Noam Chomsky on Nixon, Art and Bees
In a whirlwind interview, Chomsky explains how Richard Nixon is a left-wing radical, how the ultimate expression of science is art and what climate change has to do with communism.
What's the Latest Development?
Noam Chomsky, one of the world's most active and public thinkers, argues that Richard Nixon would be considered a left-wing radical by today's Republican standard. The party is dismantling environmental law that Nixon himself established and the GOP's attacks against climate change, says Chomsky, resemble the old communist parties where everyone was expected to repeat ideology in lock-step. "These are interesting, important things happening in the richest and most powerful country in the world that we should be very much concerned about," he says.
What's the Big Idea?
When it comes to human nature, i.e. the properties and characteristics that are intrinsic to our species, Chomsky believes the investigation may be so complex as to defy science, though that should not surprise anyone. As phenomena become increasingly complex they proceed to broader sciences, from physics to chemistry, from chemistry to biology, from biology to psychology, and from psychology to sociology. When science checks out, says Chomsky, art checks in. So novelists may have more to tell us about human nature than scientific disciplines.
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Antimicrobial resistance is growing worldwide, rendering many "work horse" medicines ineffective. Without intervention, drug-resistant pathogens could lead to millions of deaths by 2050. Thankfully, companies like Pfizer are taking action.
- Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are one of the largest threats to global health today.
- As we get older, our immune systems age, increasing our risk of life threatening infections. Without reliable antibiotics, life expectancy could decline for the first time in modern history.
- If antibiotics become ineffective, common infections could result in hospitalization or even death. Life-saving interventions like cancer treatments and organ transplantation would become more difficult, more often resulting in death. Routine procedures would become hard to perform.
- Without intervention, resistant pathogens could result in 10 million annual deaths by 2050.
- By taking a multi-faceted approach—inclusive of adherence to good stewardship, surveillance and responsible manufacturing practices, as well as an emphasis on prevention and treatment—companies like Pfizer are fighting to help curb the spread.
Long hidden under trees, it's utterly massive
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Christmas has many pagan and secular traditions that early Christians incorporated into this new holiday.
- Christmas was heavily influenced by the Roman festival of Saturnalia.
- The historical Jesus was not born on December 25th as many contemporary Christians believe.
- Many staple Christmas traditions predated the festival and were tied into ancient pagan worship of the sun and related directly to the winter solstice.
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