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DEAD WAKE by Erik Larson


On May 1, 1915, with World War I entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool. But an array of forces both grand and achingly small all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. Author Erik Larson is a journalist who writes nonfiction books that read like novels, and this bestseller is no exception.

The Rise of Anti-Science and Anti-Intellectualism in America: Evidence and Downside

Vourla Cafe 1860 Tamiami Trail, Naples

There has been a rise in both anti-science sentiment and anti-intellectualism in America. How did this happen? Is this a consequence of today’s politicization of truth -- derived from “anti” issues about masks, climate or vaccines? Did this come from conflicts between science and religion, e.g. creationism vs evolution? Could it be traced all the way back to the Enlightenment giving way to Romanticism and other “isms"? Implications for our Country if science is no longer used as a guide to government policies? What are the consequences of diminishing support for science and education as drivers of our economy?