Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

Case for Genetic Study Remains Under Debate As a scientist and author who served for 35 years as a professor of engineering and physics at Drexel University, I believe I can add some perspective to the Ashkenazi gene study reported in the Jewish Exponent (Cover story: "Smarter, but Sicker?" June 16). First, "the researchers say they had difficulty finding a...
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Judea Pearl
The age of terror, it seems, has sprouted an era of dialogue. A host of conferences meant to bring together East and West have been cropping up. There was World Economic Forum's recent Middle East regional summit in Jordan. A few weeks before the star-studded Mideast "Davos" conference, I had the opportunity to attend the similarly high level U.S.-Islamic World...
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Douglas M. Bloomfield
Stinging political rhetoric is nothing new, but with the nation facing unprecedented challenges at home and abroad, today's venomous talk is producing dangerous paralysis in Washington. Top Bush advisor Karl Rove's recent accusation that liberals are soft on terrorism was just recycled red baiting; the left's charge that the right is a bunch of intolerant jingoists also echoes decades-old political...
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Eat It Up!
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Bucks, which bills itself as The Art + Culture + Lifestyle Magazine, is an oversized, glossy, picture-book kind of publication that must be giving Philadelphia magazine apoplexy, since it's been getting better each time it appears. The May/June number, christened "The Decadence Issue," is fairly typical of what the magazine is trying to accomplish: living opulently "from Philadelphia to New...
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Leonard Fein
There is an old saw: If you want to get a mule's attention, hit him on the head with a two-by-four. Now try this: Think of the word "gulag" as a two-by-four, and pick your own favorite mule. All the world's press covered the flap that resulted from Amnesty International's use of the word "gulag" to describe the American prison...
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