Author Archives: William Hooke

Do you hear what I hear?

Said the night wind to the little lamb, “Do you see what I see? Way up in the sky, little lamb, Do you see what I see? A star, a star, dancing in the night With a tail as big … Continue reading

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The Applied Sciences Program: NASA’s (almost) hidden treasure.

(The last few posts have focused on technology transfer, by various names; this present piece continues that line of thought.) It’s been a privilege to serve on several advisory groups over my career, but none has proved more interesting than … Continue reading

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Technology transfer: remedial reading.

Thanksgiving provided me time for family (never enough!), but it also gave opportunity for some remedial reading[1] bearing on the process by which scientific and technical advance are harvested for societal benefit. There’s much food for thought in these two … Continue reading

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Weekend thoughts, on Advent… and on R2O.

“…long lay the world, in sin and error pining, till He appeared, and the soul felt its worth.” – John Sullivan Dwight[1] “…Theophilus’ work on technology …underlines an important aspect of Christianity, namely, that the application of human industry was … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, Tech Transfer… and Tisquantum

Harvest festivals can be found among all peoples of the world and every religion, but what we call Thanksgiving has its origins in the English Protestant Reformation. Here’s an extended Wikipedia excerpt: “In the English tradition, days of thanksgiving and … Continue reading

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What kind of world is possible if we act effectively?

To review: LOTRW posts over the past two days have noted that in the Digital Revolution, just as in the earlier Industrial Revolution, we human beings are struggling to find our place. The Industrial Revolution began with human beings servicing … Continue reading

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Two postscripts to What kind of world is likely/do we want?

1. Lessons from history. Does humanity serve technology? Or does technology serve humanity? History books tell us that during the 19th century Industrial Revolution, the workweek could extend to 80 hours or even more. Those same books painted a gruesome picture … Continue reading

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What kind of world do we want?

“Here’s my policy on cake… I’m pro-having, and pro-eating.” – Boris Johnson, Politicians may not all be delightfully frank as London’s mayor, but they are well-known to want their cake and eat it too. But that’s unfair to politicians. They’re … Continue reading

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What kind of world is likely if we take no deliberate action?

It’s been awhile since we revisited the three questions on the LOTRW masthead. Today’s post and the two to follow give them a fresh look. Let’s stand back and take a running start with regard to the first one… What … Continue reading

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Speaking with one voice: building accord.

“If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to go far, walk together.” – African Proverb “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin “Hatred is so much … Continue reading

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