Noam Chomsky, longtime chronicler of the gap between political bombast and legislative boorishness, recently sat down with Big Think to discuss a variety of issues, from his thoughts on Obama, to linguistics, taxes, protesting, love, and the beauty of the “people whose names you’ll never hear.”
When asked to evaluate Obama’s leadership thus far, Chomsky, an avowed anarchist by the age of 12, was unimpressed with any of the president’s current accomplishments. For Chomsky, Obama’s main virtues are in a negative sense—as he has “retracted” some of the more “extreme Bush positions” on issues like nuclear policy or imposed conditions for Cuba . Obama, Chomsky, says, has proven to be exactly what the linguist had imaged always thought he was, not a beacon of change, but a “familiar center democrat.”
Chomsky also leveled against the president’s treatments of the American workforce and the energy crisis, namely his avoidance of the most necessary and efficacious way to solve the crisis—to actually harness the power of the American workforce as we did during WWII to construct high-speed transit. Currently, “the government and the corporate sector, [are] dismantling the sector of the industrial apparatus, that could very well produce high-speed transit. The automobile industry could be re-tooled for high-speed transit. Much more radical steps have been taken.
After discussing the great unknowables of language, Chomsky, whose wife of 59 years passed away last December, weighed in on the concept of love, describing its “unbreakable grip,” and the hard fact that “life is empty without it.”
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
You wouldn't think even a 10-second break would help, but it does.
Some books had a profound influence on Einstein's thinking and theories.
- Einstein had a large library and was a voracious reader.
- The famous physicist admitted that some books influenced his thinking.
- The books he preferred were mostly philosophical and scientific in nature.
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