THINK! America – Weekend of Dec. 9, 2017 – Show #2
Topics - December 9, 2017 - Show #2. Guest: Dr. Minerva Neiditz, PhD, retired - University of Connecticut Asst. Professor , Author of A Lucky Life.
Topics and Guest – December 9, 2017 – Show #2
Black Friday turned out to be huge for gun sales. Gun sellers did brisk business on the biggest shopping day of the year. This is
especially interesting given so much negative press about guns in the wake of the Mandalay Massacre in Las Vegas. Black Friday was
also the biggest day on record for FBI background checks, which loosely tracks nationwide gun sales. Lots of ammunition was also
sold. What do these sales tell you about guns in America? Why?
Franken-rats! Lab rats with human brains! What could go wrong? Due to advances in mini-brain stem cell research, scientists are
experimenting with organoids, the balls of human brain cells and transferring them into lab rats. Made from adult human stem cells,
this brain matter isn’t capable of conscious thought or cognition, nor can experience pain or suffering. The brain-balls are mass-produced and standardized, making them ideal for lab experiments requiring biologically active brains. The mini-brains connect to rats’ circulatory and nervous system, transferring blood and nerve signals between the rat and the implanted human cells. Ethical question: would it be a good thing if the rat comes to experience consciousness as a human being does? Do you think the research should continue?
Interview: Dr. Minerva Neiditz, PhD, retired – University of Connecticut Asst. Professor , Author of A Lucky Life. Topic: Giving experiences instead of giving stuff to your children during the holiday season…What are the most enriching and
memorable gifts for kids? What gifts make the most impact?
The 63-year old Johnson Amendment (1954) to the tax code is very clear. Churches cannot engage in political activity from the pulpit or with their wallet if they are a 501c-3 (approved to NOT pay taxes). Some religious leaders have fought against this amendment because they claim it violates their first amendment rights. On the other hand, other religious leaders like it this way—they want not to pay taxes, and are content with just matters of faith and morals, keeping politics per se away from the pulpit. What is your take? Should the Johnson amendment stay, or be repealed? If it is repealed, the pulpit (and the church itself), could be bought and paid for by politicans and PACs.
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