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Dr. Jeff Schweitzer is a marine biologist, consultant and internationally recognized authority in ethics, conservation and development. He is the author of five books including Calorie Wars: Fat, Fact and Fiction (July 2011), and A New Moral Code (2010), http://jeffschweitzer.com/books.php

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 http://www.JeffSchweitzer.com

Entries by Jeff Schweitzer

Oh Mercy Me, I Do Declare, I Have the Vapors

(342) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 4:44 PM

Excuse me, for I thought when I woke up this morning the year was 2014. Yet a headline today reads "University Plans to Finally Remove Confederate Flags From Campus." In the article we learn that Washington and Lee University is leaving the age of muskets to join the...

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Unfit for Publication: How USA Today Got Everything Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 5:38 PM

USA Today splashed across its June 18, 2014, front page the breathless headline, "Unfit for Flight" to dramatize the deadly enterprise of flying general aviation aircraft (small airplanes). We learn in bold print there have been 45,000 deaths attributed to small aircraft and dozens of multimillion-dollar verdicts that...

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The Supreme Court Rules That Christianity Is Not Christian

(323) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 2:39 PM

For the past six years I have followed and written sporadically about an obscure lawsuit in a town nobody could locate on a map, noting to the few who would listen that this was one of the most important legal battles being waged in the country. This labor in obscurity...

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Hidden Wonders: What Nature Teaches Us About Ourselves

(35) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 9:00 AM

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Few among us do not find awe and wonder in nature's magnificence and complexity. But in spite of that commonality among folks from all walks of life, an important divide quickly reveals itself when we seek...

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Institutionalized Fraud: How Wall Street Survives on Predicting the Past

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 11:24 AM

"Bull Market - A random market movement causing an investor to mistake himself for a financial genius." Anon.

Entertainers and charlatans who claim to read minds use a common trick of stating the obvious. "I feel there is someone in the audience thinking about a man named Peter." Given that...

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The 'Fat But Fit' Fallacy

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 6:41 PM

We all like to eat. Most of us want to eat well; at least we try to be good some of the time. We all know that how and what we eat directly impact our health and well-being. Yet few subjects are more prone to confusion and distortion than diet...

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Why Facts Matter: Science Is Not an Opinion

(64) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:18 PM

In a recent tweet, Donald Trump threw out this witticism: "In New York, March was the coldest month in recorded history - we could use some GLOBAL WARMING!" The capital letters and exclamation point are his, so sure is he of his deep insight that he must shout...

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God and Morality: Never the Twain Shall Meet

(2) Comments | Posted March 15, 2014 | 12:07 AM

Ah for every one step forward two steps backward. The Pew Research Center just published a survey conducted in 40 countries demonstrating that many people in the world still hold onto the idea that one must believe in god to be moral. That view is more common in...

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Sulfur, Sulfur, Toil and Trouble

(4) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 7:18 PM

Buried under the Ukraine crisis, sitting forlornly on page 8 of the Monday, March 3, 2014, New York Times is a quiet but terribly important story. The Environmental Protection Agency, we are told, will unveil this week new regulations to remove sulfur from American gasoline blends. Rather than...

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Light Bulb Angst: Grow Up

(24) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 3:23 PM

We are told that the world as we know it will end when an overreaching government phases out incandescent lights and forces consumers to purchase more efficient bulbs. Those to the right of center claim that the government should get out of the way and let consumers make their own...

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Stone Age Rituals in Modern Society: Let's Move On

(32) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 6:29 PM

The death penalty is difficult justify in any modern civilized society. Forget the obvious left-wing and right wing divide; the issue is greater than partisan politics. A sober evaluation of the costs and benefits of state-sanctioned death clearly demonstrates that the death penalty is not viable.

Let's look at...

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Brain Freeze: Why Climate Deniers Flail in a Cold Snap

(31) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 9:16 PM

With the precise predictability of an atomic clock, climate change deniers break out like a bad rash with irrational exuberance each time we see a snow flake. With the onset of winter's cold each year we can look forward to the reliable appearance of Skepticana deniacus, an increasingly popular bird...

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The Dirty Little Secret About Human Intelligence

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 11:00 AM

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We are rightly fascinated with dolphins. They have the good fortune of being cute, friendly, curious and comical, graceful, powerful and highly social. Dolphins seem familiar, like a close family friend, but alien, too, living in...

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Not Anywhere Close to Person of the Year: Why Time Magazine Is Wrong About Pope Francis

(116) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 8:45 AM

Time Magazine has named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year. They should not have; he has no qualifications to be included even in the top 10 finalists. To understand this, we first need to understand how Time makes the selection. Remember that the title does not...

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God Created Gravity: Why the U.S. Can't Keep Pace With Slovenia

(911) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 12:35 PM

Two recent headlines appearing within a few days of each other should have warranted greater attention: "School Science Lesson Claims Gravity Was Created by God" and "Best Education in the World: Finland, South Korea Top Country Rankings, U.S. Rated Average." The explanation for the latter is...

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The GOP Mines an Endless Vein of Hypocrisy; An Historic Bottomless Pit of Inconsistency

(149) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 8:15 PM

Oh how times have changed. When George Bush was in office, Senate Democrats approved nearly 200 nominees for district and circuit courts, without filibuster. When in July 2004 Democrats blocked three nominees were (bringing the grand total to ten), the GOP screamed bloody murder, with breathless accusations that Democrats broke...

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When the Blame Game Goes Bad

(17) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 4:49 PM

The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.
Sir Francis Bacon

In modern times, Francis Bacon would say that "the root of all GOP hatred and vitriol is that conservatives observe when a thing hits, or simply when...

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The Paralyzing Premise of Public Prayer

(162) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 5:18 PM

Sporadically over the past six years I have written that an obscure lawsuit, in a town nobody has heard of, was the most important legal battle being waged in our country. Now the case has come before the Supreme Court, validating my earlier view of the trial's importance,...

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He's Just Not That Into You: Why Humans Need to Get Over Themselves

(179) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Religions across the world provide us with an astonishing array of customs, rituals, rites, ornaments, icons, vestments, symbols, sacred texts, relics, and even architecture, each belief system explaining in a unique way life's origin and faith in an afterlife. Yet all religions, with all this diversity, all share one important...

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The GOP and the Whigs: Political Parties Are Not Forever

(15) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 11:05 AM

Reverberations in the Echo Chamber

We have with good reason heard much recently of the "echo chamber" in which conservatives whip each other into an anti-Obama frenzy in a destructive paranoid loop of crazy, immune to outside influence and unhindered by the constraints of reality. McConnell and Boehner are like...

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