It’s been raining here on the south coast for the past few days. I love the rain and my Offspring have been jumping in puddles and getting wonderfully grubby. The downside is the house just will not stay clean. Currently, the Handsome Sidekick is vacuuming, after having changed the washers on two taps. Now that I’m done with the links, I can turn the water back on again and clean the bath while my Offspring tidy their rooms. I guess at least at the end of the day, we’ll have a clean and tidy house to enjoy. For a few hours.
Well, I’ll go and clean, while you enjoy the links…
Wanting the best for your child is completely normal and obviously something we should encourage, but if you were given the chance to have the genome of your baby sequenced, would you? Having the potential to find out early about serious and/or chronic conditions and therefore intervene is tempting, is it not? But would that change how you treat the child? Would that change how the child imagines their future? Can we be certain that this information would be kept secure, and what about the possible misuse or abuse of this information by others (insurance companies, I am looking at you). It’s a really tricky area with no absolute answers.
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Science literacy is certainly very important, and given that scientific information is so much easier to come by now, thanks to the information age, we do need to be able to interpret and understand it better. I would argue that it’s not just teaching about science which is important, but if we are to be critical thinkers, then philosophy has a huge role to play in encouraging people to question what they’re reading or hearing, and not just in the realm of science. If we were better critical thinkers, our whole society would benefit.
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As complex as I understand international relations can be, it still makes me sad that the international community is so quiet on the farcical judicial system in Egypt right now. Earlier this year, Australians were delighted to have journalist Peter Greste released from prison in Egypt after having been held for 400 days. However, as this article explains, many others are still suffering under the same system and are facing life in prison or the death penalty, simply for associating with journalists who were trying to report what was happening. As we rely on the stories they broadcast out to us for our knowledge of what is going on in the world, so it is our collective responsibility to help them in this kind of situation.
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The internet can drive me mad sometimes. I’m not sure that the self-regulation we rely on always works. It can be a place of cruel extremes, but also humour, and expressions of humanity. But I love the idea that all the same, there are those who do try to regulate it, because that’s ultimately going to fail. To be fair, I included this link mainly because of the Putin memes in it. It amuses me that propaganda which was supposed to be to demonstrate virility and strength can be then turned around just for the sake of humour, not to mention subversion.