Hollywood’s Hero Deficit – both a cause and symptom of our weakness

Superheroes

Summary: This brilliant essay by James Bowman describes two themes often discussed here. First, the lack of heroes in our films and minds. Second, our fear and apathy. He uses movies as a mirror to see how our view of heroes has changed -- making us weaker. "The worst {result} of the plague of superheroes … Continue reading Hollywood’s Hero Deficit – both a cause and symptom of our weakness

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Why humanity has not gone to space, and why we will.

Space Dreams

Summary: On 20 July 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle on the moon's Sea of Tranquility and Armstrong took his giant leap for humanity. Now 45 years later we can cooly evaluate the Apollo program. What went wrong? What is the future of humanity in space? "Given time, a desire, considerable innovation, and … Continue reading Why humanity has not gone to space, and why we will.

The surprising news from scientists about rising sea levels!

Greenpeace artwork about sea levels

Summary: Rising sea levels have become a core element -- perhaps the core -- of climate activists' warnings. What do scientists say? Should we worry, panic, or despair? Here is a brief answer, plus much supporting evidence. This is journalism for the public policy debate about climate change, not written by a subject matter expert. … Continue reading The surprising news from scientists about rising sea levels!