Archive for the ‘Progress’ Category

Cynics Are Missing the Bitcoin Boat

Cynics Are Missing the Bitcoin BoatThe first Bitcoin crash happened in 2011. In this dramatic, optimistic surge, the cryptocurrency quickly rose to about $28 — and just as quickly fell to about $3. The gloomy naysayers, defeatists, and misanthropes came out of the woodwork — boldly asserting that cryptocurrencies were finished. And yet, through it all, Bitcoin has been remarkably resilient; for every “collapse,” it has rebounded vigorously — making new highs. Likewise, with each new surge, the pessimists have become ever more angry and critical. This despondent, dogmatic hatred is disappointing, because in reality, the cynics are missing the Bitcoin boat. Read On…

The Dangers of Militant Atheism

The Danger of Militant AtheismI am a loyal fan of Richard Dawkins. As a Darwinian evolutionary biologist, his ideas are foremost among contemporary scholars in the discipline. In his 1976 masterpiece The Selfish Gene, he coined the word meme — which he used to represent the evolutionary spread of ideas and knowledge. Since then, the concept of the meme has gained universal adoption as a construct in human language and thought. Dawkins’ contributions to the growth of knowledge are immeasurable.

Dawkins also describes himself as an atheist, and can often be found debating and discussing in the company of other superb theological critics like Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Dan Dennett, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (a quick YouTube search show how viral Dawkins’s work has become). Yet as much as I admire Dr. Dawkins (and I have for over two decades), I am somewhat put off by his approach to the criticism of toxic religious ideas. To me, he squarely embodies the dangers of militant atheism. Read On…

Bitcoin Can Save Publishing

Bitcoin Can Save PublishingJust as the advent of the personal computer heralded the end of the era of the typewriter, so too did the adoption of a global internet spell doom for print media. Of course, tablets and ebooks did their fair share of damage to paper-based information, as well. But regardless, the paradigm shift is in process: newspapers are closing around the globe, and media companies are struggling to find revenue models that work. With the advent of cryptcurrencies, however, micropayments have become a reality — and it’s starting to become clear that Bitcoin can save publishing. Read On…

The Disease of Dogmatism

The Disease of DogmatismRarely have I struggled the way I do when I am confronted by the disease of dogmatism. It is, I believe, the greatest impediment to the growth of human knowledge — and to the betterment of mankind. It is a conundrum that has become less complicated over the centuries, but the continued slow rate of its exodus from our collective ethos troubles me deeply. Read On…

Why Is the Government Impeding Same-sex Marriage?

government impeding same-sex marriageIn 1967, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Virginia law that had been in place for 43 years, prohibiting people from different races from marrying one another. At stake was the freedom of an interracial couple who had each been sentenced to one year in prison for breaking the Virginia statute — categorized as “mixing of the races,” or miscegenation. Fast forward almost five decades, and we find ourselves battling yet another form of prejudicial ignorance, and forcing ourselves to ask the question: why is the government impeding same-sex marriage? Read On…