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Merging man and machine
Robert Moniot | 07 July 2006 | FEATURES |  
tags: Ray Kurzweil, transhumanism
“Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.” Discuss and give examples from the theories of Ray Kurzweil.

The MercatorNet IdeaFest Burying multiculturalism
Seamus Grimes | 07 July 2006 | FEATURES |  
Experience around the world shows that building societies upon post-modern tolerance instead of old-fashioned respect just doesn't work.

The bard of the windswept Orkneys
Francis Phillips | 30 June 2006 | FEATURES |  
Poet and novelist George Mackay Brown lived and died on one of the most remote islands in Britain. Now he is acclaimed as a major figure.

No pitches, no jerseys, but African soccer flourishes
Martyn Drakard | 30 June 2006 | FEATURES |  
Commercialised sport has finally become a part of African life, as current interest in the World Cup shows.

Harvard’s stem cell misstep
James Sherley | 29 June 2006 | FEATURES |  
tags: Harvard, stem cells
Harvard University has given the cause of therapeutic cloning the backing of its immense prestige. A stem cell scientist tells MercatorNet that this is based on inflated hopes and bad science.

Oath Betrayed: doctors in the war on terror
Michael Cook | 28 June 2006 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, torture, war on terror
Have American doctors and other health personnel cooperated in the abuse and torture of suspected terrorists? Yes, says medical ethicist Steven Miles in this exclusive interview.

FOCUS ON EUROPE�S FUTURE Zapatero reinvents Spain
Ignacio Arechaga | 25 June 2006 | FEATURES |  
Spaniards used to be famed as fervent Catholics. But a new socialist government seems determined to change all that.

The MercatorNet IdeaFest In a globalised world, mediocre teaching is doomed
Peter Wood | 24 June 2006 | FEATURES |  
Why can’t the Western world produce talented, enthusiastic teachers? By 2036 it will be forced to.

FOCUS ON EUROPE?S FUTURE Putin warns of demographic doom
Carolyn Moynihan | 24 June 2006 | FEATURES |  
Russia's president recently told his people that demographic decline is their number one problem.

FOCUS ON EUROPE?S FUTURE Sarkozy calls for a deal with Muslims
Michael Shanks | 24 June 2006 | FEATURES |  
A leading French presidential aspirant wants to reinterpret immutable secular dogmas to integrate Muslim citizens.

A Prairie Home Companion
Justin Myers | 16 June 2006 | FEATURES |  
Sit back, relax and enjoy the show: Robert Altman’s homage to Middle America’s beloved radio series.

The MercatorNet IdeaFest Farewell to government?s iron grip on healthcare
Michel Kelly-Gagnon | 16 June 2006 | FEATURES |  
By 2020 you’ll fly to superb clinics in Bangkok or New Delhi if you want cheaper and quicker treatment.

The Lost Men
Francis Phillips | 16 June 2006 | FEATURES |  
How ten ordinary men sacrificed themselves for their mates in Shackleton's doomed expedition to the Antarctic.

FOCUS ON FOOD The economy begins in the kitchen
Maria Sophia Aguirre | 15 June 2006 | FEATURES |  
Setting time aside for family dinners might seem insignificant, but when Mao Tse-Tung abolished them, 30 million people died.

FOCUS ON FOOD Neurotic standards for professionals and none for me
Prue Leith | 15 June 2006 | FEATURES |  
If order, clean design, a good state of repair and well-mannered personnel are signs of a well-run business, why not of a good home?

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