The Captain’s Log

The captain on the bridge

Opinion: why we would rather spend money on beautiful yachts than the poor

I recall watching an America’s Cup race on television with a college classmate of mine. That was in 1992, when America’s Cup race management had just switched from the old, heavy 12-meter yachts to the newer and larger IACC yachts. Working with a new class of yacht the competitors were still trying things out, and… Continue reading Opinion: why we would rather spend money on beautiful yachts than the poor

Frankenstein’s Secret

Knowledge the shade of a shade, Yet must thou sail after knowledge Knowing less than drugged beasts“ –Ezra Pound I. The Moral of Science In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a young university student discovers the animating principle of life. He constructs an eight-foot tall human from several fresh corpses. “It was on a dreary night of… Continue reading Frankenstein’s Secret

You Bet Your Life

The story goes that once upon a time the famous philosopher and atheist Bertrand Russell was asked what he would say if he found himself standing before God, and God asks: “Why didn’t you believe in me?”   Russell replied: “I’d look him straight in the eye and say: ‘you didn’t give me enough evidence’”.… Continue reading You Bet Your Life

The Philosopher’s Sandbar

I sometimes find myself awake in the wee hours of the morning thinking:  “What the hell am I doing?”  I did a lot of education, and then seven years in the financial world. This was surely sufficient for a lucrative career track to a comfortable retirement.  But I only dreamed of going to sea, and… Continue reading The Philosopher’s Sandbar

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