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Self-driving cars: Loss of control makes self-drive unsafe

Raj Nair, the development chief of Ford Motor’s self driving cars, recently told the New York Times that in their current state, autonomous driving cars aren’t ready to take on complex driving situations. The comments came in the aftermath of the first fatal car crash to occur when a car …

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Autonomous driving: safer than the alternative

On May 7, 2016, Joshua Brown died behind the wheel of his Tesla Model S. He did not decelerate when a tractor-trailer turned left in front of him on US Highway 27 in Florida. The top half of his car was scraped off by the trailer; he spiraled out of …

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Using conservatism as a shield

Do you believe that the earth is round? Or that the sun is at the center of our universe? Or that gravity exists? Do you think that humans need food and water to survive? Well, these are really trick questions, because they aren’t really choices that you get to make. …

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Finding your passion

Conventional wisdom holds the idea that pursuing your dreams leads to a fulfilled life—that, by following a single, vested interest, you can achieve genuine happiness. Now, while the inspirational mainstay “Follow Your Dreams” may lead to an enjoyable career, its simplicity is often misleading: Passion isn’t easy to come by. …

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Bond between body, spirit and mind copy

“You just think that because you’re a bleeding heart Minnesota liberal,” my aunt accuses. “Maybe I am,” my dad declares loudly, “but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong. Please pass the turkey.” I sigh. Just a normal Thanksgiving dinner in Wisconsin. Not everyone’s Thanksgiving meal involves such political attacks, but most …

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An Examination of Sins and Virtues: Faith

The blazing Middle East sun scorches the backs of a group of men, huddled along a dusty dirt road. The straps of their sandals are worn and their bodies are weary, but their eyes are alive with their leader’s teachings. He stands at the head of the group, describing an …

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Building community? Get in line

The vice of greed is more than wanting more presents, even budging the lunch line is greed Every year you read the story. That one about the true meaning of Christmas, and how it’s not about getting, it’s about giving. This year, The Talon will give you a break from …

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Nervous and shaking slightly, a young teen holds a folder of sheet music to her chest, raising her hand to knock on a plain office door. It opens to the sound of guitar strings, vocal chords, ringing telephones: a world of music. She introduces herself as Carole King, curly ponytail …

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An Examination of Sins and Virtues: Gluttony

Considering the bonds between body, spirit and mind “You just think that because you’re a bleeding heart Minnesota liberal,” my aunt accuses. “Maybe I am,” my dad declares loudly, “but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong. Please pass the turkey.” I sigh. Just a normal Thanksgiving dinner in Wisconsin. Not everyone’s …

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An Examination of Sins and Virtues: Temperance

Controlling indulgence over small things can open the door to larger growth, freedom This continues a seven-part reflection on the Virtues and Vices. Temperance, or self-restraint, is the control that people have over themselves when they resist eating another cookie, watching just one more show on Netflix or quickly sending a …

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