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Science, Solitude And The Sacred On The Appalachian Trail

Enlarge this image Getty Images/iStockphoto This week, you can’t reach me by email, or text, or Tweet. This week, I’m not taking anyone’s calls, either. That’s because I’m walking the Appalachian Trail — alone. And while I am, without doubt, scared of being eaten by a bear, I’ll be out there looking for that most precious of possibilities: solitude. Solitude can be hard to find in the modern world. Cities are, of course, exactly about mixing it up with our fellow humans. That’s the source of their potent innovation. So,…

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Science Says Damore Was Right About Sex Differences

Glenn Stanton, The FederalistThe Google guy behind the infamous gender memo, James Damore, is a troglodyte. An embarrassing, knuckle-dragging, flat-earther who is under the silly illusion that men and women have inherent differences. Google properly fired him for just being stupid. At least that’s the fashionable story. … Read the referenced story here: Science Says Damore Was Right About Sex Differences

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Tyler DeWitt: How Do We Get Kids Hooked On Science?

[embedded content] Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Rethinking School. About Tyler DeWitt’s TED Talk When a student complained that science textbooks were boring, teacher Tyler DeWitt got thinking about how he can make his lessons fun. DeWitt recounts his quest to make kids care about science. About Tyler DeWitt Tyler DeWitt hosts the YouTube channel, ‘Science with Tyler DeWitt,’ aimed at helping students understand chemistry. In the past, he taught Biology, Chemistry and English at high schools in both the United States and South Korea. DeWitt was…

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The Science behind Relentless Breakthroughs

Life isn’t supposed to be comfortable all the time. While most of us crave a degree of stability, a life without challenges robs you of your fighting spirit and motivation. Without discomfort, there can be no growth. In a rapidly-changing world, stagnation is the first step toward to obscurity and mediocrity. There’s science behind experiencing the right amount of struggle to spur growth. The best state: optimal anxiety Your comfort zone exists so that you have a safe space from which to operate most of the time. In your comfort…

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[Editorial] Evolving policy with science

Albert Schweitzer, physician and Nobel laureate, wrote: “The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.” The evolution of U.S. policy governing heritable human germline modification reflects this observation, and a “Human Genome Editing” consensus study committee of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine (NAM) concluded last month that clinical trials for heritable editing, under strict regulations, may eventually be permissible for parents hoping to prevent serious diseases in their children. Authors: R. Alta Charo, Richard O….

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