Comment of the Week: September 11th—17th, 2017

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Another week, another great selection of wit and wisdom from our Facebook audience. 


Three Big Problems With Facebook Activism

Danielle Ayn: Awareness does not equal any actual action to help the situation. You can be aware of of all the issues that social media brings to your attention but that doesnt mean it does anything about that issue.

Sheri Nevil: I think how helpful it is depends on the issue. For something like cancer research, no amount of awareness can replace the money that needs to be raised to fund the research. Sharing articles and posts to promote mental health awareness, for example, can do a lot to combat stigma and help people. I truly believe that the cause of marriage equality was sped up rapidly due to social media because people who were already supportive of it had a safe place to speak out, which in turn led to more people feeling safe and minds being changed more quickly than they would have before social media.

Hope Isn’t Blind: It’s a Way to Build Trust and Manage Anxiety

Sharyn N. Hall: Hope is a double edged sword. It's a beautiful thing that can give you the strength needed to go on when times are tough. It can also be false, and lead you to believe you'll get something that will never be yours. Wisdom is telling the difference.

This quote was edited slightly for the header image at the top of the page. - Ed.

Learning From Failure

Craig Giannelli: I've seen a lot of people quit, or not even try to do something because they were afraid of failing, or "not knowing what they're doing". What they're failing to see, is everyone starts out as a fumbling moron, but through repetition they learn and become more proficient. Failure is important, it teaches value of success.

When Experts Claim to Know the Unknowable

George Katsoros: This is why I always admit that I'm an idiot. I'd rather be a self-aware idiot than an oblivious one. It's not ideal, but it's not as bad.

Denise Pursell: (in reply to George, above. - Ed) Knowing that you don't know means that you are open to learning. I think that puts you in a much greater position than you give yourself credit for.

Being Busy Is Killing Our Ability to Think Creatively

Jorge EspinozaSome people like Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein are more inclined to think in the ways they thought. I'm not sure everyone would be making advances in science and technology if they had all the leisure time and resources they wanted. Then again you don't need a nation of Einsteins or Teslas. You just need to support the perhaps less than 10% of people who think in similar ways. Those people would have a disproportional positive effect on civilization much like Tesla and Einstein did.
 

Why Aren't More Women Openly Skeptical of Faith?

Lura Noss: In both religious and non-spiritual circumstances, many men strive to lecture women on what they should believe & how to behave. Only in Atheism, the lecturers call it 'logic' & 'higher reasoning' instead of 'god says so'. But the attitude is the same.

3D printing might save your life one day. It's transforming medicine and health care.

What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.

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  • Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
  • Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
  • Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
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Big Think Edge
  • In some fundamental ways, humans haven't changed all that much since the days when we were sitting around communal fires, telling tales.
  • Although we don't always recognize them as such, stories, symbols, and rituals still have tremendous, primal power to move us and shape our lives.
  • This is no less true in the workplace than it is in our personal lives.

Has a black hole made of sound confirmed Hawking radiation?

One of Stephen Hawking's predictions seems to have been borne out in a man-made "black hole".

Image source: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Surprising Science
  • Stephen Hawking predicted virtual particles splitting in two from the gravitational pull of black holes.
  • Black holes, he also said, would eventually evaporate due to the absorption of negatively charged virtual particles.
  • A scientist has built a black hole analogue based on sound instead of light.
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  • The word "creative" is sometimes waved around like a badge of honor. We speak of creativity in hushed tones, as the special province of the "talented". In reality, the creative process is messy, open, and vulnerable.
  • For this reason, creativity is often at its best in a group setting like brainstorming. But in order to work, the group creative process needs to be led by someone who understands it.
  • This sense of deep trust—that no idea is too silly, that every creative impulse is worth voicing and considering—is essential to producing great work.