Posting History for David Brin
|A trick for individual citizens to bypass gerrymandering
Here is my personal posting of the article that Salon Magazine recently featured , on how U.S. citizens might, one at a time and each of us, strike a blow against the worst political criminals ...
|How Democrats and Republicans Wage War
For a version of this that has all the links and illustrations, visit http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-democrats-and-republicans-wage-war.html Last year finally saw the end of America's ...
|Eight causes of the deficit "fiscal cliff." Which party is most responsible?
To many U.S. voters, one issue towers foremost -- the Fiscal Cliff of rising public debt. We appear to have come a long way since Vice President Dick Cheney famously said "deficits don't matter." ...
|The "Tytler" Insult -- Is Democracy Hopeless?
Well... it's back. One of the best examples of a mass-hypnotic pseudo-wisdom that helps to lobotomize politics in American life. "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist ...
|A victory in our right to look back… plus online “Brin Events”
== First a quick update about coming online events == * A limited number of folks can join me in a "book tour" video-conference on Shindig (beta) on June 14 at 3 pm PDT... sign up in advance at ...
|Are You Ready For Existence?
Here's a pair of links you'll love, and that you'll want to pass along. First, a 40 second teaser for my new novel EXISTENCE ! Then go for the real treat - a full, three minute preview trailer of ...
|Republican Salvation? RAISE THE GIPPER! ... (and more)
* NEWS FLASH - see my totally refurbished web site (http://www.davidbrin.com) and especially the cool page on EXISTENCE!* * Get your blue civil war Union "kepi" hat... the symbol for this summer ...
|Take the Wager Challenge -- and push back Culture War
The brilliance of Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, Prince Waleed and their clade never ceases to impress me. Twenty years ago, they were subsidizing Rush Limbaugh and the neoconservatives to spread what'
| Unscientific America — Denying Science at Our Peril
Increasingly, scientific consensus is failing to influence public policy. Facts, statistics and data appear insufficient to change highly politicized minds... and science has started scrutinizing why.
|Santorum Part III: The ironic winners, if he prevails
Okay, we’ve had a brief survey of our generation’s would-be Nehemiah Scudder. Just last week’s short list of recent “Santor-isms” was enough to give any modern or compassionate or sane ...
|Santorum Part II: More Choice Samplings of Culture War
Well, he survived the debate and we're all breathlessly awaiting the results from Michigan and Arizona, to see if this marvelous theater will go on. My own fascination with Rick Santorum is partly ...
|Rick is on a Roll! The Stunning Sincerity of Rick "Nehemiah" Santorum
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is truly on a roll. Feeling his oats, he has been laying down a hardcore line. And if this one week is any sample, we are in for one heckuva ride. ...
|Must the Rich be Lured into Investing? Who are the Real "Job Creators?"
Why should Mitt Romney and the fabled "one-percent" pay only a 15% marginal tax on investment income ... half the rate charged to a dentist or auto mechanic on wages earned from work? This was not ...
| Move over, Frank Miller: or why the Occupy Wall Street kids are better than #$%! Spartans
A few days ago, the famous comic book writer and illustrator Frank Miller issued a howl of hatred toward the young people in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Well, all right, that's a bowdlerization.
|Politcal Idea Bomb #1: Rejigger the Immigration Debate
What can any sensible American citizen do about the present political climate? (Wait... not "climate." Let's use a less divisively fraught word. "Environment?" Aw hell.) Rebuilding an ...
|"Arguing With Your Crazy Uncle About Climate Change"
Forget "left-versus-right." Or even arguments over taxes. The centerpiece of our current Phase Three of the American Civil War is the all-out campaign to discredit science.
|"Class War" and the Lessons of History
One aspect our re-ignited American Civil War is getting a lot of air-play. It is so-called “class war.” That's the tag-line ordered up by Roger Ailes. The notion: that any talk of returning to ...
|The Transparency Amendment: The Under-Appreciated Sixth
Transparency and a growing web of surveillance are again in the news, starting with an interview I just gave ZDNet in Britain, discussing the recent use of streetcams to identify rioters and moving ...
|Mudoch, Pseudonyms, Algorithms and Problems of Human Control
A couple of interesting items from the near future, this time. But first... Does the ...
|Calling Bluff on the Debt Ceiling "Carpocalypse"
Here in Southern California we just survived the "carpocalypse" - when fevered pundits proclaimed that one stretch of closed LA freeway might wreak gridlock all the way to the Mexican border. It ...
|Milestones leading up to the Good Singularity?
