Saturday, May 11, 2002

A Nation Like Ours: Why Americans stand with Israel
David Gelernter is both smart and wise. I know him from the world of virtual reality, whose depths he plumbed as nobody else had in his book, Mirror Worlds. His father, Herbert, taught a seminar at Stony Brook (SUNY) in 1972 that was my introduction to artificial intelligence (much needed today, since the real stuff is in such short supply).

But the full power and flowering of David's writing only came after he was almost killed by the Unibomber. He recorded in Reader's Digest, beautifully, the coming together of his awareness of his duties as a family man, a Jew, and a citizen. This Weekly Standard piece reflects his lucid thinking and his love for all people.