A Deepening Cognitive Divide?
Two or three technological areas are likely to transform life in the 21st century ... while also being so counter-intuitive to so many people that they're just as likely to leave millions in a state of incomprehension.
Some top candidates:
1) Quantum physics (computing, cryptology, nanotechnology):
Leaving common-sense, big-world thinking behind and embrace chaos, ambiguity, and physical forces we never experience
2) Virtual worlds (commerce, gaming, communication):
Thinking in deep and complex metaphors, parallel identities and rule systems
3) Modeling of complex adaptive systems (market analysis, policymaking, ecology):
Thinking in non-linear terms, fuzzy logic, probability, self-organizing systems, and punctuated equilibria
How will the vast majority of people be able to keep up? Our education systems are failing as equalizers on so many levels. Our living spaces are awash in neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors. The grip of poverty grows tighter everywhere.
Where is it all going?
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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