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“What is Creative Uncertainty?  Start with the CIA model.  There is a secret you have to find out.  But it might be impossible to find out.  We don’t know what is currently happening in distant galaxies.  We receive only news of their remote past, because information cannot travel faster than light.”

-David Keppel



The Necessity of Philosophy

At one point in the development of Creative Uncertainty, my father and I took scissors to the manuscript and laid the scraps, sentence by sentence, on the living room sofa.  Then we assembled it in reverse order.  One version went from the Big Bang at the beginning of...

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Uncertainty is Not Just a State of Mind

We associate uncertainty with a state of mind: the inability to decide.  Actually, however, uncertainty has its roots in a state of the world, not just a state of mind, as when the outcome is balanced between two or more points.  We have to overcome centuries of...

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Father & Son

Reflections on my Collaboration with John Keppel My life – or at least my memory – begins on the afternoon of November 22, 1963, the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Our family lived in Rio de Janeiro, where my father was Political Counselor of the U.S....

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Uncertainty in an Age of Existential Risk

Ours are the first generations in history to face existential risk: the risk that we will extinguish life on Earth.  The fact that this risk confronts us in more than one form suggests that the problem is systemic, with deep roots in our ways of thinking and acting.  ...

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About David

DAVID KEPPEL is a writer and peace activist. Born in Rome, Italy, he is the son of a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. He grew up in Washington, DC, Rio de Janeiro, and New York City. He was educated at the Phillips Exeter Academy, Winchester College (the English public school) and New College, Oxford. He received a B.A., M.A. with First Class Honors in English Language and Literature from Oxford.

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