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Old age is not a shipwreck, it is an unveiling

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Old age is too often presented as a time when people are no longer themselves and sink into delusions that are best despised. Thus, when De Gaulle speaks, in the first volume of his War Memoirs, of Pétain’s “shipwreck” (“Old…

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Enigmas of the universe, answers of humans.

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Allow me, for once, to distance myself from current events, at least in appearance. Every day brings us new, shocking descriptions of what the universe is like at a few distances from us. In particular, every day the James Webb…

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What if we really care about future generations?

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Not for a minute can you not hear a politician or a company director say with his hand on his heart that, naturally, he is only working in the interest of future generations, that he has only the environment in…

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Fighting terrorism, understanding subversion

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If we could stop using words indiscriminately, democracy would be much better off. Thus, terrorism should be defined as the attempt to influence the course of events, outside a state of war, by the exercise of violence against civilians, known…

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The time to live

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The debate on pensions is off to a bad start. Because we are focusing on the wrong questions and on outdated issues. Ever since pension systems were created (probably first for soldiers in the Roman army), a great many means…

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Sobriety and drunkenness

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Those who run states, churches, armies and companies have always tried to choose a word that could serve as a simple watchword to motivate their followers, their soldiers, their subjects and their employees. They have spoken of salvation, homeland, profit,…

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Dreaming, in billions of years

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The popular and worldwide success of the first photos from the new James Webb telescope tells us a lot about the state of the world. This telescope, launched by an Ariane 5 rocket from the Kourou space centre last December,…

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The illusion of time

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There is no theme that has been more studied and scrutinised than that of time. And the greatest thinkers, philosophical, religious and scientific, in all civilizations, have struggled to understand what this concept could be, whose reality is intuitively obvious,…

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