Humes describes the efforts of the Dover Pennsylvania school board to introduce Intelligent Design into the high school science curriculum in 2004. HeHumes describes the efforts of the Dover Pennsylvania school board to introduce Intelligent Design into the high school science curriculum in 2004. He covers the background of those efforts, the negotiations and intrigue involved in them, the parties involved in the federal constitutional lawsuit, the progress of the trial, the court’s decision, the national attention focused on these events, and the significance of the outcome of the trial.
Humes’ viewpoint is clearly on the side of science, but he tells the story with great respect for the religious issues involved, and remarkable sympathy for the predicament of the school board members and their supporters. I found the book so engrossing that it was hard to put down.
340 In the end, [Judge:] Jones’s opinion in Kitzmiller v. Dover was both a rousing achievement and a failure. It succeeds brilliantly in the arenas of science and law. Yet as a vehicle for turning the case into a national “teachable moment,” it seems to have had the opposite effect. 341 Jones’s opinion has had the unintended effect of reinforcing an already pervasive belief that the scientific community and the judiciary are “against” God and faith. ...more
Sharansky, a Soviet political prisoner become Israeli government minister, tells how the desire of the Soviet peoples for freedom led to the downfallSharansky, a Soviet political prisoner become Israeli government minister, tells how the desire of the Soviet peoples for freedom led to the downfall of the Soviet Union. He argues that everyone wants freedom, and that given an adequate opportunity, the people of any nation will choose democracy over tyranny. He states his belief that democratic governments are much better world citizens than dictatorships, and much less likely to wage wars. He applies this theory to the Arab/Israeli conflict, urging the West to pressure the Palestinian Authority and the repressive governments of Arab states to build democratic institutions. 10 In the Soviet Union, “truth” and “falsehood” were, like everything else, the property of the State. 40 A society is free if people have a right to express their views without fear of arrest, imprisonment, or physical harm. 74 Elections are never the beginning of the democratic process. Only when the basic institutions that protect a free society are firmly in place—such as a free press, the rule of law, independent courts, political parties—can free elections be held. 82 Propaganda, state control of the media, personality cults, and so on will only go so far toward maintaining the convictions of true believers and trying to recruit new ones. Accordingly fear regimes look to other methods to stay in power. One of the oldest and most effective is the creation of external enemies, which are used to slow down the natural process of alienation within fear societies. ...more
This book has two sections. The first discusses the developments that have “flattened” the world by empowering small businesses and third-world countrThis book has two sections. The first discusses the developments that have “flattened” the world by empowering small businesses and third-world countries to compete with world-leading organizations. The remainder of the book recommends ways for countries and companies to deal with increasingly rapid globalization.
68 The value of compatibility with communication standards was greater than that of having a private network. 90 Everyone has access to powerful business tools. You have to develop a unique way to apply information technologies to your core value proposition, whatever it is. 96 “Open-source is nothing more than peer-reviewed science.” - Marc Andreessen, inventor of the Mosaic browser. 116-117 Andrew Rasiej suggested empowering every citizen to take an active role in government by, for example, posting pictures of potholes or suspected crimes. 255 Yahoo's service agreement provides that a member's account and its contents terminate at death. 284 We will continue to need good explainers—people who can see the complexity, but explain it with simplicity. 286 There will continue to be demand for good leveragers—people who can apply technology to make people more productive. 290 Today's workers need to prepare for careers the way an athlete would prepare for the Olympics, but without knowing what sport they'll compete in. They need generally applicable skills, and they need to be able to adapt to whatever career opportunities they find. 296 There will be career opportunities for people who can use software modeling to provide information for decision-making. 303 A good way to learn how to learn is to take whatever courses are taught by the best teachers, because they will inspire you to learn. 346 Disparities in funding between wealthy and poor school districts impair school systems' ability to be an agent of social mobility. 359 “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” - Paul Romer, Stanford economist 401 In order to take advantage of the flattened world, countries need to develop adequate infrastructure, education, and governance, so people will have the tools and legal framework to innovate and collaborate at the highest levels. 411 Two aspects of culture strongly affect its ability to participate in globalization: the openness of the culture to foreign ideas, and its level of interest in economic development. 422 “Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.” - Will Rogers 436 The way that big companies act small is not by targeting each individual consumer and trying to serve that customer individually. They do it by making their business into a buffet and allowing individual customers to serve themselves in their own way. 481 To beat back the threat of openness, the Muslim extremists have, quite deliberately, chosen to attack the very thing that keeps open societies open, innovating, and flattening, and that is trust. [Militants attack faith.:] 488 Terrorism is not spawned by the poverty of money. It is spawned by the poverty of dignity. It is when people or nations are humiliated that they really lash out and engage in extreme violence. 517 Dell laptop components come from suppliers in many different countries. 545 In a flat world, individuals do not need to control a country to threaten large numbers of other people. 550 Those of us who are fortunate to live in free and progressive societies have to set and example. We have to be the best global citizens we can be. 552 One of the most dangerous things that has happened to America since 9/11 is that we have gone from exporting hope to exporting fear. 553 Our values are the real foundation for our security and the real source of our strength. 560 A Muslim woman strongly criticized the imam of New Delhi's biggest mosque on live national TV. She could do that because she lived in a context that empowered and protected her to speak her mind—even to a leading cleric. 561 Give people freedom, and they usually don't want to blow up the world. They usually want to be part of it. 562 People living in democracies tend to spend their time focusing on what to do next, not on whom to blame next. ...more