Wednesday, February 19, 2014

With interest

So is everyone still alive after that meteor flew by? Kicking, breathing... More importantly, did anyone care? Not that we could have done anything about it. "But dude, that Guardians of the Galaxy trailer was on Jimmy Kimmel. That's important, dude."
Lesson learned from this: Don't worry over the things you can't control. If some big rock wants to plow us into oblivion, I say bring it on.
Maybe I'm not following the same news the rest of the world is. For instance:
A UK Surgeon used a 3-D printer to make an artificial pelvis for a patient. The surgeon implanted it 3 years ago. The surgery is considered an unrivaled success.
Called it. It's just a short jump from there to growing our own replacement organs.

Free speech and net neutrality collide:
You tube is threatening to remove the account of a scientist who debunked the claims made in an Aids denialist documentary.
Some people believe the earth is flat. Some people believe HIV doesn't cause Aids. Some people believe the earth is only 6,000 years old. Some people don't believe our climate is changing.
In the other corner is people who think the exact opposite. People discuss and debate. Hopefully, the truth comes out. I'm being optimistic by assuming people are reasonable and intelligent.
Changing people's minds is never an overnight process. A look at history shows that it takes generations.
But who decides what information goes out to the masses? Is it up to Viacom, You Tube or AT&T to decide what you read, hear or watch?
This is at the core of the net neutrality debate. Free speech and facts backed up with proof and evidence.

Ending on a good note. (I am of course, an optimist.) In a few weeks an updated version of the classic series, Cosmos, will air. In the 34 years since Carl Sagan took us on a journey of our understanding of the universe around us, so much has changed. Perhaps I should say our understanding of the universe has changed. This article sums it up nicely. You know where I'll be March 9th, glued with my TV set to record this milestone series.
Here's the preview.

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