Re: Whom would you like to interview, and what would you ask?
I would ask some of our most engaged and inspiring living philosophers--several come to mind: Charles Taylor, Martha Nussbaum, Robert Audi, Alisdair MacIntyre, among others--why Americans continue to emphasize in our public schools dumbed-down vocational programs and sports at the expense of curricula that truly challenges and inspires cultural awareness of our youth: the fine arts, philosophy, foreign languages, comparative religion, civics, literature, history, and geography? Aside from mediocre pedagogy, which plagues so many public school children, why is there such reticence (or dogged resistance) among so many Americans to such stimulating curricula? Of course, not all public schools are like this--there are great magnet programs out there, or a few oases of rigorous cultural education that emphasize critical thinking, cultural literacy, and international awareness. But on the whole, I'm so often disappointed at the willingness to be satisfied with job prep or infotainment.
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Neuroscience research suggests it might be time to rethink our ideas about when exactly a child becomes an adult.
- Research suggests that most human brains take about 25 years to develop, though these rates can vary among men and women, and among individuals.
- Although the human brain matures in size during adolescence, important developments within the prefrontal cortex and other regions still take pace well into one's 20s.
- The findings raise complex ethical questions about the way our criminal justice systems punishes criminals in their late teens and early 20s.
Three scientists publish a paper proving that Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth.
- Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?
- Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
- Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury!
A new method of growing mini-brains produces some startling results.
- Researchers find a new and inexpensive way to keep organoids growing for a year.
- Axons from the study's organoids attached themselves to embryonic mouse spinal cord cells.
- The mini-brains took control of muscles connected to the spinal cords.
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