What is the point of scientific journalism? That’s the question asked by a thoughtful piece by Brooke Borel at The Guardian. Science journalists are not just cheerleaders for science, and investigating a scientist’s conflicts of interest ought to be part of the job.
A brief history of public monuments and how they fall, sometimes for good reasons — like the statues of tyrants — sometimes representing a loss to humanity — as in the case of the Taliban destruction of Buddha statues and ISIS inflicted damage to archeological sites in Syria.
Mark Judge thinks the new Star Wars movie signifies the end of culture. I think people like Judge need to take a deep breadth and focus on more important issues than a mediocre movie exquisitely crafted in order to make Disney a bundle of money.
Does old age bring wisdom? Not necessarily, though you can’t become wise without aging. An interesting article in the New York Times, interviewing six New Yorkers in the Winter of their years about what made their lives meaningful and how they are dealing with their short future.
Harry Frankfurt, the philosopher who wrote On Bullshit, has published a new book On Inequality. Interesting review of it in the LA Review of Books.