Most journalists aren’t scientists & engineers. Most scientists & engineers aren’t journalists. Too often the details, nuances & solutions are lost in popular culture in favor of a click-bait doomsday narrative.
TL;DR Stop headlining climate stories w the phrase “End Times”
Consider: For every headline you see about the extreme storms, droughts, fires, floods & famines approaching (they are), how many pieces catch your attention on the ways agriculture is already changing, the impact of limiting food waste or why land use matters here & now? /2
Most headlines you see aren’t even composed by the journalist who penned the piece. They’re written separately to sound as shocking, counterintuitive or mysterious as possible bc the point is to get you to click. In part, it’s driven by advertising.
We spend far too much time dreading what our climate future *may* look like instead of collectively envisioning better outcomes & working together w determination to achieve them.
How often are climate articles you read hopeful?
Yes, we need to hear about extreme storms, floods, droughts, biodiversity loss & resource conflicts. But we also need to know about the incredible work being done by people around the world to meet these challenges. /2
Doomsday narratives on climate serve as effective clickbait, but reality is far more complex than what much media highlights.
We still have opportunities to change course. And so many scientists, engineers, innovators & communities are working toward a more resilient future. 3/
Your votes overwhelming support a thread about The Science of Kissing. So let's get to it. 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Kissing:
1) Our lips are the body’s most exposed erogenous zone. Unlike in other animals, human lips are uniquely everted, meaning they purse outwardly.
2) Kissing is about more than bacterial exchange or romance. Our 1st experiences w love & security often involve lip pressure & stimulation through nursing or bottle feeding. This lays down neural pathways in a baby’s brain that later associate kissing w positive emotions.
3) Even Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary biology, was fascinated by kissing across cultures. He discussed what he observed in his 1872 book The Expression of the Emotions in Man & Animals, concluding that the drive for humans to “kiss” in some form appears to be innate.
I keep seeing articles bemoaning a "baby bust" due to declining birth rates.
But they all seem to miss a big part of the story. All around the world fertility rates are ⬇️ except in parts the world where health conditions are poor & child mortality is high. 1/
When women have access to family planning, healthcare including antibiotics & vaccines, an education & the ability to have a career, we often opt to have fewer children.
Declining birth rates = more women making our own choices. 2/
Also, while I don't buy the "population bomb" alarmism that Earth has reached some arbitrary human carrying capacity (it's not about total # of ppl, but how we collectively use & waste resources), I'll add that less pressure on the planet's limited resources isn't a bad thing. 3/
Did you know Monopoly was invented by a woman named Elizabeth Magie in 1903? She created board games to express her political beliefs.
Originally called ‘The Landlord’s Game,’ it was designed as a protest against the big monopolists of her time like Carnegie & Rockefeller. 1/
The Landlord’s Game was intended to show that an economy rewarding wealth creation is better than one where monopolists work w few constraints.
It demonstrates how families build wealth & amass fortunes. There were diff versions before Parker Brothers released theirs in 1935. 2/
Monopoly aside, you should know more about Elizabeth Magie.
Her father, James Magie, was a abolitionist & newspaper publisher who traveled w Abraham Lincoln around Illinois. He introduced Elizabeth to Henry George’s best-selling 1879 book, “Progress & Poverty.” 3/