YouTube: The Rise and Fall of Cultural Appropriation

The concept of cultural appropriation in the current conversation about race in America comes up a lot. Who gets to wear traditional clothing? Who gets to cook ethnic foods? Who gets to have certain names? The list goes on. I’m generally in the camp that as long as the original culture is recognized, it’s perfectly fine (and encouraged!) to adopt aspects of other cultures. This video pretty much says the same thing but in a more articulate and nuanced way. I really like the quote from the video “If you love it, it’s not appropriation”.

Wikipedia: E. O. Wilson

“The real problem with humanity is the following: We have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology. And it is terrifically dangerous, and it is now approaching a point of crisis overall”

E. O Wilson

This quote is so powerful and thought-provoking. After finding it, I decided to read up more about E.O. Wilson. Turns out, he’s one of the greatest minds of biology. Among his many contributions to science is the concept of island biogeography. Despite his many scientific contributions, I still think the part about his philosophical beliefs is most interesting. I’ll be sure to add his books on my to-read list.

Podcast: How manatees got into hot water

One of my fondest childhood memories is visiting the Miami Seaquarium and watching the manatees lazily float on the water while casually munching on lettuce. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of the gentle giants. This Planet Money episode is really cool because it shows the connection between manatee conservation and the eregy industry.

Manatee surfacing to breathe
Manatee surfacing to breathe
Credit: Jim Reid, US Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikimedia Commons

Music: Red Sun by Tsunami Wazahari

I don’t really have much to say about this track other than I’m a fan of dub music and love the Asian influnce.