How terrifying to consider that creationism is still taught in the classroom, and on taxpayer money. Cue in Neil deGrasse Tyson, who asserted in no uncertain terms that "intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance."
As Alan Watts memorably put it, “Irrevocable commitment to any religion is not only intellectual suicide; it is positive unfaith because it closes the mind to any new vision of the world.”
What happens when sense of wonder and experimentation is simply either exploited by social media and advertising companies or it has to be suppressed by dangerous ADD drugs? Is there a space in between for kids to get lost in the solitude of their imagination safe from the attention disruptions of Silicon Valley, Big Pharma and for-profit Education? And what happens to these kids when they grow up and do succeed and are able to climb up the education, corporate, financial ladders? How does what they lost: their childhood, impact their adult life?
We need a new generation who see problems not from the prism of advertising dollars, instant-gratification-consumption or “cool” apps, but rather, Engineers who tackle problems of need of the majority instead of non-problems of want of the minority elite. The next revolution won’t be tweeted or facebooked and the cure for poverty, cancer, education, obesity will sure as hell not come out of Apple’s App store or Silicon Valley’s Ad-Obsessed R&D departments (maybe GoogleX, though i doubt it). Engineering needs to go back to its roots to target complex and fundamental societal problems that often require more than just over-rational and narrow-minded programmers and mathematicians.
2013 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: The Existence of Nothing
The Universe: A History and Perspective
Marcelo Gleiser is an astrophysicist. Marilynne Robinson is a novelist.
They’re both passionate about the majesty of science and they share a caution about what they call our modern “piety” towards science. They connect thrilling dots among the current discoveries about the cosmos and the new territory of understanding our own minds. A joyous, heady discussion of “the mystery we are.”
Source SoundCloud / On Being
Collision and convergence in Truth and Beauty at the intersection of science and spirituality
Vice travels to Ljubljana, Slovenia, to meet superstar Communist philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek. The “most dangerous philosopher in the West” talks about his new film, The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, and lectures us on the importance of being on time
As colleges feel pressure to graduate more students for less money, professors worry that the value of an education may be diminished.