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Risky businessesJohn Garvey

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report recently whose alarming rhetoric about carbon dioxide emissions ("code red for humanity") got me thinking again about nuclear energy. If ...

Who's your Daddy? John Garvey

In Plato's "Republic," Socrates discusses a society in which the state arranges marriages among its best citizens and assigns their offspring to nurses chosen for the job, "employing every device to prevent ...

'Holy God, We Praise Thy Name'John Garvey

Every 12 months or so, I'll remind my wife that I would like the recessional at my funeral to be "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name." I mentioned this to a friend last week and he said, with some surprise, ...

Parenting a whole different ballgame John Garvey

The highlight of my Little League career was a two-hitter I threw against the Knights of Columbus, the class of our league in Sharon, Pennsylvania. My team was sponsored by the International Union of ...

Making memoriesJohn Garvey

I saw an ad on television recently that encouraged the observer to start "making memories" with the device on offer, probably a phone of some kind. My iPhone has, under its Photos icon, a Memories section ...

The filibuster bolsters stability John Garvey

The United States Senate is a unique institution. Other legislative bodies lack its peculiar rules, which require a supermajority vote to get most things done. In the Senate, a voting minority can hold ...

The resurrection of the bodyJohn Garvey

Our students are back on campus, and it has been a breath of fresh air. We asked them to quarantine for the first two weeks of the semester, since they were coming from all parts of the country and some ...

Vox populi: The voice of the people John Garvey

Francis Galton was a Victorian scientist with an interest in social Darwinism. It may have been his views on breeding that moved him to attend the West of England Fat Stock and Poultry Exhibition in 1906. ...