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?

Bicycle powered house?

This video explains how many people you’d need to power your house by bicycle:

A few things:

  • American houses use a lot of energy! My apartment only uses about 300 kw/h per month. But we don’t have a clothes dryer or central heating, and it’s obviously a much smaller space. Still…
  • That local dish called the “Garbage Plate” looks and sounds, frankly, disgusting. Sorry, Rochester. And students, please don’t judge all “American food” by this example.

Read more here: “Could You Power Your Home With A Bike?” (from NPR)

Being a southpaw

In American English, left-handed people are called southpaws. Find out why here.

This article from the BBC (“The mystery of why left-handers are so much rarer”) tells us about the history of left-handedness, including some rather surprising statistics and the fact that the origin of the word “left” means “weak”.  Statistics are different for people who are “left-eared” and “left-eyed”.

I’ve heard that in the past in Japan, children born left-handed were taught to become right-handed because of a social stigma or some superstition associated with lefthandedness. That doesn’t seem to be true anymore — I know lots of students who are left-handed.

You could also find out more about the symbolism of left/right in politics as a mini-research project.