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What is the gap between understanding and action?

Question: What is the gap between understanding and action?

Copeland: Well because there is a process of assimilation, and a process of individual accountability which admittedly has not taken place yet. I mean look. Again two years ago we were still as environmentalists more or less in the tree hugging business. Even though environmental has been a science where people have committed a tremendous amount of personal sacrifice, and research, and knowledge, and expertise in the subject; but that in the collective consciousness somehow it was a luxury and it was an ideal. It’s only been really two years since, you know, I can literally measure the difference in awareness between, you know, Katrina and “Inconvenient Truth”. And today it is a world apart just in the . . . in the simple area of fundraising for our different activities and programs. It’s a lot easier now to access people’s sensibility and awareness, you know, in a span of two years alone. So we have to be patient, and understanding that the paradigm is that we can’t have too much patience because time is running out. But we are . . . We have made incredible forays into the . . . into the awareness of our collective consciousness. And I think that this is a very positive thing, but it’s gonna be a process. And so we are . . . We have begun a process of intellectual assimilation as to the nature of our carbon footprint. But we haven’t translated that quite yet into a change into our individual actions. And this is the natural progression of where we are, and we need to basically put the foot on the pedal and accelerate that process. Recorded on: 12/3/07

Two years ago, environmental consciousness was a luxury, says Copeland.

Why do people believe in conspiracy theories?

Are we genetically inclined for superstition or just fearful of the truth?

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  • From secret societies to faked moon landings, one thing that humanity seems to have an endless supply of is conspiracy theories. In this compilation, physicist Michio Kaku, science communicator Bill Nye, psychologist Sarah Rose Cavanagh, skeptic Michael Shermer, and actor and playwright John Cameron Mitchell consider the nature of truth and why some groups believe the things they do.
  • "I think there's a gene for superstition, a gene for hearsay, a gene for magic, a gene for magical thinking," argues Kaku. The theoretical physicist says that science goes against "natural thinking," and that the superstition gene persists because, one out of ten times, it actually worked and saved us.
  • Other theories shared include the idea of cognitive dissonance, the dangerous power of fear to inhibit critical thinking, and Hollywood's romanticization of conspiracies. Because conspiracy theories are so diverse and multifaceted, combating them has not been an easy task for science.

COVID-19 brain study to explore long-term effects of the virus

A growing body of research suggests COVID-19 can cause serious neurological problems.

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  • The new study seeks to track the health of 50,000 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The study aims to explore whether the disease causes cognitive impairment and other conditions.
  • Recent research suggests that COVID-19 can, directly or indirectly, cause brain dysfunction, strokes, nerve damage and other neurological problems.
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Neom, Saudi Arabia's $500 billion megacity, reaches its next phase

Construction of the $500 billion dollar tech city-state of the future is moving ahead.

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  • The futuristic megacity Neom is being built in Saudi Arabia.
  • The city will be fully automated, leading in health, education and quality of life.
  • It will feature an artificial moon, cloud seeding, robotic gladiators and flying taxis.
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Better reskilling can future-proof jobs in the age of automation. Enter SkillUp's new coalition.

Coronavirus layoffs are a glimpse into our automated future. We need to build better education opportunities now so Americans can find work in the economy of tomorrow.

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  • Outplacement is an underperforming $5 billion dollar industry. A new non-profit coalition by SkillUp intends to disrupt it.
  • More and more Americans will be laid off in years to come due to automation. Those people need to reorient their career paths and reskill in a way that protects their long-term livelihood.
  • SkillUp brings together technology and service providers, education and training providers, hiring employers, worker outreach, and philanthropies to help people land in-demand jobs in high-growth industries.
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