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I am reading this book with my niece that has 4 kids that are interested in various types of academic pursits like engineering, science, archeticture, and I am impressed with how she writes being science minded as life affrming and curious. My niece loves the book(she is getting into the chapter books now instead of the 2nd grade ones) and has been really into building volcanoes and making essential oils. I have noticed though a disturbing trend of male scientists being extremely nihalistic and arrogant, and I wonder if this is one reason a lot of young people go from thinking science subjects are fasinating to hating it. Compare Carl Sagan and Richard Dawkins. Carl Sagan seemed so happy when talking about space and encouraged people to use their brains. He hated it when people glorified stupidity, and thought human intelligence was beautiful. Richard Dawkins is highly intelligent; but he is way beyond arrogant and depressing. Why should anyone be interested in science; when he acts like science proves life is completely meaningless and belief in any kind of diety is nothing more then a delusion(I am actually an athiest myself; but I kind of think our belief in more magical things is kind of awesome) I usually like Neil Degrasse Tyson; but sometimes he comes across as so humorless. Then there are techbros that act like computers and robots are going to be doing everything for us; and act victimized by people that really don't want that.

Who are some scientists you like and think have contributed to society in good ways, My fave is Jane Goodall.

I am reading this book with my niece that has 4 kids that are interested in various types of academic pursits like engineering, science, archeticture, and I am impressed with how she writes being science minded as life affrming and curious. My niece loves the book(she is getting into the chapter books now instead of the 2nd grade ones) and has been really into building volcanoes and making essential oils. I have noticed though a disturbing trend of male scientists being extremely nihalistic and arrogant, and I wonder if this is one reason a lot of young people go from thinking science subjects are fasinating to hating it. Compare Carl Sagan and Richard Dawkins. Carl Sagan seemed so happy when talking about space and encouraged people to use their brains. He hated it when people glorified stupidity, and thought human intelligence was beautiful. Richard Dawkins is highly intelligent; but he is way beyond arrogant and depressing. Why should anyone be interested in science; when he acts like science proves life is completely meaningless and belief in any kind of diety is nothing more then a delusion(I am actually an athiest myself; but I kind of think our belief in more magical things is kind of awesome) I usually like Neil Degrasse Tyson; but sometimes he comes across as so humorless. Then there are techbros that act like computers and robots are going to be doing everything for us; and act victimized by people that really don't want that. Who are some scientists you like and think have contributed to society in good ways, My fave is Jane Goodall.

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I'm ok with life being meaningless outside of what we make for ourselves... that isn't nihilism, it's a call to engage.

I more meant: us humans are nothing more then egotistical meatsacks that overvalue our own importance. BTW, the world is eventually going to come to and end and Space is trying to kill us. I will talk about this every 3 seconds.

well, it's not wrong, it just fails when it stops there and loops every 3 seconds. Like, nobody here gets out alive, so let's move on.