This Week in Comments: September 18th—September 24th

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What Might Life on Other Planets Look Like? A Harvard Biologist Explains

Noah Hopkins: What if we contact alien life and then they're idiots? Like they think Trump and vaping is the coolest part of our Earth and there's no way to get rid of them?

Liberals and Conservatives Read Different Science Books, Except for One Subject

Kevin Armistead: It's sadly fitting the one thing that brings liberals and conservatives together died millions of years ago.

Why Can’t You Remember Being a Baby?

Sköll Valentine: Honestly if we all remembered helplessly shitting ourselves thirteen times a day, maybe the world would be a more humble place.

Bill Nye: Evolution Denial Hurts Innovation in Science and Technology

Stephen Behm: The evidence points to natural selection and evolution. Those who feel threatened by this develop alternatives simply to refute a threat and cling to their beliefs. If you choose to deny evolution, prove it false, publish your work, get it peer reviewed and if it survives analytical scrutiny, it will be accepted. Simple. I'd wager you'd get a Nobel prize or something also. You'd become a millionaire also!

Zednanheh Solrac: Trying to reconcile utter, dangerous fairy tale thinking such as creationism with actual science, though well intentioned, is not going to work. Bill said it right. These people are beyond reason and too far gone in their delusions and indoctrination; but don't do that to your children, because things that keep your grandma alive like pacemakers and state of the art surgery are going to be replaced by prayer and exorcism which is a frightening trend that we are seeing right now. There is no god, evidence for evolution is overwhelming, prayer doesn't work, grow the F up.

A Designer Is Making Leather Goods Out Of Alexander McQueen’s Skin

Ischa Anna Graham: I loved him as a designer, he was always pushing boundaries and I think he would have got what she is trying to do. He was an artist who created wearable art. The kind of art that poses questions, challenges ethics or societal norms or makes you consider a different perspective. Her skin products defo do that. Alexander McQueen was a good choice.

Let's Cut Out All These “Bullsh*t Jobs,” says Anthropologist David Graeber

Ronald HarderJust because an occupation moves money around doesn't mean it adds any real value to society. The only real value of most jobs is keeping people occupied. A substantial fraction of what our economy 'produces' is just waste. Most people's jobs are unnecessary - or done in support of some pursuit that is ultimately unnecessary. Lots of pointless wheel spinning going on out there.

​There are two kinds of failure – but only one is honorable

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Why the ocean you know and love won’t exist in 50 years

Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?

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  • 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.
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Why modern men are losing their testosterone

Research has shown that men today have less testosterone than they used to. What's happening?

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  • Several studies have confirmed that testosterone counts in men are lower than what they used to be just a few decades ago.
  • While most men still have perfectly healthy testosterone levels, its reduction puts men at risk for many negative health outcomes.
  • The cause of this drop in testosterone isn't entirely clear, but evidence suggests that it is a multifaceted result of modern, industrialized life.
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Health care: Information tech must catch up to medical marvels

Michael Dowling, Northwell Health's CEO, believes we're entering the age of smart medicine.

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  • 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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