See You At Skepticon!
As I mentioned earlier, I'll be at Skepticon IV this weekend in Springfield, Missouri, and I'm eagerly looking forward to it. Given the sheer number of fantastic speakers, we're at serious risk of overwhelming the laws of physics and collapsing the fabric of reality into a singularity of skeptical awesomeness.
There's going to be a meetup for atheist and skeptic bloggers Saturday night at 9:30, at the Farmers' Gastropub, and I definitely plan on attending. If you're also going to be there, come and say hi! I'll also be in the area on Friday night and Sunday night, and I assume other gatherings will be taking place, so I'll post details on those if and when I have them.
I'll report from the convention if I can, though blogging will most likely be light through the weekend. (I hear that PZ is glad for all the young people coming this year, as we're needed to, quote, "soak up all the alcohol". Eek?)
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
It marks a major shift in the government's battle against the opioid crisis.
- The nation's sixth-largest drug distributor is facing criminal charges related to failing to report suspicious drug orders, among other things.
- It marks the first time a drug company has faced criminal charges for distributing opioids.
- Since 1997, nearly 222,000 Americans have died from prescription opioids, partly thanks to unethical doctors who abuse the system.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
The real Game of Thrones might be who best leverages the hit HBO show to shape political narratives.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren argues that Game of Thrones is primarily about women in her review of the wildly popular HBO show.
- Warren also touches on other parallels between the show and our modern world, such as inequality, political favoritism of the elite, and the dire impact of different leadership styles on the lives of the people.
- Her review serves as another example of using Game of Thrones as a political analogy and a tool for framing political narratives.
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