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Month: January 2012

America’s Anne Frank

Originally published in Flourishing December 2011. November 11, 2011—Veteran’s Day—I was privileged to be in New York City, attending Nick Murray’s  Behavioral Strategies Conference.   I attend Nick’s conferences whenever I can, for the same reasons that I read his books, essays, and newsletter: Twenty years of reading Nick Murray has not just made me (I hope) a more effective advisor; it has (I know) made me a better husband, father, grandfather—and a better American. As one example, in the March 2010 issue of his newsletter, Nick reviewed and recommended Delayed… Read more America’s Anne Frank

Death: From Mystery to Solvable Problem?

Originally Published in Flourishing December 2011 Elsewhere in this newsletter, I mention the fact that when I was born, human life expectancy in the United States was 62.9 years.  When my father was born in 1917, it was about 56 years.  A white male born in 2004 had a life expectancy of 75 years, and a white female had a life expectancy of more than 80 years. Do you detect a trend here?  This essay is a thought experiment, but not just a thought experiment: Robert Freitas of the Institute for… Read more Death: From Mystery to Solvable Problem?