Re: Anti-intellectual America
Generally, there's a lack of visible intellectual role-models so anti-intellectual messages (even the subliminal ones) win out. The media reflects but also creates our society. Our TV-dominated, sport-obsessed culture celebrates a select few skills like movie actor/actress, singer, pro footballer or wrestler. This media rarely grants time to any intellectual or technical careers in a non-derogatory way (except maybe Mythbusters & CSI). In the end we get saturated by 'Who's-dating-who in Hollywood' because we watch the stuff. The sad part of this cycle is that media folks then avoid more intellectual topics because they think the audience won't care about them. The best role models are probably teachers and parents, so teaching needs to be a well rewarded and respected, career and parents must lead by example.
Recently, we have also seen a dangerous anti-intellectual trend in conservative politicians, as science highlights many 'inconvenient truths' conflicting with their thinking.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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