"Humankind cannot bear very much reality. "
-- T. S. Eliot
Of all the things people believe despite there being more than ample proof to the contrary, the idea that many Americans still believe that dinosaurs and humans once coexisted must be the most astonishing. (source)
In a different era, there was some truth in these ideas. Our brains, seemingly, had put us 'one up' on nature. We were firmly in control of our environment and masters of the planet.
As it turns out, we now realize, we have been delusional in our belief that we were in charge of the world. Our brain is working against us. Our brilliance has created monsters that are working toward our ultimate defeat.
In actual fact, the discussion is focused on whether or not humans will survive the present century.
MANIFESTO ON THE FUTURE OF WAR AND CLIMATE CHANGE
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There’s also a station called “The Future Starring You” where kids can answer a personality quiz, take a selfie, and then get to see their picture embossed over a cartoon of a worker in the natural gas industry. One photo shows a child’s face on the head of a carton driller, next to a placard that reads "Drill here."
To be clear, there are no digital games on-board the exhibit that help children learn about the scientifically confirmed dangers of fracking—like say, the proven spikes in earthquakes, climate-warming methane leaks, or cancer-causing radon.
When critiqued for taking gas money and just showing one side of fracking story, Lloyd Jackson, the chair of the Clay Center’s board defended their "balanced and fact-based educational programming." Jackson went on to laud fracking, saying, "Natural gas is and will be a central issue for our State and our counties for decades" and that "we can expect the gas industry to be around for a long time.” Jackson was also very defensive about the exhibit’s sponsors, extolling EQT and ECA for their “commitment to our community [and the] betterment of our children."
It might be important to know that Lloyd Jackson, in addition to chairing the museum board, is the President of Jackson Gas Company, his family’s gas drilling and production business.
The President of the Clay Center, Al Najjar also defended the exhibit by stressing its focus on science-based learning. Najjar told the Charleston Gazette, the way the museum staff addresses the controversy surrounding fracking, "is by talking about it" and "not shouting and screaming about it." He said, "It’s really about making sure we are getting students to understand how it works, to literally talk about the science." (source)
MAKING DECIET APPEAR ATTRACTIVE -- Why not create an exhibit for children that focuses on renewables? Why not spotlight the energy sources of the future - like wind and solar? Plenty of science goes into photovoltaics and converting wind turbines’ kinetic energy into electricity.(Photo: Clay Center/Promotional Materials)
As we live and breathe in this present moment, we can be reasonably assured that our grand-children will face a planet unlike the Earth with which we are familiar. And yet we go on!