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Comment: 3 steps (Score 2, Insightful) 899 899

by A Pancake (#29416465) Attached to: How To Make Science Popular Again?

1. Teach critical thinking - Kids need to learn at an early age how to figure things out for themselves. This goes from how do I turn the TV on to Why is the sky blue. Self exploration of knowledge leads to a door that's hard to close. Starting at an early age, this could be enough on its own
2. Teach humility - We've all ran into ridiculous theories and misconceptions perpetuated by someones unwillingness to admit error. Before any progress can be done to foster a world driven by scientific process people need to be willing to say "I was wrong".
3. Say goodbye to religion - I have no problem with any specific ideology but an organization whose very approach means ignoring point number 1 and some amount of point number 2 will have no place in a scientific society. Sorry.

Comment: Re:You Cannot Give Offense (Score 1) 651 651

by A Pancake (#29304867) Attached to: Canadian Hate-Speech Law Violates Charter of Rights

It is your fault you're offended by it. That doesn't make it wrong to be offended.

Personally I don't find Westboro Baptists to be offensive. Sad, pathetic and deluded? Yes. However I see them more like a child acting out. If you ignore the behavior they will keep pushing and eventually give up. Of course sometimes children need spankings...

How you react to something is entirely in your control whether it initially seems like it or not.

Comment: Re:Heres an idea (Score 1) 144 144

by A Pancake (#29289061) Attached to: Running Over Virtual Pedestrians Helps In-Game Ad Recall

How about in game product placement? If I'm playing Gangsta Land II: The Ulaanbaatar Conspiracies I don't want to see drink machines with papsi cola on them. I want Pepsi cola. And I also want to be able to blow it the hell up.

If a game is going for immersion I want real products and decor. However, the revenue generated by this advertising must give me some benefit. If I'm going to view the ads I want something out of it otherwise I won't be buying your game. Use the money to make a better game or discount your games I don't really care, just give me something.

Comment: Re:Come On (Score 4, Insightful) 365 365

by A Pancake (#28781643) Attached to: Visualizing False Positives In Broad Screening

You'd have a really good point if there weren't actually bigoted assholes and/or ignorant people in the world who agree with the great-grand-parent. Earlier in my life I may have been one of them.

I remember painting Muslims with a very broad and unfair brush. People would tell me that all Muslims aren't bad and most want the same thing I do, peace and prosperity. Why don't they speak out against the bigoted extremist representatives then? I would ask.

I didn't have the slightest understanding of the culture and environment those types of ideas breed in and probably still don't. However, I can come out of my own bubble enough to ask myself the question - What motivation would I have to speak out against wrongs being done against a culture who shows repeated disrespect and ignorance for my own?

I'm not suggesting we adopt sharia law and that all North American women start wearing burqa as a sign of respect. There is a very thick line between embracing and adopting a culture and respecting it.

Comment: Re:Ultimate slaves? (Score 1) 295 295

by A Pancake (#28689861) Attached to: Hackers' Next Target — Your Brain?

Would that really be a problem? Presuming they do the logical thing and cause obeying them to trigger the pleasure centers of the brain you would genuinely enjoy it. For a lot of people, that would be a step up from where they are today.

I'm not saying I'd volunteer, but to some that might be an acceptable option.

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries