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However, it seems to me that, for every scientific advancement that prolongs life, there are five that shorten it. Bottom line: The vast majority of people in my generation (baby boomer) and younger will see shorter life spans, due to pollution in the air, the water, the food supply (including GMOs), and bad pharmaceuticals.
I don't remember epidemics of cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders when I was younger. Now, it is endemic. I know so many people, including myself, who are sick before their time.
Originally posted by Superhans
Do you remember as a child having all the information about what is going on in the world and the country at your fingertips?
We called it a newspaper and together with the World Book Encyclopedia and a cool little thing called the nightly news, we somehow managed to put together news and events... including annually updated stats on deaths, birth rates, and whatnot. This isn't the information age, it's the "By God I need something glitzy to distract me... come here Google and entertain me! *clap*clap*" Age.
Originally posted by Superhans
Back then you did not have access to the same amount of news papers.
The encyclopedias were filled with errors and much of it was obsolete by the time you got your hands on it.
With nothing digital, the statistics on death disease and birth rates were behind and erroneous.
You have to be seriously dense to think that the information was even close to comparable to what it is now. You are confusing it with nostalgia, this is the information age.
I remember clearly being in high school in the 1990s, needing to write papers for current events classes and finding invaluable information inside the crisp, inked pages of the numerous major (as well as local) newspapers my very small town's lone news stand sold. If anything, I found the information to be much more useful then than most of what is presented in your online "information age".
You see, the only thing the internet has brought to the world is an illusion of intelligence. I know absolutely nothing about the human nervous system... but you give me 20 minutes on Google and by God I can BS my way through enough to look like a freaking endocrinologist on the internet.
Doesn't mean I actually learned anything whatsoever in the process, however
A well trained chimp can copy/paste their way through a dissertation that is relatively intelligible. Take a guy, dump him in the middle of a library and tell him "Write me a paper on proper concrete mixture design and testing procedure" and he'll learn something.
He won't be an expert at it just from reading the material from books, be he sure as hell will know a lot more about the topic than some dweeb who used Google,
Oh, and that "outdated" information found in encyclopedias? Outdated doesn't automatically equal incorrect or flat our erroneous.
Check out the crown jewel of the information age someday... wikipedia. User driven, user generated information which is about as reliable as a back street taco vendor in Tiajuana. I'd much rather err on the side of outdated facts than rely on opinionated nonsense which may or may not even be factual.