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Privacy vs. Public Health
We don't routinely test people for AIDS or HIV when they're admitted to hospitals -- or when they're pregnant. We don't routinely insist that the sex or needle-sharing partners of infected people be sought out and notified. If there were once persuasive reasons for not doing these things, the author writes, there aren't any longer.
by Chandler Burr
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Do We Consume Too Much?
From a strictly materialistic point of view, the author argues, the common idea that increasing consumption will lead to depletion and scarcity is mistaken: "It is simply wrong to believe that nature sets physical limits to economic growth." But there is more to it than that.
by Mark Sagoff
Notes & Comment: The Positive Negative
A connoisseur savors his favorite American speech anomaly.
by Ian Frazier
Philosophy: The Wittgenstein Controversy
The 30,000 pages of manuscript that Ludwig Wittgenstein left behind have prompted more feuding than philosophizing.
by Evelyn Toynton
Society: Slow Death in the Great Plains
No longer just leaving America's heartland, people aren't even being born there.
by Harlow A. Hyde
Americana: Late Edition
The author remembers a printing press, and one story it never told -- its own.
by John Fleischman
Fiction & Poetry
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Tagging the Stealer
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Music: The Man From Heaven
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