A couple of interesting articles…

In the process of some serious time-wasting on the Internet tonight, I ran across two very interesting articles.

This article from the New York Times is a fascinating editorial from a professor at George Mason University. In it, he suggests that technological innovation is plateauing, and that this phenomenon is largely to blame for economic stagnation. He goes on to talk about how we’d better get used to a “stagnated economy.”

The second article is a book review from Slate. It looks like a good read (especially for a new father of a daughter!) and calls into question the ideas of beauty, sexuality, and worth. It seems to affirm some of my own thoughts on the matter.

Enjoy.

4 Comments

  • Mark

    January 31, 2011 at 12:57 am Reply

    Thanks for the post about that first comment, I enjoy when you bring up some issues. In fact, Charles H. Duell, the Commissioner of the U.S. patent office said something very similar. He said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Oh wait, I just remembered that he said that in 1899, so I guess never mind. As a scientist, I can say there are so many things about God’s creation of which we have no idea whatsoever, that there is no bound to invention and innovation. Plus, that professor is a professor of Econ, so I would venture that he knows little of true invention or the scientific endevor. If the US economy is becoming stagnent due to lack of technological innovation, it is because of American culter, and some other culture will take the lead in that area. I for one hopes that does not happen, but it is attitudes like this professors that might cause it to.

  • Mark

    January 31, 2011 at 12:58 am Reply

    Sorry about the typos, I have a 19 month old helping… 🙂

    • Erik

      February 3, 2011 at 9:55 pm Reply

      I’m interested in your comments on American culture. How do you believe it’s changing? If it’s changing for the worse, what can be done to positively affect our culture?

  • Kaylene

    February 6, 2011 at 5:11 am Reply

    The book review by Slate hit nerve. When I was growing up in the 60s, the women’s movement was just taking hold, and girls were just starting to hear the message that they could try and perhaps even excel at anything the boys were doing. Even so it was still a culture that said boys/men did everything better — from being chefs to pitching a baseball. The biggest put-down was to be told that you were doing something “like a girl.” What girls did and the way they did it was sub-par to anything the boys did. Many young women today take today’s freedoms for granted — they don’t know the arbitrary limits and restrictions that were placed on women in earlier years. (I could expound a lot about the pros & cons of the movement, but that’s for a later conversation.)

    In any case, I was lucky to grow up in a household where “Princess” was hardly in my or my sisters’ vocabularies. (Mom didn’t allow Barbies — she said no doll in the house was allowed to have bigger boobs than her.) Instead, my sisters and I were out climbing trees and skinning our knees.

    Now it seems the pendulum has swung the other way, with a “Princess” complex. It seems to me there should be a happy medium between embracing the feminine qualities and strengths of being female while allowing opportunities for girls (and boys!) to become the best at whatever they choose to be.

    Best wishes as you and Ashlee raise your beautiful daughter, Erik. It will undoubtedly be an adventure!

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