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  1. Thanks for replies. Yes, I realize it's Ckeditor, so I meant to suggest an upgrade to newer version, or perhaps a different implementation. Ckeditor is flexible and can be installed in a variety of ways. I have my browser set to 22 point font. I can read posts fine. Text in editor appears to be 12. Just so you know, I don't have these problems on any other forum. Not trying to declare a crisis, as clearly many others are managing. But, you might be losing folks who don't bother to complain. Sorry, not trying to start an endless rant thread, just attempting to clarfiy. Ho
  2. Hi guys, Sorry to complain, but this section requests comments, so here they are. I can't figure out how to use the quote function in the post editor panel, which converts participation from something fun in to something just not worth it. To put this in some context, I've been working online as a tech for almost 20 years, and have coded my own forum software from scratch. Point being, if I can't figure it out, others probably can't either. Also, the default font size of editor is set very low for we of older eyes, and thus I have to manually boost the fonts in editor (often
  3. Cool thread, thanks. Still working my way through the posts, but this seemed the place to start. Apologies, but I'm finding the quote function here almost impossible to use, the post editor quite trying, so for now this won't be ideal. Phil For All said, "Believing so strongly in things that have the least amount of evidence to support them seems ludicrous to me." I would suggest starting with this question. What is your goal in considering this question? Are you attempting to understand faith, or express your feelings about it?
  4. Hello again, First, thanks to everyone who has participated in this thread, appreciated. Second, I hope it's ok to re-energize this thread, as I seem to suffer from an incurable addiction to this particular topic. Third, please understand I'm arguing one side of the case not because it's the only valid point of view, or even that I totally agree with every detail of it, but because it seems some counter point to a cultural group consensus might be useful, or at least somewhat interesting. To recap, we have been examining the relationship between knowledge (and the power that flows f
  5. Ok guys, no problem. I'll retire and leave the floor to you. Have fun.
  6. Please don't take offense, but while you sincerely believe you are arguing for progress, you are actually arguing for continuing to do the same thing over and over again without change. The status quo. The same philosophy of knowledge we've always used, since the beginning of time. You are arguing for the past. I'm the one arguing for learning something truly new, how to be sane. Insanity of various flavors and levels thoroughly infects every human life, and every human situation. We see it on forums on a daily basis, and everywhere else too. Why shouldn't we grow some balls,
  7. I don't disagree. So what? One bad day is all that's needed. So far... We can proceed forward with knowledge when we are mature enough to handle it responsibly. The more knowledge you want to have, the more mature we need to be.
  8. Very good question! I'd say the only we can be sure of is that staying on the present course will eventually lead to the end of all such good questions.
  9. Have you heard of religious fundamentalists? Have you heard that the government and armed forces of Pakistan and Iran have a number of them? There you go, now you're catching on. Osama bin Laden punched the U.S. in the nose, knowing it would bring the largest military force in history right down on his head. You're of course entirely 100% right that it didn't happen. You have to continually be right in every such circumstance from now on. No room for error, if you're wrong just once, game over. Teach the next generation of brain scientists. Very
  10. You have 10 seconds to withdraw that comment or I will launch a full scale nuclear strike upon your home base. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6.... See guys, it's happening already, right here on this little forum. Soon we'll be calling each other names, and then the mod will nuke us all. What's the logic of making characterizations of each other's remarks? There is none. But we, including me, are human. Yep, me too, I've been banned a number of times. Given that evidence, do you want me to have a nuke? Imagine that all of us had a digital nuke that could blow up this entire forum. Very fe
  11. This is an important subject, and you guys are making good points. Let's not let the thread dissolve in to personal stuff, ok? We attempt to change the nature of human beings all the time via law, drugs, religion, public dialogue etc. Legal drugs are a massive technical attempt to alter psychology. Billions have been spent developing these drugs. All with the support of the public and scientific community. Please research how many nukes Pakistan and India have, and what the result of their use would be. That's a very realistic possibility, as Pakistan is usuall
  12. I agree. Scientists thrive on big ambitious challenges, and I've offered them one, changing the nature of human beings. The first problem we face is that instead of welcoming the challenge, every available argument will be offered as to why we shouldn't welcome the challenge. The heart of the problem is philosophical and political, not scientific. My thesis requires only one bad day. Just one. I agree we are making progress of a sort. Progress isn't enough. In order to prevent that one bad day we need a permanent and perfect record of avoiding the one bad day. Or
  13. Redirect all research that isn't immediately pressing in to research of the human mind. Some current research is pressing, global warming comes to mind. Discovering the Higgs and going to Mars etc can wait. They'll both still be there when we're ready. My thesis is that if we don't do first things first, we'll never be ready, as we'll be dead or scrounging for bugs in the forest.
  14. I'm not proposing that we not move forward. I'm proposing we move forward in a particular direction, identify the source of the problem and address it. If we insist that we must remain unchanged, the source of the problem is our "more is better" philosophy of knowledge. If we insist that our philosophy of knowledge must remain unchanged, then we are the source of the problem. We could approach it from either direction. My proposal is that we could have either, but not both. If we remain the same, and receive ever more power, sooner or later we'll make a fatal mistake with that
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