‘To understand the frightening power of the parenthood religion, one need look no further than the 2005 essay in The New York Times by Ayelet Waldman, where the author explained that she loved her husband more than her four children. On “Oprah Where Are They Now,” the author recently reaffirmed the sentiments reflected in her New York Times article, and she added that her outlook has had a positive impact on her children by giving them a sense of security in their parents’ relationship. Following the publication of her essay, Waldman was not only shouted down by America for being a bad mother; strangers threatened her physically and told her that they would report her to child protective services. This is not how a civil society conducts open-minded discourse. This is how a religion persecutes a heretic…’
GMOs vs Synthetically Modified Food
‘Genetically modified organisms are ancient, technologically speaking. Though some consumers may just be discovering that they’re in the food system (and getting riled up about labeling them), farmers have had access to them since 1996.
‘But there’s a new technology on the scene, adding a twist to the already complicated conversation about GMOs in our food: synthetic biology.
‘In essence, synthetic biology is about designing and building workhorse organisms that can make things more efficiently than nature (or make things we might need that nature doesn’t make at all). According to Todd Kuiken, a senior program associate with the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, “It’s the next stage of genetic engineering.”…’
Inside the Tricky Homeowners Insurance Policy
‘…But there’s this other section, “Losses Not Insured,” that tells you how insurance really works. For example, Paragraph 2, Subparagraph e:
‘”War, including any undeclared war, civil war, insurrection, rebellion, revolution, warlike act by a military force or military personnel … ”
‘War is what insurers call a correlated risk: If my house gets blown up in a war, it’s much more likely that lots of other houses across a wide area are also going to get blown up around the same time. Correlated risks are really hard to insure against. Insurers could go decades without paying anything, then suddenly face more claims than they could ever pay.
‘A lot of the stuff insurers don’t cover falls into this category. Earthquakes and floods are both correlated risk…’
The Brain That Changed Everything
‘When a surgeon cut into Henry Molaison’s skull to treat him for epilepsy, he inadvertently created the most important brain-research subject of our time — a man who could no longer remember, who taught us everything we know about memory. Six decades later, another daring researcher is cutting into Henry’s brain. Another revolution in brain science is about to begin…’