The world is getting less dangerous

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

If you watch the news you might be forgiven for thinking that the world has become more dangerous lately. It certainly seems like it — domestic violence, terrorism, and war are in the news daily. But the news always focuses on such things. If you look at the numbers, violence of all kinds has been […]

Why creationism is dangerous

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web, My thoughts

I’ve always been of the opinion that people can believe and do whatever they want, as long as they’re not hurting others. You might think that believing in creationism is harmless, but it’s not. The most dangerous part of creationism is people getting the idea that it should be taught in schools along with evolution. […]

Kids React & Teens React

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

These are some videos I came across recently that are produced on a regular basis by the Fine brothers. They have other videos but the two series I thought were the best were Kids React and Teens React. The two series are the same idea with a different age range. The brothers show kids or […]

Why tipping should be outlawed

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Here’s a good argument for outlawing tipping… Why tipping should be outlawed

Family lived alone in Siberia for 40 years

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A family lived by themselves in the wilderness of Siberia for 40 years — they were completely unaware of the events of the outside world, including World War II. A group of geologists stumbled across them in 1978. The family had originally fled to the wilderness to escape religious persecution. You can read the details […]

Lotteries: a bit of statistics

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

One more post from Life’s Little Mysteries. Are you more likely to get struck by lightning than win the lottery? Of course. You’re also more likely to be killed by a donkey. I’d like to encourage you not to waste your money on the lottery. $550 Million Powerball: What Are Your Chances?

5 ways the world will change this century

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Natalie Wolchover on the Life’s Little Mysteries web site tells us a bit about the future. The predictions come from an academic conference. Here’s a hint: human migration, urbanization, water wars, and mass extinctions. Also, something big will happen with energy. Either we’ll find new source(s) of energy and have enough — or we won’t. […]

World changing ideas and innovation

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

This web site has some really cool ideas on it — both things that are fun and things that will help make the world a better place. From an exoskeleton to help paralyzed people walk again to 10 steps for improving capitalism to an index of difference-making nonprofit organizations, these are ideas that are worth […]

The death of facts

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

If you once thought that there was a difference between facts and opinions you will be saddened to know that facts has died. To slightly lessen your sadness, you might be amused by the following satire… Facts, 360 B.C.-A.D. 2012

We live in a post-era era

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

That gets my vote for the phrase of the day — Douglas Coupland knows how to turn a phrase, and he’s also an astute observer of culture. Coupland is the author of such books as Generation X, Microserfs, and jPod. (I saw him read one time, and got his autograph.) In his review of ‘Gods […]