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Why Language?

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February 2013 Ivan Obolensky   Trying to decipher how and why language developed is difficult because there is little evolutionary and developmental information included in the fossil record with which to build a credible theory. Written records start some 7000 years ago1 while language probably emerged in Africa some 100,000 years ago. This figure is based on language studies concerning …

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Bad Genes?

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January 2013 Ivan Obolensky   One of the questions about genetics is to what extent genes determine human behavior. If the answer is that genes are a major determinant of long-term human accomplishment, then should we look at our beliefs regarding free will and culpability in light of this? Should we also examine eradicating those genes that lead to extreme …

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Wilson’s Dinner

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December 2012 Ivan Obolensky   On Monday, Wilson Simon decided to eat out for dinner. He feasted on a crab salad appetizer, filet of sole with buttered new potatoes and string beans for the main course, followed by fresh blueberries with cream for dessert. Four days later, on Friday, he noticed a red rash on his face and felt decidedly …

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What is Genius?

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November 2012 Ivan Obolensky Today a genius is considered to be a person of outstanding intelligence and ability. Names such as Einstein, Newton, Da Vinci, or Hawking are given as examples. Exactly how intelligent, or how able, is not specified. ‘Genius’ currently has no precise scientific definition. Is one born a genius or does it show up over time? Is …

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The Downside of Language

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October 2012 Ivan Obolensky   Sometimes we see what we want to see. Even science can make this mistake. In the mid-19th century, Gregor Mendel (Abbot of St. Thomas’s Abbey in Brno and the father of modern genetics) working with pea plants, noted that discrete traits were inherited from parent organisms. Offspring of his pea plants had either wrinkled or …

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Language and Classification

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September 2012 Ivan Obolensky According to the 16th edition of Ethnologue: Languages of the World there are 6,909 languages in existence today. The book (which is 1,248 pages in length) is published by SIL (the Summer Institute of Linguistics, Inc.). This linguistic organization is a faith-based non-profit institution headquartered in Dallas, Texas. It has been interested in translating the Christian …

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When it Pays to Lose Money

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August 2012 Ivan Obolensky Stock Markets are made up of the shares of many different companies. Normally prices reflect earnings expectations because markets look towards the future. Money, or cash, has a built-in expectation, too. It has a time value. Suppose one has a choice between receiving $10,000 now, or in one year? Which should one choose? There would be …

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Data Mining: Hidden Relationships

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June 2012 Ivan Obolensky On Tuesday morning, Tom Larking, the store manager of a local supermarket chain received an email from corporate headquarters. It said that on the Wednesday and Friday night’s aisle restocking, a large Bud Lite six-pack display was to be placed at the ends of each of the diaper and baby aisles. Further, the pricing of all …

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Form Follows Function?

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June 2012 Ivan Obolensky Our modern world is fast-paced and information-driven with emphasis on results. The need for more powerful computers, greater bandwidth, and better information is the driver of technological growth and economic progress. The technological world we see around us is the result of thousands of actions to be more efficient and do more. We now have to …

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Threat Assessment

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  Note from the Author April 2018 Dear Reader: I wrote this article in 2012. I thought it was a bit alarming at the time. I was wrong. Facebook and data collection are all over the news, yet the indications that this was the way the world was going was apparent years ago. Today, power is really about connections and …

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