I have long held that our present American Civil War (no less than that) is a three-sided affair. There is a ...
|The Future - transparency, sci fi, science and the immorality of "rapture"
H+ Magazine put me through a great big interview on transparency, accountability, surveillance and ...
In honor of the coming (or not-coming) Rapture event... may I reprint an article of mine from the last century? It seems even more relevant today. Alas.
|The "No-Losers" Tax Simplification Proposal
Let's take a pause for a flight of fantasy, and imagine that we still had an America where political negotiation was possible, and people might listen to a "positive sum" proposal... one in which (
|Paranoia has many roots and levels
As one who nurses a few conspiracy theories of his own -- but only ones that fit the Seven Secret Rules of Plausibility ;-) -- I actually find most of the run-of-the-mill-kneejerk stories, concocted ...
|Science, Predictions and Possibilities
Every tenth posting or so, I take care of a pile of small/cool items. Here's one you are sure to like: Scientific American interviews me in their Too Hard For Science? series.
|Why Obstinate Humans Find It Hard To Believe Science
Not even those of us who are scientifically trained actually do objective science consistently well. Like all other humans, we are predisposed, with biased, emotionally prejudiced human minds,
|A Darwinian explanation for the Fermi paradox?
In an April 4 paper in arXiv , Adrian Kent of the University of Cambridge and Perimeter Institute suggested two alternate reasons why we haven’t heard ...
|Our Worst Frailty - An Electro Magnetic "Hit"
The Electric Infrastructure Security (EIS) Council agitates for better infrastructure protection against electromagnetic threats.
|The Difference Between Science Fiction and Fantasy?
Why are SF and Fantasy so often grouped together? Obviously, because they share readership and so are well placed together in book stores. And... heck... some of us write both! Still, there are very ...
|An Open Letter to The Ivory Coast's New President Alassane Ouattara
To Ivory Coast President-elect Alassane Ouattara -- on the eve of victory in your nation's recent civil war. Dear President-Elect Ouatarra, I offer that salutation in light of statements by the ...
| Predicting the Future... a Touchy Business
We authors of “speculative” fiction like to say we don’t predict the future. We peer ahead and find possibilities... plausibilities... to then write up as conjectures. As exercises to ...
| INTERNET AS A HUMAN RIGHT?
President Obama has declared that access to the world of information, via the Internet, should be considered a basic human right. This is, of course, something you’d expect me to agree with. In ...
|Interesting Times: Lessons to Learn From a Flood of Changes
Remember the curse: may you live in interesting times? Oy! What a couple of weeks! This was what any given week of 1968 felt like... only 1968 was like this all year long without any ...
|The Japan Tragedy, nukes, maturity, uplift and more...
There are so many levels I want to write about, in responding to the horrible tragedy in Japan. I'll offer just two that come to my stunned mind, and follow up later. First of all, this is ...
|Philanthropy, transparency, science, politics -- huzzah!
=== From a Scarcity Society to a Gift-based One? === Will we transform ourselves from an archaic Scarcity Economy to a "Gift Economy" - ...
|Progress marches on... and "if it ain't true..."
