conflict which
dominated RAND's work. He worked there from time to time over the
next few years as the Corporation tried to apply game theory to
military and diplomatic strategy. http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Nash.html
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