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In addition to Google Earth there is Google Moon, Google Mars and versions for other planets available as well. Will we need at certain point a TrekMars addition to TrekEarth?...

Children have always this discussion at school: if science and technology are advancing so fast, what will our life look like 100 years from now? We fantasize it will be so much better, but will it? We have amazing gadgets invented like a mobile phone and yet they coexist with the hunger in the world. I read recently that even in the present day in some countries you can be sentenced to death by crucifixion, like Jesus about 2000 years ago. There is an old movie titled "Idiocracy". It shows an alternative vision of the future. It is based on the assumption that educated people postpone their proliferation and have limited number of children, while those less educated do not set themselves any limits. After few generations the average IQ becomes incredibly low, especially with people using technology without really understanding it. We can see it happening. People believe what they are told to believe. For example people do not believe scientists when they talk about the need for vaccination. They prefer to believe conspiracy theories. Media feed us with mainstream views on certain subjects. And we are not used to contest them, to ask questions. We pick a side, and buy newspaper which goes well with it. There is no journalism nowadays which would show two sides of a story. They always show only one side. Moreover, because they believe they are right, they think they have the right to laugh and disrespect the opponents. We are on a straight course to the world presented in Idiocracy. How can we stop it?

From the Mirador Roque de Los Muchachos, the highest point on La Palma island, there are amazing hikes you can follow. Red color of the rock formations makes volcanic origin of the island very apparent.

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