First off, congrats to Kos... for making the site both more handsome and almost impossible to comprehend or use. It took me 20 minutes of searching to find a teeny place I could click in order to ...
|Nobel for Wikileaks? Transparency and Society Stories etc
First off... drop in at YouTube for my latest offering... reading aloud a popular passage from my novel Earth. “First came a ...
|State of the Union: The Things Obama Did Not Have to Say - But Did Anyway
The president’s State of the Union Speech was - at long last - the one I wanted him to give. It went after the very poison that has so sickened the United States of America. His call for us to ...
|Illegal aliens Part One... and me NOT on the Colbert Report
Did anyone see the Colbert piece on "alien hunting" last night? Yes, that's the segment that I was cut from, after giving their crew an entire day in our home?� And now I can see ...
|NOT on Colbert!... Also - Tucson and the "Magazine Problem"
Alas.� The producer who interviewed me for the Colbert Report just called to say that the big two-parter about "possible alien invasion" had to be ...
|Colbert Update. Plus Asimov & Adam Smith!
Update . �My Colbert Report appearance is now scheduled for monday or tuesday.� Expect my attempts at sober contemplation to edited (surprise!)...for ...
|Colbert update, plus heaps o' science...
I'm told that sometime in the next week or so - perhaps as early as Thursday - I'll be featured on the Colbert Report. � Note - "featured" means I was ...
|David Brin's Year-end Updates
Here's your end-of-year update by and (this time) about - your (almost) favorite author. It begins with big news for the first week of 2011. Keep your eye open for pending my ...
|As The Naughty Oughts end - where goest Media and the Internet?
I believe I was the first, back in 1999, to forecast that the first decade of the 21st Century - the "Naughty Oughts" - would feature plummeting confidence and a Y2K curse far worse ...
|Is Theology Compatible with Science, Progress and Sci-Fi?
First, an update from the Colbert Report: "The air date for our David Brin & Aliens piece has moved to - at the earliest - Thursday January 7th.
|The Future of Media - (or I'll be on Colbert)
First -- it seems I'll be made fun of (in good humor) on the Colbert Report, on January 3 & 4, while helping my favorite show explore the concept of "dangerous aliens!&...
|Singulatarians & Secessionists - techno-tubes & uplift
�I really do like these mad, transcendentalist singularity guys! Alas for their simple, Moore's Law extrapolations -- "The brain's overall complexity is almost beyond belief.
|Longevity & Life Extension
�I was interviewed about the likelihood that human lifespan can be extended indefinitely, any time soon.
|Conspiracies and Wishful Thinking
To what extent is the world filled with conniving villains and dastardly plots... and how much of it erupts from our fertile imaginations? It may not surprise you ...
|What Will NASA Announce? And Other Wonders...
The internet is abuzz about NASA's coming Big Announcement on Bioastronomy. (Thursday Dec.2 at 2pm EST.) ...
|Suggestions for the Lame Duck Congress
Folks have asked if I'll offer another checklist of suggestions for near-term political action, now that the U.S. House of Representatives is about to pass into Republican hands. This new set of ...
|Custer & Bull... and the politics of idiocracy
Stinky bull -- Fox sings the praises of “General” Custer. President Obama new children’s book — “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters” &...
|Colbert & Science - plus my new Graphic Novel about..... Industry!
What if America lost its knack for making things?� Manufacturing is the root that all other projects sprout from... even the arts!� In a new graphic novel - TINKERERS - famed author ...
|Speaking up for the Blue Dogs
All right... in my role as Contrarian, I am going to throw some paint here. Because it has to be said. Chris Bowers, Campaign Director at the Daily Kos is venting his frustration over electoral ...
|Galactic black holes, cosmic ray bubbles... and more science
�The BBC phoned earlier to ask me about the "gamma ray bubbles" a NASA space telescope observed, above and below the Milky Way's galactic core.� Extending 25,000 light years ...
|Why all the Zombies mean you better vote!
