Efforts and Chance

“Last year, Kahn emailed Cook out of the blue with hopes that he would speak with her for a computer class project. Her email led to a phone call, during which Kahn interviewed Cook and got his thoughts on how to increase diversity in tech, as well as the seed of an idea for a larger initiative that would give many more women access to this unique opportunity. Today, Apple and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) announced a new partnership program, Innovator to Innovator, that will pair young women interested in careers in STEM with Apple executives for a one-on-one conversation.”

In sales there are many failures before success. Thinking outside the box and making the extra effort to try is how we became not one of those “shithole” countries.

What if TVA workers decided not to go to work because it is cold? Many around the country are putting up with normal winter conditions to keep the country going.

Tax Dollars to Grants

Here are some of the research projects selected for NEH grants:

A study of “18th century sexuality”
A study about bells in Bulgaria
A propaganda study based on the theory that Fox News can brainwash liberals
A virtual exhibition of more than 90 pieces of New Deal art from the town of Gallup, New Mexico
A book-length study documenting California wine history and its intersection with labor relations
An “immersive” video game about alchemy

When the citizen does not spend money, it does not have, the government spends money it does not have, to employ people. Even if nothing is accomplished. How long and how much debt do we let government debt get before it collapses?

SciPhi

Science /Philosophy Evolution is a product of mutations. Some humans strive for success no matter how crazy the goal is they are working on. I suspect this is an inborn biological trait of survival. In today’s world of unequal power many poor ideas are pushed to be enacted and end up doing more harm than good. In the big long term picture bad ideas die and the good ones continue. But nature has no compassion or empathy for all those hurt by these bad enacted ideas. Virtue is a honed behavior which depends on wisdom and knowledge before acting on bad ideas. Is humanity’s goal to bring world wide virtue? Today is a day to think about it.

Would we choose to live forever if we could? Does death render life meaningless? If we examine it in the context of the immensity of the whole universe, can we consider life meaningful? If we feel empty once we achieve our goals, and the pursuit of these goals is what gives us a sense of meaning, then what can we do?

Educationism

For those who are less educated due to their disadvantaged background, they face a subtle but pervasive bias. A new report in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology named the term “educationism” and for the first time found clear evidence for what Fusarelli and many others have long suspected: educated people are implicitly biased against the less educated. And this has unfortunate, unintended consequences that often stem from the gap between the rich and poor.

Active thinking has to give up time to accommodate those with less cognitive ability. Having abilities in common is a natural way people discriminate. Society or government can not force people to be the same. The gene lottery and the family lottery ends up making people not equal.

Cell Phones and Health

“In a surprising move this week, however, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) weighed in on the debate, warning people, especially kids, to stay away from cellphones whenever possible. The agency also issued guidelines on how to reduce exposure to radio frequency energy.”“Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cellphones,” Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer, said in a statement. Aside from brain and head cancer, the guidelines note, radio frequency energy has been suspected of causing infertility, headaches, and memory or learning problems.

Everything has risks so weight them against the benefits. Do we always need instant communication?

Last Again

The 10 least healthy states:
Mississippi
Louisiana
Arkansas
Alabama
West Virginia
Tennessee
South Carolina
Oklahoma
Kentucky
Georgia
For the second year in a row, Mississippi (No. 50) has the greatest opportunity for improvement in
overall health. Why are we building monuments with tax money instead of improving the health of the citizens?

EXCITONIUM

PHYSICS BREAKTHROUGH: NEW FORM OF MATTER, EXCITONIUM, FINALLY PROVED TO EXIST AFTER 50-YEAR SEARCH.

This is not taught in H.S. physics because the teachers are not qualified and the system is controlled by government standards. The best learning is when the unknown is confusing not when students are forced to memorizes facts. If we want better STEM students we need better teaching and move away from standards.

Excitonium

The feeing of awed wonder that science can give us is one of the highest experiences of which the human psyche is capable. It is a deep aesthetic passion to rank with the finest that music and poetry can deliver. It is truly one of the things that makes life worth living.

Escape Room

*An escape room is the latest rage – you get locked into a fully furnished room and must solve a series of puzzles to find the key to escape.

What they are doing to empty malls.

CRISPR

CRISPR can be described as a pair of designer molecular scissors because of its core function: to home in on specific 20 letter DNA sequences and cut apart both strands of the double helix. This function allows gene-editing so the scientists can do repair and changes in the genes which are the maps for the cells that make life.

This opens the door to many questions about ethics, morals, religion, laws and many other areas for example designer humans or the perhaps the end of death. Our society is wasting its time on emotional candy as we have a a responsibility to control the course of humanity. Why is the media spending time on people’s sex lives when the whole future is depended on the citizens understanding science and the few using it to meet their idea of what the future should be?

“A Crack in Creation” by Jennifer A. Doudna

Question the Steps We Take Through the Door

Technology “merely opens a door, it does not compel one to enter.”
First Law: “Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.”
Second Law: Invention is the mother of necessity. “Every technical innovation seems to require additional technical advances in order to make it fully effective.”

Third Law: Technology comes in packages, big and small. “The fact is that today’s complex mechanisms usually involve several processes and components.”

Fourth Law: Although technology might be a prime element in many public issues, nontechnical factors take precedence in technology-policy decisions. “… many complicated sociocultural factors, especially human elements, are involved, even in what might seem to be ‘purely technical’ decisions.” “Technologically ‘sweet’ solutions do not always triumph over polit- ical and social forces.”

Fifth Law: All history is relevant, but the history of technology is the most relevant. “Although historians might write loftily of the importance of historical understanding by civilized people and citizens, many of today’s students simply do not see the relevance of history to the present or to their future. I suggest that this is because most history, as it is currently taught, ignores the technological element.”

Sixth Law: Technology is a very human activity-and so is the history of technology. “Behind every machine, I see a face-indeed, many faces: the engineer, the worker, the businessman or businesswoman, and, sometimes, the general and admiral. Further- more, the function of the technology is its use by human beings-and sometimes, alas, its abuse and misuse.”

Dr. Melvin Kranzberg

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