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Pope Francis in the Lion's Den

Pope Francis will be the first leader of the Catholic Church to address a joint session of Congress.  Take out the name “Francis”, and that sentence would be the subject of universal rejoicing among Catholics. Instead we get this: “[The Pope ought to] leave science to ...


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The Ragged Edge of the World
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Winds of Change
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Afterword to the softbound edition.

The Octopus and the Orangutan
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The Future In Plain Sight
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The Parrot's Lament
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Silent Partners
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Affluence and Discontent
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The Alms Race
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Apes, Men, & Language
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The Alms Race examines the sorry history of aid projects in Africa as a way to explore the charitable impulse. It asks the question, why do voluntary aid organizations perpetually repeat projects that fail to help the poor, and finds that the answer is that those projects are magically transformed into successes when viewed in terms of the benefits they bring to the donors. The book argues that the basic purpose of voluntary aid abroad is to extend the boundaries of the consumer society. This book set the stage for Affluence and Discontent.

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Short Take

Some years ago the great biologist E.O. Wilson said that humanity was the first species to become a geophysical force. Indeed, we've become so consequential a presence on the planet that we now have to watch what we think lest our superstitions, fashions, or fads lead to the extinction of one of our fellow species. The belief in the oil rich Middle East that rhino horn enhances virility has driven the white rhino to the brink of extinction; Asian superstitions about the powers of tiger parts have contributed to a plunge in their numbers throughout Asia; a tast for blue fin tuna in sushi emporiums around the world has stripped the oceans of the giant fish; the prestige and comfort of a shatoosh shawl has led to slaughter of Tibetan Chiru.

Not a moment too soon, Pope Francis' encyclical recognizes the connection between what goes on in our heads and the fate of the earth. 

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