Who Would Bet on a Future Olympics?

Feb 15, 2021

We didn’t suspect it at the time, but the 2016 Rio Olympics may have been the last ever summer games. There were clues. Until 2015, most of us hadn’t even heard of the Zika virus. First identified in 1947, it is transmitted by mosquitoes, typically causing asymptomatic or mild infection but...

What Explains the COVID-19 East-West Divide?
Jan 29, 2021

What Explains the COVID-19 East-West Divide?

The Science of Rebuilding Trust
Jan 22, 2021

The Science of Rebuilding Trust

How COVID-19 Stole Christmas
Dec 23, 2020

How COVID-19 Stole Christmas

Joe Biden Will Face a Much-Changed and Skeptical World

Joe Biden Will Face a Much-Changed and Skeptical World

Dec 14, 2020

Joe Biden was not elected for his positions on foreign policy and national security. Few US presidential candidates are. In his debates with outgoing President Donald Trump prior to the election, those issues were hardly discussed. So, the success or failure of the Biden presidency will not be...

Five Tools We Need to Fight Disinformation

Five Tools We Need to Fight Disinformation

Dec 14, 2020

According to the GLOBSEC Trends 2020 report, across Central and Eastern Europe, 34% believe that COVID-19 is a hoax designed to manipulate populations. With hundreds of deaths around the world occurring as a result of disinformation related to the coronavirus, the pandemic has demonstrated the...

Women Become Collateral Damage in COVID-19 Pandemic

Women Become Collateral Damage in COVID-19 Pandemic

Dec 01, 2020

Mao Zedong once stated that “Women hold up half the sky.” This has been particularly true over the past months with COVID-19 wreaking havoc across the globe. In fact, it is legitimate to claim that during the pandemic, women have held up significantly more than their share of the sky. Anyone...

Trusting Science in Times of Uncertainty

Trusting Science in Times of Uncertainty

Dec 01, 2020

In response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, there have been repeated calls to “trust the science.” The first definition in the Merriam-Webster dictionary for the word “science” is “the state of knowing,” while the third definition is “knowledge or a system of knowledge covering...

Can We Build Social Trust in an Online World?

Can We Build Social Trust in an Online World?

Nov 27, 2020

For every reader who bothers to write to the author, there must be a hundred others. One reader, Paritosh, wrote to Fair Observer regarding one of my articles that invoked well-understood principles of neuroplasticity to explain how any learning system, child or artificial intelligence (AI) can be...

Social Learning Can Help Transform Crisis Into Opportunity

Social Learning Can Help Transform Crisis Into Opportunity

Global events, such as announcements that an effective COVID-19 vaccine could be available before the year’s end or the outcome of the US election, have raised hopes that the schism between science and populist ideology may become a thing of the past. That, in our view, is somewhat naïve....

Where Do We Stand With the Pfizer Vaccine?

Where Do We Stand With the Pfizer Vaccine?

Nov 17, 2020

On Monday, November 9, BioNTech, a biotech company owned by a Turkish-German couple, Dr. Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci, together with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer shared some promising news in the wake of the intense race toward eradicating COVID-19. The preliminary but potentially conclusive...

The Perils of Federalism in Time of Pandemic

The Perils of Federalism in Time of Pandemic

Oct 27, 2020

Germany is a federation, and so are Belgium, Spain and Austria. Switzerland is a confederation — something of a federation plus. Federations consist of relatively autonomous entities, like states in the US, states and territories in Australia, provinces in Canada, Länder in Germany and Austria,...

Making the “Now Normal” Work

Making the “Now Normal” Work

Oct 26, 2020

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the associated lockdowns, it seemed like things would never wholly go back to how they were. We discovered that people could work efficiently from home without being monitored in the office. Students, some of whom had previously moved across the world...

Making the Right Decisions to Combat the Coronavirus

Making the Right Decisions to Combat the Coronavirus

Oct 23, 2020

If the current pandemic is a test of the global emergency response system, the international community is flunking big time. It has done just about everything wrong, from the failure to contain the coronavirus early on to the lack of effective coordination thereafter. As the predicted second wave...

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