Blogs

  • Science - Necessary, But Not Sufficient

    Posted April 14, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Today, many of us will be at the March for Science.  It seems strange to need to encourage people to accept the benefits (or even findings) of science, but it is important.  No civilization can survive, let alo Read More...

  • #IWouldLiveHere - Voting Day

    Posted March 13, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Before I head off to work, I think I’ll submit my votes this morning.  I sit down in front of my terminal (most everything is done online) and insert my identification key into the USB port.  The GPS in t Read More...

  • #IWouldLiveHere - A New Thread

    Posted March 13, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    It is easy to talk about philosophical ideals or technological plans.  But the future is not about robots, cryptocurrency and virtual reality gaming.  We have to LIVE there. Sometimes, the best way to think abo Read More...

  • Healthcare Is NOT A Right!

    Posted March 12, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Healthcare Is NOT A Right!   Before you agree or disagree too strongly with that statement, please consider why that is an important position.  This is not to say that providing healthcare to everyone, regard Read More...

  • Who Am I To Say?

    Posted March 11, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    This quaint saying used to be pretty common.  It meant that you lacked either knowledge or moral standing to make a judgement.  That sentiment is fairly rare these days, as everyone feels free to comment or arg Read More...

  • Fighting Fire with Fire

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    It is past time to work on solutions to the problems that we face as a society.  The issues spring easily to mind, but how to address them seems to be elusive. We have tried voting and protesting, but those approach Read More...

  • Are We Depressed Yet?

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Intentional Civilization is supposed to be about solutions, not problems.  We are never going to build the future that we want if we don’t get to work on approaches that lead us in the right direction.  S Read More...

  • Attention Span

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    “Chris, you have the attention span of a paramecium…  maybe even a singlemecium!”   This single put-down has stayed with me for four decades.  The poor employee to whom it was directe Read More...

  • Corporate Dystopia

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Most believable dystopian futures don’t involve an overbearing government alone.  Instead, they present a government that uses its unique powers at the bidding of its corporate masters.  It is popular in Read More...

  • Making The Future Happen - Part 3: Power to the People

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Making the Future Happen Part 3 -  Power to the People   Government theoretically exists to serve its citizens.  Corporations rely on sales to their customer base. It seems like the people have a great Read More...

  • Making The Future Happen - Part 2: Technology/Corporate Power

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Making the Future Happen Part 2 -  Technology & Corporate Power   We are living in amazing times. High powered electronics, ready information accessibility, gene manipulation and artificial intelligence prov Read More...

  • Making The Future Happen - Part 1: Working through Government

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Making the Future Happen Part 1 -  Working Through Government   In the United States (and in much of the western world), most change is effected by government policy or corporate and technological shifts. &n Read More...

  • Clean Slate

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    How many of us have wished that we could just start over, knowing what we know today and do a better job of our lives? That is a reboot unavailable to most outside of Witness Protection.   It would also be nic Read More...

  • Isolation

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Much has been said recently about the isolating effect of the Internet and social media. To the extent that it discourages face to face interaction, there is something to be said for that complaint.   A much earli Read More...

  • Attention Deficit

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Most of us are aware of the epidemic of attention deficit disorder (ADD) diagnoses that are being applied to children in the U.S.   Regardless of the disorder, we all seem to be suffering from attention deficit. T Read More...

  • Full Employment

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Two city workers showed up on my street this morning. One would dig a hole and the other would follow behind him and fill the hole in.   After a while, I had to ask: "Why do you dig a hole, only to have your partn Read More...

  • Litmus Test

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Litmus paper changes color depending on whether a solution is acidic or alkaline. A litmus test involves using litmus paper, unless you are talking about politics. These days, anyone that follows politics realizes that a Read More...

  • The Devil You Know - Resistance to Change

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Recently, there have been a number of proposals to implement networked self-driving cars to provide for public transportation and to make traffic faster and safer. While there are certainly issues to be worked out, there Read More...

  • Privacy Is Not The Same As Anonymity

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Privacy is a major issue for people across the globe. Europe has substantially stronger protections for personal data online, but Americans are also concerned about their information being collected and misused.   Read More...

  • Healthcare Starts Early

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    There have been many suggestions for how the United States can improve healthcare. Reduced drug costs, Medicare for All, better education, earlier screening and continuity of care are often cited. But those efforts wil Read More...

  • Tradeoffs

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

    590 Views

    #TradeoffsAccording to numerous studies, up to 80% of $20 bills in the United States are contaminated with cocaine. This is not indicative of a health crisis from handling money, nor does it mean that 80% of bills are us Read More...

  • Lamborghini Healthcare

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

    317 Views

    You Are Free to Own a Lamborghini!   What a relief! I’ll just run right down and pick mine up! Wait… I have to pay for it? They are HOW much? Never mind…   Actually, we&rsq Read More...

  • Technology Failure

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Amtrak Train Crash in South Carolina   This crash was totally preventable. If the trains had been fitted with Positive Train Control (PTC), the system would have identified the track conflict and brought the Amtra Read More...

  • Education and Progress

    Posted March 10, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    In order to get to an Intentional Civilization, we need to start thinking and planning, instead of just reacting. Education will be a major part of that. In a constantly changing world, it is important to know how to thi Read More...

  • Women's Place in the Future

    Posted January 21, 2018 by Tony Lewis

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    Women’s Place in the Future   Around the world this weekend, women (and men who support them) are raising their voices to protest the current state of society’s view of women, to raise awareness of s Read More...

  • Cooperate, Convince, Compromise, Confront, Coerce or Coexist?

    Posted August 13, 2017 by Tony Lewis

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    There are many ways to interact with those around us.  Today’s politics (notably in the United States, but with solid examples elsewhere) is a shining example of what happens when those interactions go badly Read More...

  • Polarization and Consent of the Governed

    Posted June 14, 2017 by Tony Lewis

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      If you live in the United States, no matter who you are voted for in the 2016 Presidential elections, chances are pretty good that you wanted to see change in the way that the government operates.  Two pri Read More...

  • Limits to Freedom

    Posted June 7, 2017 by Tony Lewis

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    According to the old saying, “...your right to swing your arm leaves off where my right not to have my nose struck begins.”  Ironically, the first use of that quote seems to be from a speech made in 18 Read More...

  • Are There Minimum Standards for Civilization?

    Posted April 24, 2017 by Tony Lewis

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      While there are certainly attributes that we might associate with civilized behavior, are there a minimum set of requirements that are needed to classify a society as civilized?   There are a number of & Read More...

  • The Proper Role of Government

    Posted April 24, 2017 by Tony Lewis

    432 Views

      Government.  The word has garnered a sinister mantle lately.  It is “Big Brother”, with no regard for its citizens and a pathological need for power.  It is a giant bureaucracy which Read More...