links to 4 helpful posts

1. How the Baby Boomers Introduced One of the Gravest Spiritual Dangers of Our Era [talkin’ ’bout my generation; essential reading]

“If we are constantly searching for a better place, we’ll miss what he put us on the earth for, we’ll live small and shallow lives, and we’ll get older and grouchier.”

2. Older People are Worse Than Young People at Telling Fact from Opinion [our bs detector fades away with the rest of us; essential reading]

“The research tacks against the idea that younger people who are extremely online (or ‘digital savvy,’ in Pew’s terms) might be more exposed and/or more susceptible to misinformation. But the real correlation with poor performance is exposure to television news, which has fallen off among young people but remains very high among older people. This shouldn’t be surprising, if we consider the evolution of American media over the past 60 years. Someone born in 1958, now 60, witnessed two revolutions in media before the internet: talk radio and 24-hour cable news. Both blended facts and opinions in new and unprecedented ways, and they matured with the cohort of Americans who are now over the age of 50.”

3. Almost Half of U.S. Births Happen Outside Marriage, Signaling Cultural Shift

“Forty percent of all births in the U.S. now occur outside of wedlock, up from 10 percent in 1970 …”

4. Five Museum of the Bible Dead Sea Scrolls are Fake

“… this should serve yet again as a prime example for why unprovenanced archaeological objects should not be published and displayed in museums. The days of the black-market trade of unprovenanced Dead Sea Scrolls fragments must come to an end!”