Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Pitch for Parabolic Education

I have been thinking about the state of education again.  This is not surprising since I have spent the majority of my life in one education system or another.  My parents were both educated educators, so they got me started even before preschool.  My dad was a reading specialist among other things and my mom still teaches special ed, probably because I was so special to teach.  I still remember a rather boring book that I sat down to read by myself called "Gregory's Dog,"  pronounced George-ory to me since I had a bit of a deficiency in attention.  But I am not here to debate early childhood education, it is a good thing, and the more of it the better.  Our early brains are like sponges and should be allowed or encouraged to absorb as much as we can before we have to fend for ourselves in the ruthless world of shopping malls and freeways in which the majority of us sadly reside.  What I am here to debate is college.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Part 5: Water, Air, and Other Such Essentials

In the end, survival in the depths of space will require the same things that survival here on Earth does.  That is; success in any hostile environment requires three things; innovation, versatility, and Wikipedia.   For example, you will need to bring objects with the versatility to be more than one thing, you will need to bring your own innovation to turn one or several objects into something else in a pinch, and you will need to bring Wikipedia; the entire encyclopedia of human knowledge, to help you find a solution quickly rather than reinventing the infernal wheel with only five minutes of breathable air left in your dying space craft.  I mean, the Discovery Channel has a lot of shows suggesting that its hard to find water in the desert, but I would hate to be the poor sap trying to find it in the vacuum of space.