A fun video follow up to my last post about maps. Enjoy!
I’ll be going on vacation soon and likely won’t write much for the rest of the month, so my plan is write a lot today and schedule it for release over the next few weeks. Before I do, though, I want to post something today and this essay is better than anything I can knock out for a morning release.
It’s not just a curmudgeonly rant against an overly cutesy, obnoxious puppet. There’s definitely criticism of that aspect, but he also gives a solid look at the dumbing down of the educational content of the show. If you have small kids or grandkids and think about their development, it’s an essay worth reading.
Personally, my son watches Curious George.
One of the taking points repeatedly heard this election cycle is foreign trade and both populists, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, are wrong on the issue. Free trade is good. International trade is beneficial. Focusing on “they’re outsourcing our jobs” is not only short-sighted but factually wrong. Let’s outline why.
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are polar opposites in many ways, but one this one topic they both appeal to populists. The problem is that most populists don’t actually know what they’re talking about concerning macro economics or finance. It’s the Dunning-Kruger effect all over again.
Here’s what they look like when viewed from the International Space Station. There is so much more to reality than the 50 mile radius around us. There is so much out there for us to learn. Never be satisfied with what you already think you know. Stay curious. Maintain a sense of wonder. There are still amazing things to discover.