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The nature of existence is such that we will always find ourselves hurtling toward a string of sequential cataclysmic events. Unfortunately, humanity is lacking in the "proactive measures" department.
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The nature of existence is such that we will always find ourselves hurtling toward a string of sequential cataclysmic events. Unfortunately, humanity is lacking in the "proactive measures" department.
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    Escape To Mars: Moving Humanity Off Planet

    Escape To Mars: Moving Humanity Off Planet

    Impact threats are the most certain of any extinction-level events. Yet, despite the warnings of hundreds of scientists - we continue to dawdle in both our search for alternative, extraterrestrial, homes and the development of technologies to get there. Let's take a really good look at this, shall we?

    "All civilizations become either spacefaring or extinct."
    Carl Sagan (unsourced)

    "Since, in the long run, every planetary society will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring - not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive. And once you're out there in space for centuries and millennia, moving little worlds around and engineering planets, your species has been pried loose from its cradle."
    Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of The Human Future in Space p 173

    "If our long-term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds."
    Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of The Human Future in Space p 176



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    • 46 min
    Can't We Just Get Rid Of Money?

    Can't We Just Get Rid Of Money?

    What are the common arguments for the necessity of money? Are there any logical counterarguments? What profession would you choose if money was not a factor?

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    • 38 min
    The Education Catastrophe

    The Education Catastrophe

    Our children are the future, yet our willingness to invest in them dawdles and whimpers. With so much at stake - including our species' own survival - why have we chosen to ignore this problem?

    This episode takes a look at the motivations and bottlenecks surrounding this issue.

    "It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self." -- Donald Woods Winnicott

    "Whether in the public or independent sector, in schools or at home, being creative in providing education and promoting creativity are not dispensable luxuries. They are essential to enable us all to make lives that are worth living." -- Sir Ken Robinson



    Links:
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    Education, Children, Learning & Development (courses, books, research, and other resources):

    https://www.amazon.com/Make-Stick-Science-Successful-Learning/dp/0674729013
    https://www.amazon.com/Intelligence-Understanding-Creation-Intelligent-Machines/dp/0805078533
    https://www.amazon.com/Discipline-Without-Punishment-Employees-Performers/dp/0814402763

    https://www.wondrium.com/scientific-secrets-for-raising-kids-who-thrive
    https://www.wondrium.com/raising-emotionally-and-socially-healthy-kids
    https://www.wondrium.com/how-to-raise-lifelong-learners
    https://www.wondrium.com/how-the-world-learns-comparative-educational-systems

    Scrum:

    https://www.amazon.com/Scrum-Doing-Twice-Work-Half/dp/038534645X

    Scrum in The Classroom:

    https://www.scrum.org/resources/blog/scrum-classroom-part-1-time-change
    https://threeteacherstalk.com/2019/01/25/using-scrum-in-the-classroom/

    Marijuana & The Adolescent Brain (Research):

    Marijuana Use and High School Dropout: The Influence of Unobservables: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2910149/
    Effects of Cannabis on the Adolescent Brain: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3930618/
    Is the Adolescent Brain at Greater Vulnerability to the Effects of Cannabis?: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00859/full
    Cannabis and the adolescent brain: https://www.pnas.org/content/117/1/7
    What Pot Really Does to the Teen Brain: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-pot-really-does-to-the-teen-brain/

    NOVA Principles (bad science):

    NOVA homepage: https://novaprinciples.com/
    Religious Kids Are Less Likely to Get in Trouble (as cited by NOVA): http://www.center4research.org/religious-kids-likely-good/

    Effects of Religion (the more honest science):

    Mixed Blessing: The Beneficial and Detrimental Effects of Religion on Child Development among Third-Graders: https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/10/1/37/htm
    Science Does Not Say That Religious Children Are More Likely to be 'Immoral': https://futurism.com/no-science-does-not-say-that-religious-children-are-more-likely-to-be-immoral


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    • 52 min
    Global Suicide - Part V: Can Star Trek Save Us?

    Global Suicide - Part V: Can Star Trek Save Us?

    Science fiction often drives innovation. Star Trek, specifically, has inspired the computer and the cellular telephone among other modern miracles of science and technology. One aspect of Star Trek that has even had books written about it is the Star Trek economy. In this episode, we're talking about just that.

    "The economics of the future is somewhat different. You see, money doesn't exist in the 24th century. The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity."
    -- Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) from Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek VIII: First Contact

    Statistics of finance & insurance markets:
    https://www.selectusa.gov/financial-services-industry-united-states
    https://datausa.io/profile/naics/finance-insurance

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    • 1 hr
    Global Suicide - Part IV: Disorder & Dead Presidents

    Global Suicide - Part IV: Disorder & Dead Presidents

    Entropy is a two-edged sword. It is our life-force; but if it accelerates and begins to runaway with our energy, it can become a death sentence. Our society has within itself a variety of entropy amplifiers that increase our system's entropy by orders of magnitude - warming the planet and wasting our hard work. If we don't get this fixed, these entropy amplifiers will truly spell our end.

    "If your theory is found to be against the second law of theromodynamics, I can give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation." -- Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington

    The Royal Institution: Explaining Thermodynamics - Monthly(ish) Mailbag #3:
    https://youtu.be/0A44-TCJU9g?t=105

    World Hunger:
    https://ourworldindata.org/hunger-and-undernourishment

    FBI Crime Data Explorer:
    https://crime-data-explorer.app.cloud.gov/pages/downloads

    Psychopaths / Brain Injury:
    https://www.med.wisc.edu/news-and-events/2011/november/psychopaths-brains-differences-structure-function/
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brains-psychopaths/study-finds-psychopaths-have-distinct-brain-structure-idUSBRE8460ZQ20120507
    https://sciencenordic.com/forskningno-psychology-society--culture/no-we-are-not-swimming-in-psychopaths/1450492
    https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2018/mar/30/michael-mccaul/michael-mccaul-says-1-100-people-sociopath/

    Up The Gravity Well (Essay):
    https://creationtribe.medium.com/up-the-gravity-well-7af2e35ac87a

    Value & Harmonized-State Potential:
    https://youtu.be/MnkMLj24J3Y

    Professor Dave's Thermodynamics Playlist:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLORSu_035d5XIQfDwty_LY8kp2-39jgdh

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Global Suicide - Part III: Psychology of Self-Extinction

    Global Suicide - Part III: Psychology of Self-Extinction

    Understanding our own psychology and social behaviors are critical to avoiding self-extinction. This episode explores this in great depth. In the next episode, we'll see all of these moving pieces in action to paint a vivid picture of what we can expect if we don't shift our way of thinking. 



    This episode's quote comes from Scott Barry Kaufman's book, Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization

    TOOL - Ænema https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHcmnowjfrQ



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    • 49 min

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