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  1. Just a layman! There's a lot of thought gone into this for a layman. I'm impressed.
  2. Nah not you, me, just pointing out that the evidence against my argument was a bit overwhelming, can't argue against that can I? But this is getting off topic now.
  3. And in Britain, the above is called "having your arse serverd to you on a plate".
  4. Just watched a video about Rwanda, it's not a very good example, South Africa?
  5. Eise, your answers are bloody brilliant, been reading your other posts, there really informative and easy to understand. Don't mean to be nosy but have you ever been a teacher?

    1. koti

      koti

      Well, there are at least a couple of ways to SEE it :P 

    2. Eise

      Eise

      ... hhhnnnngggg.... No, I do not react... I do not react.... I do not... see1 or... NO,NO, not again!

    3. koti
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  6. Not knowing is better than knowing I think. Much more fun to think about. Something that has completely different laws would be great though.
  7. Is it even possible to be any more vain. This is SFN not Vouge.
  8. Phi for All was making the point that is is logical not illogical. not everybody who's a racist will stay a racist and vice versa. People become racists for all sorts of different reasons, it's not something that's biologically wired, more to do with outside influences like upbringing, education, circumstances (prison), propaganda and anger, etc I think. The rise of Hitler would be a good example. Or try reading about the midwives in nazi Germany, who went from caring nurses to cold blooded child killers. not to mention the Rwandan genocide.
  9. Because it's easier to blame other people when things go wrong, racism is generally aimed towards minority's, asylum seekers and immigrants.
  10. Racism isn't something that's linear with the evolution of man so how can they be connected?
  11. Hatred, superiority, Fear, and probably about another thousand reasons for racism. Racism isn't science either. Ask Hitler.
  12. This was known for along time, yet people still went. Her reasoning was that it was gods love and stuff like that that people needed. Now I disagree with her methods completely, but I thinks it shows the power of religion and why all the scientific education in the world is never going to make it go away.
  13. of course, but good old US of A isnt like UK, so his time is limited thankfully.
  14. Why? Most of mother Teresa critics are looking at it from the outside, from a non religious viewpoint. I imagine she brought comfort to those in her care who were religious though. The fact that the people in her care still believed in god and chose to be there ( I think ?) despite science being able to offer better alternatives, is interesting to me. One of the main reasons religion will never go away is because it offers hope, something better, justice for people who have nothing. I find people normally stop believing in god is because they stop believing in the above rather than better scientific knowledge.
  15. True, while I " just accepted" god as a kid i admit I t didnt mean I believed in him. Religion was never mentioned in our house or by anyone else I knew. So it's more that I chose not to believe in god. i dont think a belief in god implies that someone is irrational though. There are better scientists than me who believe in god! Although at times, albeit briefly, I have seriously questioned if I'm right, sometimes I'd like to think I am wrong, that there is a god, but interestingly these are both fuelled by the same thing - despair and justice.
  16. Not sure where this should be whenever people talk about AI they always think of it from a western point of view. But what about advanced AI/robotics from somewhere like Saudi Arabia? With really hardline views on on religion or women. Or China for that matter with hardline views on freedom? I can change my mind about about anything anytime I want, but for AI to do that it would need to be able to re program itself and be influenced by outside sources, but would it be a good idea to allow AI to do that? Sorry if it's not proper question it's just something I was thinking about in work last night, religious AI and AI with different opinions on human rights. have looked on search but keeps saying there's a problem...
  17. I'm the first to admit I'm a complete donut when it comes to science. But there's something about listening to people who really know their stuff I find compelling, like the Ted talks for example. Murray Gell Mann, was for me, even better to listen to than Feynman. I have know idea about the math and details he was talking about, but listening to Gell Mann talk about the history of the quark and the eight fold way on life stories on you tube taught me more about science than any book could. It gave me a real appreciation of what's actually involved and how these things happen. Surprised by the they few responses or mentions in the media, I know he only changed we the way we understand the world and wasn't even famous but...
  18. What are the benifits? If nothing else just the engineering, it's an amazing feat of engineering if you ask me, these experiments don't just push the boundaries of scientific knowledge but lots of other things too, for instance it's because of projects like this that we have the internet. also " I think" ? Wouldn't that be the point of the experiment then, so we can know instead.
  19. I know, but whenever I read about how much energy is required it's about as much energy as is in the galaxy! And that usually doesn't take into account operating energy, conversion ( 5% efficiency for antimatter engine- which would mean you would need 20 times the amount of fuel ?), this is of course about going anywhere at light speed like Star Trek. Going slowly would be fine- nuclear. on the subject of energy, how's it possible to discover new types of ( usable) energy? I thought we knew what all the chemicals were, thought there were just a few left which just needed to be confirmed e.g. Metallic hydrogen.
  20. The sites for discussion and for asking questions. Your preaching, have you actually learnt anything from all the replies you've had?
  21. Good point about politician! Got nothing else to say about the last bit though because your right Im still encouraged, just a little bit less!
  22. The op doesn't mention democracy, but your right about most countries doing little to reach targets, that's where the general public come in, most are making an effort I think, but whether its too little too late remains to be seen.
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