One of the things I love best about this video is how journalist Michael Specter does a great job of articulating a sane relationship with technology and progress. We need more people reminding us that science has simultaneously helped us create the best time to be alive as a human ever, but has also caused problems and hasn't made everything perfect. And that the answer to that paradox isn't giving up on optimism and backing away from science, the answer is scientific innovation, creating better law and policy and improving science transparency and education.
Also, I love that he just
coined used the phrase "Big Placebo".
Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Before the Lights Go Out, a book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy. You can find Maggie on Twitter and Facebook.