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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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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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