It seems acceptable, even preferable to be ignorant these days. Once upon a time an elite education was seen as an achievement, whereas nowadays we lionize the opposite. When else could a Sarah Palin be a valid candidate for an incredibly important position? She's poured scorn on the 'elite' as if knowledge and ability were somehow dangerous and not to be trusted. Once upon a time we wanted our leaders to be qualified, to be sophisticated and well rounded... what happened? The corollary for this site is uneducated, unqualified people posting wild postulations about things and claiming they have a base in science when they do not. People post conclusions based on a flawed premise and are bewildered when challenged on same as they have never bumped into the phrase 'intellectual rigour'. Some people need to see critical thinking as a positive and not as a threat.
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.
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.
A new study shows that some men's reaction to sex is not what you'd expect, resulting in a condition previously observed in women.
- Climate change is no longer a financial problem, just a political one.
- Mitigating climate change by decarbonizing our economy would add trillions of dollars in new investments.
- Public attitudes toward climate change have shifted steadily in favor of action. Now it's up to elected leaders.
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