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  • Freethink Media on the Folly of the Overpopulation Panic

    April 7, 2017

    The creative techno-optimists over at Freethink Media have just released an excellent video looking back at one of the biggest controversies of the 20th Century. The fact that we don’t usually still talk about it is a testament to human achievement and a caution about believing doomsday predictions.

    The issue was overpopulation, and the inevitable (or so we were told) cycle of starvation and misery that would result from their being too many people in the world. The...

  • March 27 Is International Whisk(e)y Day!

    March 27, 2017

    Cheers! It’s International Whisk(e)y Day! Not to be confused with World Whisky Day (May 20). What should you do to celebrate? Anything you like!

    International Whisk(e)y Day doesn’t discriminate. It embraces those who prefer whiskey and those who prefer whisky! Meet up with friends and try something new, open that mysterious bottle you’ve been saving, introduce someone new to your favorite spirit. Raise a glass! But International Whisk(e)y Day is bigger than just a glass of whiskey, because we know, “there’s more to whiskey than what’s in the glass.”

    International Whisk(e)y Day celebrates the life and birthday of Michael Jackson. No, not that Michael Jackson, the other Michael Jackson. Who? The renowned British beer and spirits writer who published The World Guide to Beer in 1977. Imagine...

  • Let's Make a Commitment to Human Ingenuity

    March 24, 2017

    Tomorrow, between 8:30 and 9:30 PM, environmental activists will show their commitment to Mother Nature by sitting in the dark for so-called “Earth Hour.” But paying homage to the Earth for an hour a year, isn’t going to change anything. It only showcases the fact that green activists choose to ignore what really makes the world a safer and better place to live: human ingenuity. 

    That is why, as the greens bump around in the dark, CEI urges individuals to turn on the lights and celebrate Human Achievement Hour. We turn on the lights and acknowledge that human creativity, fostered by free markets and free minds, is the source of improving people’s quality of life.

    And these achievements are not exclusive to those who live in wealthy nations. Expanding economic activity and technological development is...

  • Human Achievement of the Day: The Written Word

    March 22, 2017

    What makes human beings unique? It isn’t tool use. Finches, otters, baboons, and many other of our fellow animals use sticks, rocks, and more to build nests and find food.

    Nor is it agriculture, though that particular revolution remains one of the most important events in human history...

  • Harm-Reducing Tobacco Alternatives Are a Human Achievement

    March 21, 2017

  • Human Achievement of the Day: Don't Buy the Hyperloop, Bet on Self-Driving Cars

    March 18, 2016

    Futuristic transportation technology often captures the imaginations of the press and public. Sometimes, it’s hype-driven nonsense: think the mysterious “IT” that became the mockery-inducing Segway or Elon Musk’s more recent vomit-inducing death-tube proposal appropriately named the Hyperloop, which has managed to hoodwink the dumber segments of the tech press as well as the government of Slovakia.

    Beyond the problems...

  • Human Achievement of the Day: Fighting Mosquito-Borne Diseases with Technology

    March 17, 2016

    For millennia, mosquitos have wreaked havoc on mankind, passing along myriad deadly or debilitating diseases. Mankind’s clever interventions—from screened windows to pesticides—have helped greatly control mosquito-transmitted diseases in developed nations. Until recently, the hope of getting such diseases under control in poor developing nations any time soon appeared dim. But thanks to some new technologies in this field, there’s cause for some optimism.

    Ultimately, economic growth offers the best solution in these nations because it would allow them to transition to sealed homes with modern heating and air conditioning and windows with screens—separating man from mosquito for much of the time. In addition, modern agricultural practices would mean, fewer people would be needed to produce food,...

  • Human Achievement Hour: An Enlightened Choice for Saturday Night

    March 16, 2016

    It’s a fun time of year . . . at CEI HQ anyway. Once again we prepare to celebrate Human Achievement Hour—the holiday we started as a tongue-and-cheek response to Earth Hour.

    On March 19th at 8:30-9:30pm, Earth Hour protestors will turn off their lights to express solidarity with the planet and “do something” about climate change. At the same time, HAH partiers will turn on the lights, drive to a pub, or engage in some other enjoyable activity to cheer the products of human ingenuity that allow us all to live better, longer, healthier lives and to applaud the institutions of liberty on which innovation, prosperity, and human flourishing depend.

    If people want to save money by using less electricity and gas, more “power” to them. But the dogma that conservation always pays for itself, hence consumers...

  • Human Achievement of the Day: Fashion

    March 16, 2016

    On March 19, I will celebrate Human Achievement Hour instead of Earth Hour. The choice is easy: take an hour out of the evening to feel thankful for the many inventions and innovations that make life better versus an hour

  • Human Achievement of the Day: Polio Eradication

    March 15, 2016

    Polio used to be a parent’s worst nightmare. The virus mostly affects children, and hampers the brain’s ability to communicate with muscles. While its effects are usually temporary, polio can lead to permanent paralysis and even death. If the paralysis reaches the respiratory system, victims will be unable to breathe on their own, which led to the depressing sight of hospital wards filled with rows and rows of iron lungs (pictured below). Polio can...

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