�Howdy Halloween... and how about the symbolism as the dead seem ready to rise up, in the coming election?� And yes, I connect the two events, especially with one network pushing a ...
|Keeping Fear Alive... and When Candidate Religion Matters
I am supporting Stephen Colbert's Rally for Fear, for several reasons. First, my career lies in scaring people via vivid science fiction ...
|While Defending Sanity on Saturday - Bring Along (Decent) Capitalism
Folks may be curious how I can avow to be a libertarian (albeit a heretical one who despises Ayn Rand) and an admirer of Adam Smith... while urging everybody in sight to attend the Jon Stewart/...
|The Real Reason for Tea Parties
Lighting the political lamp (it may be on for a couple of weeks), let me begin with a disclaimer, for those of you who don't know me ... I despise all dogmatists, including those on the far-...
|Astronomy, SETI, science, transparency and wonders!
Science fiction is one of the most "American" literary genres, because, like America itself, SF has a relentless fascination with change. In fact, I believe that this trait - rather ...
|Auspicious omens, fear-rallies(!), aliens... more aliens... and science!
Today is 10-10-10... which in binary means it can be termed '42 Day' , Ah, it’s the answer!
|The Quagmire War - <i>(the lamp is lit)</i>
Stay tuned for an informational note regarding Stewart-Colbert satellite rallies in many cities (either for Sanity or for Rage!) ...but first... to the ...
|I tweat? More Science! And a Rally for Adulthood.
All right, I gave in and got a twitter account. http://twitter.com/DavidBrin1 ...and now for some science(!) followed by my thoughts on the RALLIES OF OCTOBER... Have they ...
|End Times? Glimpses from Jon Stewart to Limbaugh...
Every generation had legends of a coming downfall. Whether you call it The End Times, Armageddon, Apocalypse, Doomsday, Ragnorak, The Population Bomb or 2012....we've long been fascinated by ...
|Brin-terviewed on "Virtually Speaking" Thurs 6pm... plus SciFi'ists "come out!"
Come online to participate or listen to Jay Ackroyd interview me in his VIRTUALLY SPEAKING webcast... ...
|Changing worlds... and how I helped change this one...
Folks near San Diego can hear me see me introduce a screening of DISTRICT 9 on September 22, at UCSD, with vignettes from ALIEN NATION and E.T. for ...
|Events, brinterviews, progress... and more science...
Folks near San Diego can come see me introduce a screening of DISTRICT 9 on September 23... with vignettes from ALIEN NATION and E.T. for ...
|London, transparency, podcasts... and more science...
I’m off to London in a few weeks, for a gathering of the Royal Society, where I’ll debate the question of METI... whether a few individual have a right to gamble humanity’s ...
|The Conversion of a Noted Ostrich - Plus Beck, heir of King?
Bjorn Lomborg has apparently changed his mind, and now thinks that global warming ...
|More SciFi! More Science! (... and too much Brin?)
Nothing better demonstrates the silliness of left-right "culture war" than the bitterly illogical fight over human-caused climate change HCC. People who stake fierce ...
|Science fictional stalkers, urgent transparency... & science!
=== First, items related to sci fi! === See a vivid and clever animated tale about superstition and its consequences.� ...
|Solving World Debt Through Transparency...plus misc politics
First, a few politically redolent items, followed by my own recommendation for how the nations and peopls of the world might get out of the current Debt Crisis and restart the world economy, in ...
|Inception... then science and pragmatic politics
First a popular culture note. We just watched Christopher Nolan’s new film (with Leonardo di Caprio) “Inception,” and I am pleased to recommend it.
|New on Kindle...plus science and more...
Startide Rising and Sundiver are now out on electronic versions including Kindle, and Sony Reader and Nook!� Spread the word! I ...
|If Corporations are Persons...
Let’s dive into the Notion of Corporate Personhood. This legal contruct was established for basic, pragmatic reasons, in order to allow the limited liability ...
|Advice to New Writers - plus interesting films & science
Storytelling is the only verified form of magic: to form incantations in the reader’s mind, to have them envision imaginary worlds, feel profound emotions, or experience new thoughts. David ...
|Clarifications re Climate Skeptics and Deniers
Keith Kloor's blogged description of my "Climate Skeptics and Deniers" article (in SKEPTIC Magazine) ...
|Defending enterprise from its "defenders"
Regarding a recent Wall Street Journal article by Russ Roberts - "Why Friedrich ...
|What General McChrystal May Have Planned All Along
President Obama removed Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as commander of American forces in Afghanistan and tapped as his replacement the architect of the 2007 surge in Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus.�
|A secret of college life... plus controversies and science!
