Should we die?

A thought-provoking article about whether death may not be inevitable anymore.

“Should we die?” (from the Atlantic)

This video is funny in parts and eye-rolling in parts. (Unable to embed; click on the screenshot below and the video should open in a new window. If not, you can find it in the article.)

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A couple of reactions:

Do you really need a computer to tell you you’ve reached 66% serenity while meditating?

“Will aging dictators be able to stay in power forever?” (a cold chill down my spine)

Writing prompts:

Does having a “death deadline” encourage you to live your life to the fullest?

What aspects of IoT (the Internet of Things) do you think are beneficial to society?

Fish have feelings

Fish, it appears, experience emotions and can feel pain.

This is an interview from NPR’s “Fresh Air” with the author of a new book called “What a Fish Knows”. You can listen to the interview and follow along with the transcript.

A couple of things you’ll learn: some fish (and even sharks) like to be petted, and herring communicate by farting.

Should we rethink how we catch and kill fish? Should we stop eating fish altogether?

White lies

Is it okay to tell white lies? They are those small lies people tell to spare the feelings of others. For instance, if a friend asks you if you like her new haircut, and you really don’t, but you tell her it looks nice because she’s your friend. Is it better to be completely honest?

The philosopher Immanuel Kant believed that we should never lie. Here’s a very brief explanation:

I was thinking about Kant the other day because I was doing the “Philosophical ideas everyone should know” course on Highbrow (which I introduced on my language learning TOOLS site a while ago). He’s a name we all know, but how many of us know what his key philosophical ideas were? I’d forgotten. Now I know again.

You’re never too old to stop learning. Should we stop lying, though?

Those who are and those who should be

“Captured: People in Prison Drawing People Who Should Be” is a project started by an artist/activist and a creative director/ethical communications professor, in which they asked incarcerated people to draw or paint people they think should be in prison. Most of the drawings are of CEOs. The resulting books are being sold, with proceeds going to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Click on each drawing/painting, and you can find out the crime(s) for which the people should be held criminally responsible. Here is one example:

Sepp Blatter, former president of FIFA

I like how they have included references for the accusations. It’s important to back your opinions with facts.