Weekend Long Reads - October 11, 2014

‘I think there is a strong humanitarian argument for making life multi-planetary,’ he told me, ‘in order to safeguard the existence of humanity in the event that something catastrophic were to happen, in which case being poor or having a disease would be irrelevant, because humanity would be extinct. It would be like, “Good news, the problems of poverty and disease have been solved, but the bad news is there aren’t any humans left.”’

24 Surprising Things about Parenting in the United States

My family is appalled at the way my son behaves at the table. He can't focus, he doesn't finish his meal, he refuses to eat certain foods, etc. Here in the U.S., it is considered normal. In France, that's considered rude. My family sometimes thinks my child is pretty spoiled and that I am a so-so parent.