17 Baby Elephants Learning How To Use Their Trunks -
babyfants:"What the heck is this thing on my face??"
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Question for the Atheists -
So my understanding is that the reason Atheists don’t believe in God, and the reason why Agnostic-Atheists lean towards there being no God, is because there is no conclusive proof that God exists.
I respect and understand that.
Except…I know Atheists and Agnostic-…
Guerrilla Protestors Storm the Guggenheim With a Message the Museum Can’t Ignore - PolicyMic -
"Announced by the soft chiming of a handbell and the high, keening wail of an unknown visitor, 9,000 bills wafted serenely through the New York Gugenheim’s rotunda on Saturday in a colorful, surprisingly beautiful protest against the deplorable labor rights of workers building the museum’s newest addition on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi."
As children, and later as idealistic architecture students, we learnt about about the slaves who built the pyramids under terrible conditions; & the rampant, unsustainable inequality that enabled the construction of, and was so perfectly symbolised by, the Sun King’s palace at Versailles. Far less did we learn about, and far less do we now talk about, those great buildings now, in our own time, that are built with indentured labour, again in dreadful conditions; and/or sequester material resource in displays of wealth & status.
We gloss over this grim subject, shrug it off as a ‘foreign’ problem, as we rush to praise or critique the buildings themselves. We all know the architects names, and envy them their opportunity; but we know nothing of the workers who built them, the locals displaced, the homeless left unhoused whilst resource is expended in beautiful stadia & galleries accessible only to a global few - we do not know their stories.
Closer to home: at one end of the market, houses so large, so many roomed, we have to invent singular uses for each silk-lined room. At the other end, cramped boxes built out of match-sticks, resentfully compliant with minimum standards. Try critiquing this - you will be told, with a shrug, not to bite the hand that feeds you…
So, is architecture just for the 1%? Or, as professionals bound to a standard of ethical behaviour, is it not our duty to loudly & stridently call out the system that allows, even encourages this poverty of compassion?
I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…
When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.
Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.
Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.
…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.
So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation. —
Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President
"What’s up with chicks and science?"
Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.
(Source: motivateme2healthy, via gonewithdreaming)
Seriously, what is this obsession that crickets have my shower?!
Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds' -
Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
(Source: slamsnjams, via sabelmouse)
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Said What He Thinks About Race Now That He's Made It, And Almost Nobody Noticed -
Buried deep at the end of an obscure panel discussion.
He goes in
(Source: jessehimself, via gender-and-science)
More Money Buys More Life: The Awful Consequence of InequalityThe income gap meets the longevity gap.
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… When somebody in Washington proposes raising the retirement age for Social Security or Medicare, he typically says something like: “We can afford it, because we are living longer.” Yes, ”We” can afford it, when the ”We” in that sentence applies to an audience of white rich old men and women who really are seeing their lifespans grow by leaps and bounds. But ”We” doesn’t apply to the millions of poor women whose lifespans are actually declining. Raising the Social Security retirement age disproportionately reduces lifetime benefits for the very people Social Security was invented to protect…