Albrecht and I went down in a shuttleship, leaving the stellatomic orbited pole-to-pole two thousand miles above Alpha Centauri's second planet. While we took an atmosphere-brushing approach which wouldn't burn off the shuttle's skin, we went as swiftly as we could. A week before we had completed man's first trip through hyperspace. We were now making the first landing on an inhabited planet of another sun. All the preliminary investigations had been made via electronspectroscopes and electrontelescopes from the stellatomic.
Albrecht and I went down in a shuttleship, leaving the stellatomic
orbited pole-to-pole two thousand miles above Alpha Centauri's second
planet. While we took an atmosphere-brushing approach which
wouldn't burn off the shuttle's skin, we went as swiftly as we could.
A week before we had completed man's first trip through hyperspace.
We were now making the first landing on an inhabited planet of another
sun. All the preliminary investigations had been made via electronspectroscopes
and electrontelescopes from the stellatomic....
Philosophical debates have arisen over the present and future use of technology in society, with disagreements over whether technology improves the human condition or worsens it. Neo-Luddism, anarcho-primitivism, and similar movements criticise the pervasiveness of technology in the modern world, opining that it harms the environment and alienates people; proponents of ideologies such as transhumanism and techno-progressivism view continued technological progress as beneficial to society and the human condition.
The foundation of human health rests on healthy, stable ecosystems. Our biotic
environment provides us with the fundamentals necessary for healthy lives—food,
water, oxygen, warmth, light, and fuel. Earth's ecosystems also supply the raw
materials for our health-care services. The global fraying of ecosystems has grave
implications for our health and our ability to treat illnesses, now and in the future.
The Final Judgment feels too close for me to care much about scoring points in debate. Into my seventh decade, the clouds of time are clearing, and the prospect of wasting my remaining life on gamesmanship or one-upmanship is increasingly unthinkable. The ego-need to be right has lost its dominion, and the quiet desire to be a faithful steward of the grace of truth increases. N. T. Wright is about three years younger than I am, and I assume he feels the same.
This chapter will take you on a quick journey through time and some of the debates about human development that have emerged, especially in the last 150 years. We do this in order to show the way the field has emerged so that you, the reader, have more understanding of why certain kinds of research and ideas have been popular or have lost favour over time.
An essential part of any business impact analysis is determining the potential effects of a
pandemic on company business financials using multiple possible scenarios that affect
different product lines and/or production sites. Depending on the sector and severity of
the pandemic, the decline in demand could range from 3 per cent (mild scenario,
manufacturing industry) to 67 percent (severe scenario, transportation and warehousing
industry). Conversely, demand in the health sector will increase.
Working on this book has not been easy. I’ve had to
plunge deep into the memories of my years of addiction,
and into the troubling emotions that I felt back then. If
you’re reading this book right now, chances are you already
have some notion of the uncomfortable feelings that substance
abuse can cause. I believe that this book can be helpful to you
and to others who have faced the incredible challenge of addiction,
so I’ve traveled back in time in order to relate to you
my experiences with drugs—mostly heroin—and how I nearly
lost my life to this devastating substance....
Each year, $100 billion is spent on pain care, yet 40% of Americans experience daily pain, including 50
million people with chronic pain and 25 million people with acute pain. The prevalence of pain has a
tremendous impact on business, with an estimated annual cost of $60 billion plus in lost productivity.
Despite advances in the treatment of pain, the quality of pain care remains far below the potential for
optimal care, and ineffective pain treatment continues to be a growing problem in the United States.
As the world of politics and public affairs has gradually changed beyond recognition over
the past two decades, journalism too has been transformed. Yet the study of news and
journalism often seems stuck with ideas and debates which have lost much of their
critical purchase. Journalism is at a crossroads: it needs to reaffirm core values and
rediscover key activities, almost certainly in new forms, or it risks losing its distinctive
character as well as its commercial basis.
Since its inception six decades ago, the RAND Corporation has been one of the key institutional homes for the study of deterrence. Never a well-loved concept in the United States, deterrence lost any luster it held after the Cold War. The 2002 U.S. national-security strategy proclaimed deterrence’s irrelevance for most future national