Ayn Rand

The Political Spectrum (Part II) — The Center: A Democracy or a Constitutional Republic?

"...Republicans, Libertarians, and Objectivists (i.e., the political philosophy of Ayn Rand [1905-1982; photo, left] the great Russian-American author, novelist and thinker) believe the functions of government are limited to those immediately enumerated in the U.S. Constitution..."


Political Spectrum HorseshoeThe Political Spectrum (Part I): The Totalitarian Left from Communism to Social Democracy

"The Right versus Left...political arrangement came from the seating position of National Assembly delegates during the French Revolution, but ... I have found it easier to have a political spectrum based on degrees of government control."


Stalin's Mysteriious DeathStalin's Mysterious Death

In a historic medical article published in Surgical Neurology International, Dr. Faria cites compelling evidence that the Soviet dictator was likely poisoned under the direction of his right hand henchman, Lavrenti Beria, with the very probable connivance of Nikita Khrushchev, who eventually succeeded Stalin and went on to dismantle Stalin's Cult of Personality and expose the "errors" of the former regime.


Young Stalin Book Title for Young Stalin

Absorbing, and authoritative biography of Joseph Stalin's early years — from Georgia bandit to Red Tsar!


American Flag 

America, Guns and Freedom — An International Perspective

...Guns in the hands of law‑abiding citizens deter crimes, and nations that trust their citizens with firearms have governments that sustain liberty and affirm individual freedom...


Gun control

Gun Control and the Hallmarks of Tyranny — A Reappraisal

Gun control, along with loss of liberty and repression, features in the unfolding, authoritarian designs of a burgeoning police state.


United NationsThe UN and Gun Rights — Taking a Soporific or Guarding the Precious Jewel?

Guarding our Second Amendment rights from usurpation by the UN Small Arms Treaty is paramount.


I'd like to exchange ObamaCare
"And we better get used to the rationing and lack of choices we will increasingly be facing, as American medicine becomes more and more socialized..."


Russian President Vladimir PutinRussia's invasion of the Ukraine — Tsarism or Stalinism anew?

Just as I was beginning to warm up to Vladimir Putin...the Russian President and his minions in the Ukraine invade the Crimean peninsula and threaten to foment a second cold war!


Who Will Blink First?Obama's Mid-term Report Card — Foreign Policy at a glance!

Barack Obama swore as U.S. President to uphold the Constitution of the United States....


Obama's Report Card 2014 Civil LibertyObama's Mid-term (Spring 2014) Report Card — Protecting the Personal Freedom of Americans!

...A look at his job of protecting the civil liberties and personal freedom of Americans...

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

A review of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (2004)

This book is the most comprehensive biography of Alexander Hamilton released in modern times. It tells the story well and is written in florid detail supported by a fount of scholarly research and previously undisclosed material from Hamilton's voluminous writings. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) was born in the West Indies (Nevis), descended from the laird of Grange in Scotland on his father's side of the family and from French Huguenots on his mother's side. Brought up in relative poverty, Hamilton was soon recognized as a child prodigy by Hugh Knox, a Presbyterian minister in the islands. As an extremely proficient clerk at a Counting House in St. Croix, young Alexander Hamilton's employers also appreciated his precocity and intelligence. Knox arranged for Hamilton, now age 17, to receive financial assistant from the admiring islanders, who backed Hamilton to travel to America and study on scholarship. America was then a land in revolutionary turmoil, rebelling against British rule. As a student, Hamilton soon became embroiled in the heat of politics and revolution. Hamilton studied at Kings College (later Columbia...



Thursday, May 15, 2014

This interview resulted in the May 14, 2014 article, "U.S. Experts urge focus on ethics in brain research" by Kerry Sheridan, AFP Correspondent. The article was distributed through the NewsCred Smartwire, Agence France Presse.

Kerry Sheridan, Agence France-Presse (AFP): Hi Dr. Faria, I'm working on a story about calls for consideration of ethics in neuroscience research, and I was wondering if I could interview you about your thoughts on the need for ethical oversight in neuroscience?

My questions on neuroscience ethics are:
 
1. Is it possible to make sure certain ethics are adhered to in neuroscience, whether in a single country or globally?
 
2. What do you think are the greatest dangers in modern neuroscience?
 
3. This commission is calling for ethics to be considered, but has not defined any standards. Would that be harder to do? What kinds of boundaries should neuroscientists respect?
 
Thanks so much!
Best,
Kerry

Dr. Miguel Faria (Answers): I will combine your questions and answer them together as follows: Yes. This worthwhile goal is feasible, as long as neuroscientists...