(This is the first in a series of observations on our pandemic times.)

Several months ago, on the near side of the pandemic that’s reminded us of our place in nature, I did an essay on Martha ("Martha's Anniversary") — the last passenger pigeon, who left this earth over a hundred years ago. I then embarked on two long thought exercises. One had to do with the nature and value of information, its protection, and how to develop policy statements that are strong, direct, and easy to understand...

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