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Stephan A. Schwartz is the author of The 8 Laws of Change, columnist for the peer-reviewed journal Explore, and editor of the daily web publication, in both of which he covers trends affecting the future.

Entries by Stephan A. Schwartz

A Sense of Proportion

(18) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 12:13 PM

Like many of you, I suspect, I have been closely following the story of government surveillance that has rocked the country, indeed, the world. I am appalled at the revelations, but not surprised. I was just about to leave government service, and give up my top secret clearances, when the...

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Meditate on This: the Practice Can Heal You in Less Than 11 Hours

(16) Comments | Posted September 4, 2011 | 12:40 PM

The sense of spiritual consciousness, connecting to something greater than oneself, is one of the most intoxicating realms a human can enter. Across the millennia, such experiences have shaped the lives of individuals and, upon occasion, whole cultures. The question for science is not to deny them, but to seek...

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The Illness Profit System and National Security, Part Three

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 10:58 AM

One of the wrong questions you will hear raised in the upcoming health care debate is this one: Aren't the poor outcomes in health care in the United States all the fault of the bad health choices Americans make? Stated baldly: "It's not our fault, it's those irresponsible citizens who...

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The Illness Profit System and National Security, Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 11:22 AM

One of the most cynical aspects of the Illness Profit System, is that it hides its rapacity, behind the smiling humanitarian face of the health professionals who administer the treatments. Thousands of hours of advertising, showing us friendly doctors and nurses being competent and compassionate, re-enforces the natural deference we...

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The Illness Profit System and National Security, Part One

(34) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 5:05 AM

Once, years ago, walking across Louis Kahn's magnificent campus designed for the Salk Institute, Jonas Salk answered my question about how he had seen so clearly what others had not seen. He said, "The answers are not the hard part. It is the questions. Asking the right question....

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Where Are the Family Doctors?

(167) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 2:49 PM

On Medscape Physician Connect (MPC) an online "physicians only" website, one primary care doctor wrote recently, "I laugh every time they discuss healthcare policy, the real issue should be how to save primary care."

I have a friend, Henry (I have changed his name for his privacy) who,...

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Willful Ignorance

(31) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 6:05 PM

The most important political and intellectual reality in America today can be seen in a 2006 CBS News poll, which found that a large segment of Americans "do not believe that humans evolved." This sentiment is usually discussed in religious terms. I suggest it should be seen as a political...

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Benjamin Franklin And a Modern American Portrait of Justice

(5) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 3:11 PM

It was Benjamin Franklin's view that where justice was absent, civil society was impossible. He and the other Founders agreed on the essential importance of justice in a democracy. I feel the same way, and you probably do as well. If you do you will probably be as appalled as...

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Benjamin Franklin And a Modern American Portrait of Physical Health and Hunger

(154) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 5:48 PM

No founder had as detailed a plan, or worked more diligently to create the kind of country he had in mind than Benjamin Franklin. Two things he knew were important were healthcare and having enough to eat. He was a founder of the first hospital on these...

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Benjamin Franklin and a Modern American Portrait -- Tax Cuts, Poverty, and Moving In

(6) Comments | Posted October 30, 2010 | 1:20 PM

Benjamin Franklin saw America as a democratic society: middle class, largely urban, technologically sophisticated, family centered, joyful, and upwardly mobile. The America we try to present to the world was largely Franklin's vision. But recently we have been oriented more towards Ayn Rand than Benjamin Franklin. And we have been...

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