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Beyond Politics => General Discussion => Topic started by: Goddess on January 17, 2018, 10:34:07 am

Title: Why 2017 Was The Best Year In Human History
Post by: Goddess on January 17, 2018, 10:34:07 am
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/06/opinion/sunday/2017-progress-illiteracy-poverty.html

I really liked this story from the article:

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I had a visit the other day from Sultana, a young Afghan woman from the Taliban heartland. She had been forced to drop out of elementary school. But her home had internet, so she taught herself English, then algebra and calculus with the help of the Khan Academy, Coursera and EdX websites. Without leaving her house, she moved on to physics and string theory, wrestled with Kant and read The New York Times on the side, and began emailing a distinguished American astrophysicist, Lawrence M. Krauss.

I wrote about Sultana in 2016, and with the help of Professor Krauss and my readers, she is now studying at Arizona State University, taking graduate classes. She’s a reminder of the aphorism that talent is universal, but opportunity is not. The meaning of global progress is that such talent increasingly can flourish.
Title: Re: Why 2017 Was The Best Year In Human History
Post by: Goddess on January 17, 2018, 10:41:35 am
Good graphic
Title: Re: Why 2017 Was The Best Year In Human History
Post by: MH on January 17, 2018, 04:25:28 pm
Yes, times are good.  They can be better too.  But they are good.