One of the most important things to considering when we are going to establish orbital space settlements is how to organize education in a new society. As stated earlier on this site we believe that education has two functions:
- Civic – prepare young people for active citizenship in a democratic society
- Economic – developing relevant and useful skills to earn one’s living
Continue reading Space settlements and education
We believe in an evidence-based approach when it comes to education reform. Therefore here some studies that might help future space settlements to design their educational policies.
Montessori preschool boosts academic results and reduces income-based inequality
Continue reading Some studies regarding education
We have been arguing against the practice of water chlorination for some time. Though water disinfection is an important tool to promote public health, we do not believe that this is the proper method to do so.
Continue reading On water chlorination
ScienceDaily reports a study by the Boston University School of Medicine: Take-home’ exposure are a public health hazard. To quote from the article:
Workers in many industries inadvertently bring home toxic contaminants, endangering the health of their families.
Continue reading A Case for Tele-operation
We have already discussed lead as a cause of diminished general intelligence among the population. However, there are many more substances that have an negative effect on people’s IQ. ScienceDaily has the following report:
Flame retardants and pesticides overtake heavy metals as biggest contributors to IQ loss
Continue reading Threats to IQ
We believe that health policy should be focused on prevention or health promotion. This will, in our humble opinion, lead to lower medical expenses in the long run. Like other public policies health promotion consists of many different elements. ScienceDaily reports on one of this building blocks: Continue reading Cycling for live
George Manbiot has an interesting opinion piece in The Guardian: Lab-grown food will soon destroy farming – and save the planet. To quote him:
It’s a primordial soup of bacteria, taken from the soil and multiplied in the laboratory, using hydrogen extracted from water as its energy source. When the froth was siphoned through a tangle of pipes and squirted on to heated rollers, it turned into a rich yellow flour. Continue reading Future Food: Ferming
We already discussed the relation between air pollution and dementia. Now scientists believe that childhood exposure to air pollution is also related to schizophrenia. This is just one more reason to push for clean air legislation.
Some parts of the world already live in 2020, while others have to wait for another few hours. Anyway, we wish everyone a happy new year!
This will be an import year. In the summer I hope to migrate to a new, non-WordPress site. However, simultaneously I will be busy setting up my own IT Security business. So new content will be sparse the coming months.
The following article in the New York Times, American Capitalism Is Brutal, You Can Trace That To The Plantation, describes in an excellent manner how modern management systems have their roots in slavery and plantation economy. A short summary: an efficient plantation required an elaborate bookkeeping to keep track of each slave’s productivity. Hence a multilayered system of supervision of labor was necessitated. Continue reading Slavery and modern management