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Creativity and Innovation

Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash We often falsely assume that all cultures encourage or even recognize the human urge to create and innovate. Some say that America is creative and innovative despite its governments’ policies, while others say that...

Invention, Innovation, and Intellectual Property

What does it mean to invent something?  Why is innovation important to us as individuals, to our economy, and our society overall?  How should our laws, regulations, and institutions be structured so as to best encourage, support, protect, and otherwise regulate...

The Future of Energy

Editors -Dennis Boyer and  Adolf Gundersen The development of this Public Discussion Report differed from the typical sanctuary project discussions that IF uses to generate its discussion reports. This project developed informally among initial online panels (one...

Anticipating Human Genetic Technology

Project Manager –Jeff Prudhomme What if, through the use of genetic technologies, all children could be born without disabilities? What if they were required to be?  Or what if these choices were only open to the wealthy?  What if your entire personal genome could...

Science

Project Manager - Mark Notturno Americans have long regarded science as a model of objective open inquiry. We have long relied upon science and scientists to 'speak truth to power'. And we have long appealed to scientists and scientific knowledge to inform public...