This Week in Comments: November 26th—December 3rd, 2017

It's that time again. Are you ready to throw down the wit-gauntlet and put those potently chucklesome or chin-strokingly insightful words to fingertips? 


Has Apple Lost Its Simplicity without Steve Jobs?

Geoff S. AbramsThe reason apple products used to be preferable to the less tech savvy masses was that it was simple and intuitive enough that my parents and people even older could figure it out in a few hours without studying any manuals. Sadly Cook has lost sight of that and kept the cheesy aesthetic while moving closer to Android in user functionality. Apple has trained the baby boomers to be tech literate enough to make the switch to Android. Oops!


Need Another Use for a Liberal Arts Education? How about Learning to Be a Citizen?

Brian Mitchell: Our society has changed from expecting our citizens to understand their role as humans in a society, to making as much money as possible. This is why you see a strong push for STEM degrees with a constant mocking of folks who get Liberal Arts degrees.

Understanding the (Really Ridiculous) Core Tenets of the Flat Earth Hypothesis

Doug ChampionHow insane is it that by connecting the worlds sum of knowledge with the finger tips of the everyman made us infinitely dumber. I’m so incredibly heartbroken that this is how the future turned out. R.I.P.: The Human Race.

James McIntosh: The democratisation of knowledge done the wrong way round - instead of all feeding from the tested and discovered we've instead encouraged an environment where all opinions should be respected, no matter how wrong, how ridiculous or how disrespectful and damaging in itself. Eventually you'll create more delusional people. Outrageous stupidity gathers more attention than low key simple advancement of knowledge and eventually drowns it out by sheer numbers. Now the folk who used to rant at street corners have taken to youtube and became 'celebrities' (as watered down as that is now), spouting imaginative bullshit based on their own morbid fascinations, fears, and ignorance and we (as a species) lap it up because it's a form of entertainment, so we tell ourselves that if there are unknowns in the universe then our flimsily constructed bollocks is as good as any other theory put together. And they call themselves truthers to boot - the irony! And a good % of it is obviously constructed for political ends.

How Marijuana May Help Stop the Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Tamara Prezioso: Just yesterday, my neurosurgeon told me that I should stop taking opioid medication for my chronic pain, and start using medical marijuana. He said that opioid medications can damage a person's brain. I was a little shocked, but pleased at the same time.

When Is Lying or Cheating Justifiable?

Jacques Loew: My grandfather told me that he saw The Titanic, and that from the beginning he warned all the people that the boat would sink, but they ignored him, however they were warned again on several occassions, until they kicked him out the cinema.

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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4 reasons Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for universal basic income

In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
  • The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
  • Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
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Dead – yes, dead – tardigrade found beneath Antarctica

A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.

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Surprising Science
  • Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
  • The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
  • Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
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10 reasons to be optimistic in 2019

Rwanda is pioneering the regulation and use of drones - such as delivering blood

Politics & Current Affairs

Even the optimists among us would have to admit 2018 was a challenging year. The fractured world that became the focus of our 2018 Annual Meeting a year ago came under further pressure from populist rhetoric and rising nationalist agendas. At the same time, the urgent need for coordinated global action in areas such as climate change, inequality and the impact of automation on jobs became more intense.

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