Privacy and Accountability in an age of increasing surveilance. The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Security made Brin a prominent voice in the debates over information openness and the value of light in the modern world. Articles, books and media about the central issue of our age.
Resources for using Science Fiction in the Classroom to help turn kids on to reading....and the future. How to inspire kids and increase literacy. Along with lists of recommended science fiction books for young adults.
History: Past vs Future: A collection of articles exploring our take on history...and the future: a Look-Backward View vs. a modern Look-Forward View. Optimism vs. pessimism. Does history run in cycles? Are there patterns?
Is nostalgia (e.g. for the 1950s or for the Neolithic) justified? How do Republicans and Democrats wage war? What was the "Miracle of 1947"? Why was the flick "300" filled with outright historical lies? And is Class War inevitable? Above all, can we learn enough from the past to alter and improve the future?
Novel concepts for a moderate approach on gun control, science, environmental and econonic policy. Radical suggestions propose 'fixing' problems of Gerrymandering and the Electoral College. A Transparent Ownership Treaty suggests that individuals must openly state and claim what they own, without hiding under nested shell companies.
How can Science Fiction illuminate Science in the Classroom? A collection of articles and resources for using science fiction to illustrate basic concepts of science -- and to inspire kids. Links to science fiction curricula, lists of recommended books and stories, as well as movies that can make science accessible to students.
Projecting toward the future: Advances that shape our world. A diverse collection of articles and media that look at about how technological and social changes are molding our future -- the world of tomorrow.
Where is everybody? We ponder a Great Silence from a cosmos that ought to be filled with voices. Do you have a favorite explanation? Come and see more than a hundred catalogued or discussed. An exploration of the science behiind one of the crucial questions of our time.
Articles explore the science behind the Drake Equation, and the Fermi Paradox, as well as controversial proposals for METI, or Beaming Messages to Aliens.
Preparing for the worst: Citizen involvement in emergency planning. Throughout the 20th Century, the trend in our culture was monotonic, toward ever-increasing reliance on protection and coddling by institutions, formally deliberated procedures and official hired guns... none of which availed us at all on September 11, 2001. Rather, events that day seem to suggest a reversal, toward the older notion of a confident, self-reliant citizenry.
Wonders of science, space and the future. As an astrophysicist, Brin has studied our solar system and beyond. Also articles published in major journals on topics ranging from addiction theory to human evolution to dispute resolution.
(See also the separate scoop just about SETI: The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (below)).
Libertarianism: Finding a New Path: A collection of articles reflecting on libertarianism, its successes and failures, in the modern world. An exploration of politics and economics -- and how Libertarianism might evolve to better address the problems of tomorrow.
Will humans 'uplift' higher mammals, such as chimps and dolphins? An exploration of David Brin's Uplift Universe, including background materials, bonus stories, author commentary, and in depth information on planets, languages, and alien species. Also the science that might make it all come true.