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  1. I was watching the below video on cleaning contact lenses, which have to be sterile when you put them in your eyes or you risk an eye infection. The video says take your lenses out, put them in this container of hydrogen peroxide and seal them up. You leave them in there for 6 hours and the hydrogen peroxide gets converted to saline and then they say the lenses can stay in there for 7 days. I'm wondering, what if the lenses were to be left there indefinitely? How could they get infected if everything in the container had been killed by the hydrogen peroxide? Is there any chance they could get infected if left in there for a month and if so how, where would the life come from? Again, the container is completely sealed.
  2. I'm listening to a podcast and a guy on the podcast says "positivism has been refuted, in so far as any philosophy can be refuted, and it's the analytic philosophers who did it." I'm pretty ignorant on history of philosophy, can someone explain what he is talking about? What is the refutation of positivism and came up with it?
  3. The guy on the podcast said that there is always an alpha in bonobo societies and that sometimes it's a female and sometimes it's a male, but that, interestingly, any who is an alpha has a living mother and when his mother dies he can no longer be an alpha. (I wonder what that dynamic is about) But regardless, whether it's a female or a male, does anyone know how the alpha is determined? How is the status established?
  4. I was listening recently to a podcast about bonobos and chimps and how bonobos are much more peaceful and it got me wondering: 1) if there is no violence, how is the status of an alpha male established The guy didn't say that there was absolutely no violence, that's my assumption, so perhaps I'm wrong there and I'm sure that status can be established through games and not direct violence in other species as well, so is it something like that? Does anyone know specifically? 2) How is the status of an alpha male reflected? What exactly distinguishes the alpha male among bonobos from betas?
  5. In my country you choose study programs in high school, you have computer science programs, economics/business programs, programs for hair dressers etc. I went through an economics/business program and I don't know how to list it in my CV. What do I call my degree/title in English? If I were to translate the title given in my country, it would be "economics technician". What do you guys think of that? It sounds kind of goofy to me. Any ideas?
  6. I know nothing about music, so I don't understand stereotypes around genres of music. Someone described someone to me recently as seeming like the kind of guy who listens to indie rock. What does that mean? What does a guy who listens to indie rock look like and what IS he like?
  7. I'm looking at a job advertisement from the Indian embassy and the pay is listed like this: Salary (Per month): - Pay Scale (In Euro) - 1225-50-1975-65-2625-3375 - Basic Salary at the Minimum of Scale: Euro 1225 Does anyone have any idea what the heck "1225-50-1975-65-2625-3375" means??? Also, do you suppose this is gross or net? EDIT: Found another ad of theirs and apparently this is something to do with annual increments and max pay.
  8. I was reading an article and this bit was in there: I don't think I've ever read such a think piece and I'm not familiar with what exactly these arguments are. Could someone link to such an article, if you happen to remember one, or give me a bit more details on what the criticisms are?
  9. Well, I would have thought it's obvious what I mean by folk ethics. It's the ethical judgments that most regular folks will make when using only their innate moral sense, rather than some philosophical and rationally defined moral principle like utilitarianism. In brief - what regular folk think is moral. Don't you agree that that outcome is superior to the utilitarian outcome of killing people to harvest their organs? No, not on one specific thought experiment. We had the trolley problem and the issue of harvesting people's organs. One is a contrived thought experiment, the other is a situation that would happen every day. You could spin out all sorts of scenarios that logically follow from utilitarianism that I'm sure we'd all acknowledge as problems (for example, one creditor with 10 debtors struggling to pay off the loan, so you just tell the creditor to go fly a kite - net happiness has increased), but we don't even need to go there. The organ harvesting one is sufficient. You'd just have people getting put down so others can have their organs left and right. That's a bigger problem, as it would be an everyday occurance, whereas the trolley problem is a contrived philosophical thought experiment that never actually happens.
  10. It could be guys who have the very kind of mental problems that they confer a larger risk of in the offspring, or at least guys who have tendencies in the direction of those problems. So guys who are to a milder or more severer degree autistic, schizophrenic or socially inept in other ways that have connection to mental problems.
  11. I don't think that holds up at all, because, again, the logic of utilitarianism licences you to kill an innocent person to harvest their organs and save multiple people. A non-theoretical, intuitive folk morality prohibits that and is, therefore, better than utilitarianism. And also, this shows you that no utilitarian really acts or thinks as an utilitarian. I don't know what to tell ya on the trolley problem. I don't know what I'd do and I don't know what I'd endorse. I maintain that folk morality is better than utilitarian morality, but I admit that folk morality fails to give an answer here. But, rather than discuss alternatives, I'd prefer to confine the discussion to how utilitarians work out these problems, because if we open up another subject that often derails a thread and I'm very interested, given the popularity of utilitarianism, in how people resolve these issues.
  12. Can anyone recommend any online mags that cover exclusively or primarily math and physics? Something like Quanta. Not exclusively math and physics, but heavy emphasis.
  13. If I can wrangle us back to the topic, what I meant by ladies man was was he someone who was successful with girls and had a lot of girlfriends/flings/lovers and let's not judge either the behavior or my way of expressing it, let's just try to get to the facts.
  14. I heard two science journalists say that he supposedly was. I was kind of surprised, because I remember reading something he'd written where he talked about, if I remember correctly, being in a frat where there was a dynamic of jocks helping the intellectuals with girls and the intellectuals helping the jocks with school and he was receiving help with girls. Is anything known on this important topic?
  15. What I'm really curious about is whether there are emergent phenomena in the cell that cannot be explained in terms of lower level laws - laws of physics that govern the constituent elements of the cell. So, if you take something like CRISPR (or any other more complicated and purposeful dynamic in a cell), I can't imagine that that very purposeful behavior can be explained in terms of laws of physics. It seems to me it's an emergent phenomenon. Now, to be clear, my question is not whether we can explain it RIGHT NOW, with our current knowledge of physics, rather I'm saying that it seems to me that those kind of behaviors CAN'T be explained in terms of the physical laws that describe the behavior of atoms which make the cell up. Is that so?
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