Advice for college students and graduating high-shoolers . Reflecting on his son's graduation from high school, Science Fiction author ...
|Can Libertarian Conservatism Find Its Way?
A fascinating article in Foreign Policy lays out how Ronald Reagan was actually far less of a war-lover ...
|"Blowback" from progress -- and more science
First: now up on kindle:
First, any of you in the San Diego area, I will be among 30+ visionary speakers at TedX Del Mar. .. a spin off TED ...
|Ruminations on LOST (before the finale)
OK I’m hooked on LOST too. Each episode was well-directed/acted/written, intensely mixing drama, pathos & hungry curiosity. As a writer I don’t believe all questions must be ...
|Many Cultural & Scientific Wonders
Lots to cover... science, culture, problem solving, energy crises, more science... But first... A BRIEF MOVIE PRE-REVIEW... No, I haven't had time yet to write my long, thoughtful essay ...
|Saving Capitalism from Neo-Feudalism
First, regarding the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico , a few notes: 1) The dome-capture solution was stymied by “icy” methanic hydrates on the ...
|When conservatives are right
�My friend and respected newsletter-economist John Mauldin is one of the smart-sane ones and he has a lot of cogent things to say. He often zeroes in on mistakes being made by the other side,
|Perspectives on SETI and Aliens.
Responding to Stephen Hawking's new Discovery Channel program, I debated the "alien threat" on Larry King ...
|Here comes the debate over the other kind of aliens...
Alert! There's a 60% chance I will be on LARRY KING LIVE (CNN) Friday at 9 ET (6 PT) in a rushed-together debate about “aliens” with ...
|Concerning Robert Heinlein... and more science
In some other places, the topic of legendary science fiction author Robert Anson Heinlein has repeatedly come up, along with shouting matches -- "He was a libertarian!" "No, a ...
|More Insights into the Future
Here in this catch-all posting, there will be a potpourri of treasures including some science below. - I was interviewed on the BBC World Service regarding President Obama’...
|A historic victory for the manic side
Okay, phew.� So it is done. Journalists call the Health Care Bill "epochal and transforming"... even though it merely (and gradually) tweaks what remains by far the most ...
|A Sensible - if Radical - Solution for Greece.
�I'll offer my own, typically off-angle, view of the Health Care Bill and its implications for America's ongoing civil war, soon.� Till then, I just want to jot down a quick thought on ...
|Podcasting outer space, breaking filibusters and... science!
I've been recording and posting some brief (for me) monologues on YouTube, starting with Space Exploration Part 1 - ...
|Space Exploration, Methane Blurps and Podcast Rants
�A couple of hurried announcement-notes, then a quick-drafted thought on methane blurps and cycles of history: 1) With the help of a techie-camerawoman (for whom I feel ...
|Water and Wrenches, Belts and Suspenders: A rational approach to exploring Mars & Beyond
Someday, Earth civilization will send emissaries to Mars. Over the long run, the task of exploration cannot be left only to robots. If we are ever to know Mars from a human perspective we must ...
|A Primer on Supply-Side vs Demand-Side Economics
Russ Daggatt's latest missive discusses whether the Stimulus Bill has had good effects. � His analysis is well worth ...
|An addendum on "The Fall of Civilizations"
We appear to be at a cusp point, where the Western World chooses between two paths. � One is the trail of stupidity, leading to a cliff.� Almost 100 years ago, in The ...
|Distinguishing Climate "Deniers" From "Skeptics"
A fair number of people have written in response to my previous posting - The Real Struggle ...
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