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Dr. Jeff Schweitzer is a neurophysiologist, consultant and internationally recognized authority in ethics, conservation and development. He is the author of five books including Beyond Cosmic Dice: Moral Life in a Random World,

Dr. Schweitzer served at the White House during the Clinton Administration as Assistant Director for International Affairs in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Schweitzer was responsible for providing scientific and technological policy advice and analysis for Al Gore, President Clinton, and President Clinton's Science Advisor, and to coordinate the U.S. government's international science and technology cooperation.

Dr. Schweitzer’s work is based on his desire to introduce a stronger set of ethics into American efforts to improve the human condition worldwide. He has been instrumental in designing programs that demonstrate how third world development and protecting our resources are compatible goals. His vision is to inspire a framework that ensures that humans can grow and prosper indefinitely in a healthy environment.

To learn more about Dr Schweitzer, visit his website at

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One Coin, Two Sides: Brexit and Trump

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 3:16 PM

That any voter would support Donald Trump to become leader of the free world seems beyond comprehension to many, a phenomenon outside the realm of understanding. That voters in the U.K. would approve a referendum to leave the EU seems perplexing given the chaotic and costly aftermath, clearly predictable prior...

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Fight Between Faith and Reason: Trump and the Consequences of Ignorance

(45) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 3:41 PM

We live in an age of denial perpetuated by a political culture of ignorance that willfully embraces anti-intellectualism. There are consequences to this, including real and present threats to our national security.

Happy "400 Day"

The earth, and its human occupants, reached an important milestone last week. Carbon dioxide levels...

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What Would George Washington Do?

(18) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 3:03 PM

What we observe today with Donald Trump as a nominee, and Mitch McConnell obstructing our Constitution by blocking Obama's candidate for the Supreme Court, is an echo of past times in which our country has seen the ugly side of ideological extremism. We can hark back to the earliest days...

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Prince and Princess and Misplaced Priorities

(8) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 1:45 PM

Only a few months ago, on January 10 of this year, David Bowie died, leaving behind a wake of global grief and an outpouring of admiration for his life's work. Now Prince is dead, and world mourns the loss of another irreplaceable icon. In both life...

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Liberals Losing Perspective

(714) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 10:55 AM

I doubt many would question my liberal credentials, probably best defined by epithets from those right of center who object to my writings and background. To them I am a liberal elitist, left-wing extremist, godless sinner and, one of my favorites, "nothing but an immoral pointy head atheist" who "hates...

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What Is Life?

(81) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 7:51 PM

Zombies and the walking dead make for good copy, but do little to advance our understanding of life and death. Unfortunately, neither did the National Geographic with a cover article entitled, "The Science of Death: Coming Back from the Beyond."

The article issues forth just about every misconception...

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Spring Fever: Nuclear Energy Madness

(139) Comments | Posted March 26, 2016 | 6:41 PM

Spring Fever is upon us. Search not for scantily clad students roaming white sand beaches with yard-long margaritas; no, look instead to the madness of politics gone wild with crazy beyond what anybody could have imagined. While extremist statements on immigration, terrorism, torture and surveilling Muslim neighborhoods make headlines, we...

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Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease

(125) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 11:25 AM

The media frenzy surrounding Donald Trump has inverted the nature of our problem. That a demagogue will come along to foment dissent is no surprise; that his despicable views find such gleeful resonance with so many of our voters is the frightening story, not Trump. Trump is that ominous lump...

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Fuel Prices, Faulty Logic and False Indignation: Conservatives Gone Wild

(129) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 2:11 PM

Now this is something you will never hear mentioned by a Republican presidential candidate during any debate: the price of gas. The cost of fuel has not been uttered one time by a single candidate in any GOP debate; nor was the issue ever raised prior to the caucus in...

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Zika, Vaccines and Climate Change: Convergence of Right and Left Extremism

(68) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 3:04 PM

The GOP has evolved (ironically, a process they would deny) to be the proud political party of anti-intellectualism, harking back to the Dark Ages with a never-ending campaign against evolution, tired rants denying the reality of climate change, and a medieval understanding of human reproduction. But sadly this anti-science bent...

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How the GOP Is Killing Us With Ignorance

(214) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 4:20 PM

In his State of the Union speech on January 12, 2016, President Obama said this about climate change:

Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You'll be pretty lonely, because you'll be debating our military, most...

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Scalia's Views on Religious Neutrality Reveal He Is Neutral on Sanity

(256) Comments | Posted January 3, 2016 | 7:30 PM

Speaking at a Catholic high school in New Orleans recently, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said, "To tell you the truth there is no place for that in our constitutional tradition. Where did that come from To be sure, you can't favor one denomination over another but can't...

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Death of an Orca: What It Means for the GOP

(100) Comments | Posted December 24, 2015 | 1:33 PM

Donald Trump may be to the Republican Party what Blackfish was to SeaWorld.

The documentary Blackfish on the mistreatment of Orcas had a disastrous effect on the marine amusement park, revealing a long-standing and widely-accepted SeaWorld lie that the whales were being treated well. Following the release...

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Intolerance Masked As Tolerance Is Still Intolerance

(227) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 11:31 AM

Racism exists in this country; denying that reality, a disease of conservativism, is just the latest reincarnation of a problem that never seems to die. But right wing extremism is not our society's only ideological woe. Sadly, liberalism has developed its own disease of decay, a growing cancer that threatens...

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Who Will Investigate the Investigators?

(75) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 3:52 PM

We are currently trying to understand the cause of what must be the worst terrorist attacks in American history. To get to the bottom of this threat to our national security, the Congress has gotten serious with 32 congressional hearings, 11 published reports, and 70,000 pages of documents...

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The Devils of Darwin: Satan Takes on the Tea Party

(268) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 1:57 PM

Ben Carson is interesting as a Republican candidate for the presidency, not because he could ever win, but because he embodies in one person the very worst of conservative thought. In spite of his intellectual prowess as a neurosurgeon, Carson celebrates ignorance, relishes anti-science sentiment and ignores the fundamentals of...

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Our Embarrassing Man Crush on Pope Francis

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 12:40 PM

Pope Francis arrives in Washington, D.C. as a conquering hero, with jostling crowds lining the street in rapt adulation. Trumpets, pomp, elaborate ceremony and fawning commentary herald the presence of a global rock star. This man crush is as unwarranted as it is embarrassing.

In spite of some interesting rhetoric,...

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Our Embarrassing Man Crush on Pope Francis

(92) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 12:39 PM

Pope Francis arrives in Washington, D.C. as a conquering hero, with jostling crowds lining the street in rapt adulation. Trumpets, pomp, elaborate ceremony and fawning commentary herald the presence of a global rock star. This man crush is as unwarranted as it is embarrassing.

In spite of some interesting rhetoric,...

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Selective Outrage: Hypocrisy at Its Worst

(491) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 3:45 PM

As a front-runner for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Hillary Clinton is a legitimate target for close scrutiny. Clinton has a long history ripe for criticism as First Lady, senator, and Secretary of State. What is so striking therefore in the attacks from the right wing is the paucity...

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Earth 2.0: Bad News for God

(5653) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 10:36 PM

The discovery of Kepler-452b is not likely to see the public swoon with a collective rendition of Kumbaya. But this Earth 2.0 is a huge if under-appreciated discovery, not because Kepler-452b is unique but for just the opposite reason; there are likely thousands or millions or even billions...

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