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What Is Consciousness and Do Humans Have a Monopoly on It?

What Is Consciousness and Do Humans Have a Monopoly on It?

There has not been so much excitement about the effect of electricity on the human body since Luigi Galvani discovered that an electrical stimulation of the nerves in the leg muscles of a dead frog caused it to kick. These early experiments inspired Mary Shelley in 1818 to write Frankenstein, a brilliant allegory about the [...]

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Ebola: Zombie Apocalypse, Biological Warfare or Marketing Hype?

Ebola: Zombie Apocalypse, Biological Warfare or Marketing Hype?

Ask anyone what is Ebola, and the only reasonable answer you might get to this question is that it is a virus. The rest is fantasy, and these flights of fancy are not limited to the general public. At least one scientific editor has described the disease caused by the viral infection as a “Zombie [...]

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GDP, Money and the World Cup

GDP, Money and the World Cup

By Gilbert Mercier and Dady Chery  No. It’s not only a game. The World Cup is about money. Lots of it. Quite apart from the $15 billion that Brazil spent “pacifying” the favelas and building stadiums in preparation for the World Cup, or the $4.5 billion of profit that FIFA will make from this sports [...]

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Homage to My Mothers: Restavek, Vodou, and Haiti’s Stolen Children

Homage to My Mothers: Restavek, Vodou, and Haiti’s Stolen Children

“There are no orphans in Haiti!” After a long silence at the other end of the line, my friend Jordan murmurs: “Come again?” He must be thinking I lost my senses. I realize how I sound. Someone else might imagine that I am ignorant of the extreme poverty in which most Haitians live, but Jordan [...]

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Fight for Haiti’s Ile a Vache: Interview With KOPI’s Jerome Genest

Fight for Haiti’s Ile a Vache: Interview With KOPI’s Jerome Genest

The Organization of Ile a Vache Farmers (KOPI, or Konbit Peyizan Ilavach) has been at the vanguard of a fight between the residents of this traditionally agricultural 20-square mile island off of the southern coast of Haiti and the country’s executive branch. The conflict began after the administration decreed Ile a Vache to be a [...]

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