Snowden should be protected, acting in the public interest is a noble choice
I was pretty disappointed to read a post from fellow Big Think blogger, Steven Mazie. The backlash has been substantial, he has already had to rehash. His post begins with a cute picture of a cat, but the post is anything but cute. Mazie makes the following argument:
“Imagine if every one of the nearly 5 million Americans with access to government secrets took it upon themselves to leak anything they liked when they thought the public interest had been violated.”
Mazie thinks chaos would ensue, I think the world would be a better place. We have learned from history what happens when good men stand by and do nothing, it is a terrible thing that whistleblowers can now expect to have their lives ruined and even be tortured, this is not democracy. We should also remember that how we treat our dissidents and whistle-blowers sets precedents for less democratic nations. To act on one’s conscience and leak information that is believed to be in the public interest is a noble choice. Mazie concludes “Snowden must be prosecuted”, I conclude, Snowden must be protected.
The debate is summed up poetically by rap news, “we’re going to prosecute you for reason, I mean.. treason”.
Update: Steven Mazie has posted a reply to this post here, I've replied in the comments.
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VR's coolest feature? Boosting compassion and empathy.
- Virtual reality fills us with awe and adrenaline — and the technology is only at a crude stage, explains VR filmmaker Danfung Dennis. It's capable of inspiring something much greater in us: empathy.
- With coming technological advancements in pixel display, haptics, and sound tracking, VR users will finally be able to know what it's like to really take another person's perspective. Empathy is inherent in humans (and other animal species), but just as it can be squashed, it must be practiced in order to develop.
- "This ability to improve ourselves to become a more empathetic and compassionate society is what I hope we will use this technology for," Dennis says.
We have to practice doing nothing more often.
- Constantly being busy is neurologically taxing and emotionally draining.
- In his new book, Jon Kabat-Zinn writes that you're doing a disservice to others by always being busy.
- Busyness is often an excuse for the discomfort of being alone with your own thoughts.
That's a sharp increase from the 1960s when it took the same share of scientists an average of 35 years to drop out of academia.
- The study tracked the careers of more than 100,000 scientists over 50 years.
- The results showed career lifespans are shrinking, and fewer scientists are getting credited as the lead author on scientific papers.
- Scientists are still pursuing careers in the private sector, however there are key differences between research conducted in academia and industry.
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