All too often, superstitious thinkers have stood in the way of meaningful scientific innovation, and they still do. This is terrible given the serious theoretical and technical challenges we face. Fortunately, history shows that most major scientific discoveries that promised to serve humanity especially well were adopted despite fierce resistance from despotic religious interests. Ironically, now an unsettling number of materialists have become scientific Puritans. They assume that anything beyond
A few thousand years ago, the Kissimmee River freely trickled south over 11,000 miles of Florida’s land, creating a vast, thin sheet of water that spread over much of the state’s southern half. Over the next couple thousand years, ponds, marshes, and forests developed creating nearly half of Florida’s delicately balanced ecosystem. Four-fifths of that land eventually went to farming and development. In 1947, Everglades National Park opened in order
To many people, sound is not considered to play a major part in human behavior. Humans prefer to think that emotions are caused either by an internal soul, or at least a complex system of chemicals and electrical impulses in the brain. Anybody can attest to the power of audible sounds from music, nature or other people to affect behavior and emotion. But, there is an entire world of invisible sound that manages to play
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) have made countless contributions to modern society. They help to clear the fog around the past, present, and future, while simultaneously bestowing society with innovations from their ventures. Americans, in particular, are major beneficiaries of STEM and are often included on the short list of world powers that excel in its related fields. From putting a man on the moon to putting a phone
Anatomically modern humans have been fighting nature and each other for around 300,000 years. Times haven’t changed much for a fair number of descendants. Around 13% of the developing world is starving this very minute, and only ten countries on the planet are not engaged in any conflicts either internally or externally. Thus, the idea of everyone accessing healthy food, clean water, safe shelter, and medical care might seem inconceivable, especially
It started out with Bob Dylan, I think, the grand concept of the sensitive and confessional singer/songwriter. And he was very good at it, as were Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Phil Ochs, even Carole King. Some of these folks were VERY good singers and others made do with the voices they had. But it became the mark of “authentic” to write your own songs and sing only those songs.