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Archive for June, 2008

I’ve always been ambivalent about environmentalism. On the one hand, my gut instinct is usually to conserve and preserve as a default policy. On the other hand, a lot of environmentalists seem to adopt an absolutist posture. Any harm to the environment is bad. No tradeoffs. No cost-benefit analysis. No looking at the big picture. I’ve become more concerned with this tension as the need for practical environmental policy has become more imminent. I think I’ve managed to tease out some of the underlying causes of this tension and I believe it boils down to what Rafe and I have started calling the Ascetic Meme. (more…)

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Top 10 TED Talks

There’s a great highlights reel here with links to the top 10 most popular so far.

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TED Talk: Larry Lessig

How Creativity is Being Strangled by the Law

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TED Talk: V.S. Ramachandran

A Journey to the Center of Your Mind

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TED Talk: Bill Clinton

World-class Health Care for Rwanda

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TED Talk: Robert Fischell

Medical Inventing

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