Sunday, February 15, 2009

The National Law to Burn Children's Books & The Human Brain

A few days ago a thrift store nearby published an advertisement in the local paper that they would no longer be accepting a very long list of items nor would they be selling those items in their stores. Some of the items listed were "children's books published before 1985". I found the ad interesting, but didn't give it too much thought. That was until I came across this article. Apparently besides spending massive amounts of money on useless projects that we can't afford, the federal government has decided to go completely Big Brother on us and has now banned the selling of all children's books published before 1985. I couldn't believe this when I first heard about it, but it is indeed true. Please read this article and write, email, or call your congressional representatives asking them to repeal this legislation.

As the author of the article, Walter Olson, points out, "Whatever the future of new media may hold, ours will be a poorer world if we begin to lose (or “sequester” from children) the millions of books published before our own era. They serve as a path into history, literature, and imagination for kids everywhere. They link the generations by enabling parents to pass on the stories and discoveries in which they delighted as children. Their illustrations open up worlds far removed from what kids are likely to see on the video or TV screen. Could we really be on the verge of losing all of this? And if this is what government protection of our kids means, shouldn’t we be thinking instead about protecting our kids from the government?"
On a completely different note, I came across this video by a savant. He's promoting his new book about the human brain and how people think. It's very interesting.

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