This Week in Comments: October 1st—October 8th, 2017

Another week, another fresh batch of comments straight out of the Facebook. Did you make the cut? 

And here we go! 


Penn Jillette: Reconciling Atheism with Libertarianism

Clayton James: This is actually important because, while most atheists will affirm that atheism is by definition simply lack of belief in a deity, others move full speed ahead with debating reductive ideologies such as materialism and determinism etc. Their response is often more tempered, however, when we remind them that atheists can also be humanists, libertarians, quantum theorists or any other array of open ended worldviews.

Bill Nye, the Crusading Visionary Guy

James F. Bourne: Anyone who cries about Nye "not being a real scientist" probably heard something from him that caused them cognitive dissonance. Hence why they jump to the "No True Scotsman" fallacy of who and who isn't a "real scientist".

Why You Should 'Rewild' Your Diet to Help Your Microbiome

Juliya NedoyskoI had IBS for years. Since the start of this year I have been eating yoghurt with probiotic bacteria, then I added probiotic foods, lentils and greens [to my diet]. I noticed a change within 24 hours, symptoms are gone, have never looked back.

Atlas Blogged

Ed Cote: There was no religion or philosophy in which Ayn Rand was not a complete monster, so she dreamt up one in which she could justify herself, then suckered a bunch of dumb, naive "incels" into joining her little cult of greed. Others carried on her work after she died.

Libertarian Paternalism: Eat Well, Retire Rich, and Feel the Freedom

Will Wojeck: I'll pay taxes so kids can eat lunch.

3D printing might save your life one day. It's transforming medicine and health care.

What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.

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  • 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.
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Big Think Edge
  • The word "creative" is sometimes waved around like a badge of honor. We speak of creativity in hushed tones, as the special province of the "talented". In reality, the creative process is messy, open, and vulnerable.
  • For this reason, creativity is often at its best in a group setting like brainstorming. But in order to work, the group creative process needs to be led by someone who understands it.
  • This sense of deep trust—that no idea is too silly, that every creative impulse is worth voicing and considering—is essential to producing great work.

Has a black hole made of sound confirmed Hawking radiation?

One of Stephen Hawking's predictions seems to have been borne out in a man-made "black hole".

Image source: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Surprising Science
  • Stephen Hawking predicted virtual particles splitting in two from the gravitational pull of black holes.
  • Black holes, he also said, would eventually evaporate due to the absorption of negatively charged virtual particles.
  • A scientist has built a black hole analogue based on sound instead of light.
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Greenland loses 4 trillion pounds of ice in one day

Normally, the landscape in this photo would be a white ice sheet.

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  • Climate scientists say that Greenland is experiencing ice losses that are unusually early and heavy.
  • Two main weather factors are fueling the losses: a high-pressure system and the resulting low cloud cover.
  • Greenland is a major contributor to sea-level rise.
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