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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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Good Robot: A Short Story

Good Robot: A Short Story Good Robot [PDF Version] ©William Leiss 2014 At the end of our long hike, order now sitting over a simple lunch on our mountaintop perch, we could observe clearly the nearest of the many human reservations … Continue reading

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Of Airline Pilots and Other Risks

The deliberate acts of the co-pilot in the Germanwings airplane crash in the Alps, as well as the possibility of accidental pilot error in the Halifax airport crash a short time later, raises the question: Can we fly commercial freight and airline passengers without pilots on board? We know that today most of the flying is already done on autopilot, including takeoff, cruising, and landing: With a few more innovations, and with pilots manning installations at various points on the ground, placed next to the flight controllers who now monitor all flights in transit, we will no longer really need them to be in the cockpit.
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Disposal of Low- and Intermediate-Level Nuclear Waste (LILNW)

The Joint Review Panel (JRDisposal of Low- and Intermediate-Level Nuclear Waste (LILNW) William Leiss (September 2014) The Joint Review Panel (JRP), a three-member panel appointed by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), has … Continue reading

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Thinking about Terrorism Risk

Thinking about Terrorism Risk William Leiss Note:  This piece was published in The Ottawa Citizen on 22 April 2013. Terrorism has a special salience for Canadians:  The destruction of Air India Flight 182 in June 1985 by a bomb placed … Continue reading

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Looking for trouble

I define risk as the chance of harm, and risk management as the attempt to anticipate and prevent or mitigate harms that may be avoidable. Risk estimation and assessment is the technical tool that can be used to predict both how likely a specific type of harm is to affect us, and how much harm might be done if it comes to pass. This predictive capacity allows us to take precautionary measures, in advance of the harm being inflicted, to lower the anticipated amount of damage, by spending some money in advance – provided we are wise enough. Risk management can, if used correctly, help us either to avoid some harms entirely or otherwise to minimize the damage they may do to us.
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Embracing Risk, Manipulating Chance: Will it all End Well?

A lecture at the Risk@Humanities Conference, 26-27 October 2012 By William Leiss Senior Invited Fellow (Fall 2012) Society for the Humanities, Cornell University wcl54@cornell.edu Continue reading

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Once More, Understanding Systemic Financial Risk

William Leiss:  RiskBlog 1 March 2012 Once More, discount Understanding Systemic Financial Risk Satyajit Das and Systemic Risk [PDF]   Andrew Palmer’s recent essay on financial innovation in The Economist, “Playing with fire” [25.02.12: http://www.economist.com/node/21547999] has received a lot of attention.  … Continue reading

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Environmental Release of Genetically-Engineered Mosquitoes: The Latest Episode in Frankenstein-Type Scientific Adventures

The subtitle for this essay is merely descriptive – not at all intentionally provocative – and is meant to be taken literally. By “Frankenstein-type” I mean, not the scientific work itself, but rather the arrogant and thoughtless act of a scientist in releasing a novel entity into the environment without adequate notice or prior discussion with the public, whether accidentally (as in the case of Mary Shelley’s story) or deliberately. Should this practice continue, as I suspect it will, almost certainly there will eventually be a very bad ending – for science itself. Only remedial action by other scientists themselves can head it off, and so far such action is noteworthy by its absence. They will regret this omission.
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Complexity cloaks Catastrophe

“Complexity cloaks Catastrophe” William Leiss (17 January 2012) Complexity cloaks Catastrophe – PDF Good risk management is inherently simple; adding too many complexities increases the likelihood of overlooking the obvious. Leiss, “A Short Sermon on Risk Management” (http://leiss.ca/?page_id=467)   The quoted phrase … Continue reading

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Nature is the biggest bioterrorist

“Nature is the biggest bioterrorist”: Scientists, viagra the Risk of Bioterrorism, pills and the Freedom to Publish William Leiss (22 December 2011) [Nature is the biggest bioterrorist] – PDF The quoted sentence in the title is attributed to R. A. … Continue reading

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Germany as Saviour or Demon: Political Risk in the Eurozone and the Burden of History

Germany as Saviour or Demon: Political Risk in the Eurozone and the Burden of History [Germany as Saviour or Demon] – PDF William Leiss (9 December 2011)   Introductory Note: These reflections were inspired by the insightful article published on … Continue reading

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Gutman and Marcuse and Heidegger

In a conversation with Laureano Ralon and Roman Onufrijchuk, I recall the great gift bestowed on me by the opportunity to study with great teachers, in particular the historian Herbert Gutman and the philosopher Herbert Marcuse.  Questions about  the eight … Continue reading

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