Did an early mistake in Edward Hirsch's life lead him to forge a career in poetry? "When I was eight years old my grandfather died...After he died I went down to the basement of my family house...and there was an anthology without any names attached to it. I read a poem called 'Spellbound' [by Emily Brontë] and I somehow attached it to my grandfather’s death and I thought my grandfather had written it...I didn’t sit down then and start writing poems, but it was in the back of my mind."
Hirsch sat down with Big Think to talk about the act of creating (and reading) poetry, which to him is a messy process that has evolved over the years, but still doesn't include systematic revisions. As for commenting on the future of poetry in this era of digital media and short attention spans, Hirsch isn't one to hide his concerns. In the end, he believes that poetry will continue to survive—but if people can't pay attention, it might save fewer souls.
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Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
- If it were not for our oceans, the planet would probably be already several degrees warmer than it is today due to the emissions we've expelled into the atmosphere.
Yes, a coup d'état.
- Though we know today that his policies eventually ended the Great Depression, FDR's election was seen as disastrous by some.
- A group of wealthy bankers decided to take things into their own hands; they plotted a coup against FDR, hoping to install a fascist dictator in its stead.
- Ultimately, the coup was brought to light by General Smedley Butler and squashed before it could get off the ground.
Michael Dowling, Northwell Health's CEO, believes we're entering the age of smart medicine.
- The United States health care system has much room for improvement, and big tech may be laying the foundation for those improvements.
- Technological progress in medicine is coming from two fronts: medical technology and information technology.
- As information technology develops, patients will become active participants in their health care, and value-based care may become a reality.
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