This Week In Comments: August 14th—20th

Another great week in Big Think comments. 

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Health, Wealth and Security? Science Did That

1. Teemu Laitinen 

 Why aren't governments composed or created of scientists? Some day I want to see even ONE country with a government of scientists. And their advisors could be loyers and so fort. All those people, who are all in power right now. Let the scientists lead.

2. Alan Rast

Interesting. The people who believe in God say that God gave us everything. Science measures it, tries to understand it, explain it, but I'm not sure that it would be wholly correct to say that science GAVE it to us. And science, for all it's wonder, is still just a different version of another religion, with zealots and adherents to disproved theories and beliefs.

David Duke's Godson Now Opposes White Nationalism

1. Rhonda Newberry Hile 

This reinforces my belief that people are intrinsically good and have to be taught to hate. Respect for his courage in turning away from hate at the cost of his family's acceptance.

2. Nicholas Chiasson

In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde, with his indomitable wit, wrote 'now, the value of an idea has nothing whatsoever to do with the sincerity of the man [sic] who expresses it'. Discounting a position because of other ideas or actions that the interlocutor might have participated in or expressed in the past is an entirely fallacious and counterproductive model: beliefs & ideas exist independently and should be considered on their own merits alone — not necessarily as an extension of their expresser's platform. Sure, her narrative is anecdotal, but there's value in sharing stories like this. Effectively challenging an individual's beliefs — even if said individual is a radical and holds repugnant views — relies on rationally engaging with them, as individuals, rather than violently haranguing them and feeding the innate victim-complex at the core of nearly all radical ideologies. This is why deradicalization programmes depend fundamentally on re-education rather than shaming.

Cohousing Could Help Solve Some of the World’s Most Pressing Problems

1. Neil Musilek

I've been around cohousing in the past. 96% are happier because 4% end up doing all the work and 75% are healthier because the other 25% are sacrificing to take care of them. It only works for those that can sit back and watch others work.

2. Cheryl Ostor 

We moved to a village in France. We live in little town houses close together and we have local grocery stores, butcher, bakeries, farmer's market, bars, restaurants, music festivals, sports within a few blocks away and bus/trains to visit larger cities. We are surrounded by hilly trails, vineyards, beach/sea within walking distance. It is basically the same thing, the old fashioned way.

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

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Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

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Think you’re bad at math? You may suffer from ‘math trauma’

Even some teachers suffer from anxiety about math.

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Mind & Brain

I teach people how to teach math, and I've been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I've met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma – a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics.

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A world map of Virgin Mary apparitions

She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.

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  • For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
  • These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
  • Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
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How KGB founder Iron Felix justified terror and mass executions

The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
  • The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
  • The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
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