I've published the following essay in "Skeptical Inquirer":
Stem Cell Research: Still Embattled After All These Years (2017)
And these in "Skeptic Magazine":
The Opioid Epidemic Misunderstood (2019)
Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, and the Skeptical Humanist Tradition (2017)
Radically Wrong in Berkeley (2017)
California's $3-Billion Experiment in Public Science: Stem Cell Research (2017)
Winning the Vaccination War in California (2016)
And these essays in "Tikkun
Film Review: Hannah Arendt and the "Banality of Evil" (2014)
Illness and Innocence (2014)
Art and Science: A Marriage Made in Heaven? (2013)
Life of Plants (2010)
Can We Integrate Science and Ethics?
at the Millennium: Still Caught between Descartes and Spinoza (March/April
The Stem Cell Wars: A Reply to Rifkin (July/August 2002)
Armed with Apples: Cultural
Contradictions of the New Networking Technologies (2000)
Angel of History: Walter
Benjamin’s Vision of Hope and Despair (1999)
This essay reports the astonishing result of surgery on my cataracted eyes:
Cataract Surgery Blues
These are some of the writings I've published in "The Berkeley Daily Planet
Whither Berkeley High? An Interview with the New Principal
Alzheimer's Disease -- How Long Before We Find a Cure?
The MLK Monument: In the Style of Soviet Social Realism?
Phones: Hazardous to Your Health?
Is Stem Cell Research a New Bay Area Revolution?
With the assistance of co-author Joanne Brasil, I penned
Hildegard's Wandertheater. We did a staged reading of this play in the synagogue in Dresden Germany in
In Computers, Dolphins, and Dreams: the Crisis of the Self in the Age of
Information (Routledge), I explore the possibility that
computers, like automobiles before them, echo back to us metaphorical
representations of our own experience and agency. Human identity itself is
entwined with technological circumstance.
I'm interested in the history and prospects of social democracy here in the United States and worldwide. Focusing on the case of Germany, I created this website:
The Promise of Social Democracy: Rosa Luxemburg, Eduard Bernstein, and Hannah Arendt