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Achenblog: June 29, 2008 - July 5, 2008

Solve the Biggest Problem

Gave a talk this morning about my George Washington book, and had an excellent and attentive crowd that for some reason came out at 7:45 on a glorious Aspen morning to hear about some dead guy's canal obsession. Introduced...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 3, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (264)
 
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The Ute Trail

It is not true, not true at all, that I've spent the whole time hiking and taking pictures of wildflowers and goof-off stuff like that. No, I've been to many sessions, including a great one this afternoon on the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 2, 2008; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
 
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Our Creepy Future

David Brooks, who when not banging out columns for the Times is writing a book about the brain, told us today at the Ideas Camp that brain researchers don't believe in free will. They're trying to figure out what...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 1, 2008; 7:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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Avoid Being Spaghettified

Quote of the day so far: "Knowing things is very 20th century. You just need to be able to find things." -- Danny Hillis [on how Google has changed the way we think] -- Brian Greene, who hangs his...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 1, 2008; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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At Ideas Camp

[Aspen, Tuesday morning] A glorious morning at Ideas Camp! What a boondoggle this is. No amount of blogging could possibly make this turn into anything resembling what ordinary Americans call "work." The Institute is putting me up in the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 1, 2008; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Big Ideas; Bad Decisions

I'm about to jump on a plane to Aspen for the Aspen Ideas Festival. Sadly I have no ideas with me, other than the idea that I'd like to get reimbursed for the insane roaming charges that I incurred...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 30, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
 
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