"What If the Universe Had No Beginning?"

I note once again that some of modern cosmology is . . . weird.

See also "Why simplicity works":

In my latest book, I propose a radical, if speculative, solution for why the Universe might in fact be as simple as it’s possible to be. Its starting point is the remarkable theory of cosmological natural selection (CNS) proposed by the physicist Lee Smolin. CNS proposes that, just like living creatures, universes have evolved through a cosmological process, analogous to natural selection.

And also very much related: "Was Our Universe Created in a Laboratory?"


"Unshackling American Infrastructure"

Sounds like a good target for reform:

Fifty years since NEPA was signed into law, the process has become a bureaucratic nightmare. The latest data show that completing an EIS takes four and a half years, on average. One-quarter of the statements take upward of six years. Some projects drag on even longer: the approval process for a 12-mile expansion of Interstate 70 in Denver took 13 years to complete, with a final impact statement running 8,951 pages (not including an additional 7,307 pages of appendices).


"The Prosperity Paradox"

6.5 minute video making the secondary point that as a society we are really, really rich. I used the anecdote about Nathan Rothschild in one  of my classes. I think it is dramatic as hell.

(But I object to the interpretation of the Pew poll. The video assumes the question pertains just to economic well being. It could well have been interpreted by respondents much more broadly to include such things as the current awful cultural conflict.)