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“Ten Rules of Good Risk Communication”

Ten Rules Do not use invidious comparisons between your views and anyone else’s. Avoid either explicit or implicit ‘fights’ with those holding opposing views. Maintain a tone of sweet reasonableness throughout any document. Admit that there is some risk (where … Continue reading

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Treaty Forcing: Will International Commitments Ever Control Climate Forcing?

Treaty Forcing This paper introduces the idea of “treaty forcing” in order to juxtapose the process of international treaty negotiation with the concept of climate forcing that is the mainstay of the scientific account of global climate change. Treaty forcing … Continue reading

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The Need for Utopia−And What Utopia Needs

The Need for Utopia [PDF] (First Draft December 2017) A Contribution to the Future of Critical Theory Dedicated to Herbert Marcuse by William Leiss ©William Leiss 2017. All Rights Reserved. (wleiss@uottawa.ca / www.leiss.ca ) ∗∗∗TABLE OF CONTENTS∗∗∗ INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………. 1 THEUTOPIANVISIONINTHEMODERNWEST……………. 3 … Continue reading

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Herasage Book 3 – Chapter 6 (free online version)

I am posting selections from Book 3 of the Herasaga, along with a short introduction for each chapter. I will post one each week for the next month or so. Here is the intro to Chapter 6. “Superintelligence” refers to … Continue reading

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Herasage Book 3 – Chapter 4 (free online version)

I am posting selections from Book 3 of the Herasaga, along with a short introduction for each chapter. I will post one each week for the next month or so. Here is the intro to Chapter 4. In a truly … Continue reading

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Herasage Book 3 – Chapter 3 (free online version)

I am posting selections from Book 3 of the Herasaga, along with a short introduction for each chapter. I will post one each week for the next month or so. Here is the intro to Chapter 3. A key feature … Continue reading

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Herasaga Book 3 – Chapter 2 (free online version)

I am posting selections from Book 3 of the Herasaga, along with a short introduction for each chapter. I will post one each week for the next month or so. Here is the intro to Chapter 2. The introduction of … Continue reading

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Herasaga Book 3 – Chapter 1 (free online version)

I am posting selections from Book 3 of the Herasaga, along with a short introduction for each chapter. I will post one each week for the next month or so. Here is the intro to Chapter 1. What is “modernity”? … Continue reading

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Black Holes of Risk Vol II: Nuclear Waste Storage – updated and on Amazon

Black Holes of Risk By William Leiss Collected Papers on Risk Management, 1995-2017 Volume II:  Nuclear Waste Storage 287 Pages November 2017 Preface by Ortwin Renn Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Holes-Risk-Collected-Management-ebook/dp/B0773Y9PY4/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509722523&sr=1-2&keywords=leiss+black+holes+of+risk (Also available at Amazon.ca and other Amazon markets) Table of contents Part … Continue reading

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Black holes of risk Volume I: The Ubiquity of Risk – updated and on Amazon

Black Holes of Risk By William Leiss Collected Papers on Risk Management, 1995-2017 Volume I:  The Ubiquity of Risk 382 Pages November 2017 Preface by Ortwin Renn Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Holes-Risk-Collected-Management-ebook/dp/B0773YDSKF/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509722523&sr=1-1&keywords=leiss+black+holes+of+risk (Also available on Amazon.ca and other Amazon markets) Table of contents … Continue reading

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Climate science report – great reading

https://science2017.globalchange.gov/downloads/CSSR2017_FullReport.pdf Washington, DC might be wildly disfunctional, but the good news is that, at least for now, U.S. government science is still alive and well.

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The Learning Experience with Herbert Marcuse

I want to describe the learning experience with Herbert Marcuse in a series of anecdotes and stories, to give you a sense of the private man as well as the public intellectual. Continue reading

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Book Two of the Herasaga available online

Product Description https://www.amazon.ca/Priesthood-Science-Utopian-Fiction-Herasaga-ebook/dp/B075MNKB64/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1505672894&sr=1-1&keywords=leiss+the+priesthood+of+science The Priesthood of Science, Second Edition (2017) (Book Two of The Herasaga) Pages xxxii, 350 Pictures and Illustrations Publisher: Magnus & Associates Ltd. The second edition features a new concluding chapter, entitled “Such Clever Microbes!” which deals … Continue reading

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New 2017 edition of Hera, or Empathy (Book One of The Herasaga) available now

Hera, or Empathy (Book One of The Herasaga): Now Available in a Revised Edition 2017 as an Ebook at: https://www.amazon.ca/Hera-Empathy-Utopian-Fiction-Herasaga-ebook/dp/B0753K64K1/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1504200927&sr=1-1&keywords=hera+or+empathy Pages xv, 550 This work, originally published in 2006, had two components that were central to its purpose as a … Continue reading

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Hera the Buddha (Book 3 of The Herasaga) now available!

Product Description: Hera the Buddha (Book 3 of The Herasaga) https://www.amazon.ca/Hera-Buddha-Utopian-Fiction-Herasaga-ebook/dp/B074KP7Q1R/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501945489&sr=1-1&keywords=hera+the+buddha Product Details: Author: William Leiss (www.leiss.ca) Length: Pages Xix, 195 Publisher: Magnus & Associates Ltd. Language: English ISBN 978-0-9738283-2-0 Table of Contents Prologue and Retrospective Part One: The Mind … Continue reading

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Three Courses by Herbert Marcuse from the 1960s ©William Leiss 2017, All Rights Reserved

William Leiss took these notes in handwritten form in courses offered by Herbert Marcuse, in 1960-61 and 1963 at Brandeis University, and in 1966-67 at the University of California, San Diego. Marcuse Hegel Seminar 1966 Final Marcuse Marxism 1963 Course … Continue reading

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President Trump’s First Hundred Days: An American Political Fantasy

President Trump’s First Hundred Days: An American Political Fantasy (V4: New Material at End) © William Leiss 2016 Shortly after New Year’s Day, anticipating the Inauguration Ceremony later that month, some hundreds of local armed groups started to ready themselves … Continue reading

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Thirteen Theses on the “Control Problem” in Superintelligence

Thirteen Theses on the “Control Problem” in Superintelligence: A Commentary by William Leiss Leiss Theses on Superintelligence Note to the Reader: I intend to develop these preliminary comments into a larger essay, and I would appreciate having feedback from readers … Continue reading

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Priesthood of Science

The second book in the Herasaga, cialis  The Priesthood of Science, is now available for (free) download. The Priesthood of Science

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Hera or Empathy

No longer available for purchase, sick this is the first book in the Herasaga Trilogy. Now available for (free) download. Hera or Empathy

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