Would it be hyperbolic to say that textual criticism is one of the cornerstones of Western Civilization? Like, we've been doing it for at least a couple of thousand of years? It's kind of insane that there are privileged people in industrialized countries who don't understand the first thing about it.
Funding research is a worthy cause, but I don't like the assumption that there's a linear correlation between funds available and progress towards solutions. It should go without saying that you can't just throw money at problems and expect them to solve themselves.
I never thought about this before, but are the space shuttles actually capable of being flown through the air? I always assumed that landing the shuttle was really more of a controlled fall and that spaceships generally don't make good planes nor vice-versa.
Was there a thing about not portraying Italian accents in animated shows broadcast in the U.S. back in the day? I still don't understand why in "Danger Mouse", they changed Stiletto's accent from Italian to Cockney. (The guy's name is Stiletto!) I also don't understand why Captain Gloval's accent in "Robotech" was changed from Italian to Russian.
"In the 1890s, when Freud was in the dawn of his career, he was struck by how many of his female patients were revealing childhood [sexual] victimization to him. Freud concluded that child sexual abuse was one of the major causes of emotional disturbances in adult women and wrote a brilliant and humane paper called 'The Aetiology of Hysteria.'"