Cochlear implants are not restoring hearing as an hearing person believes it is. I have a friend with two deaf daughters and both of them are having cochlear implants since they are young and they cannot communicate normally even with cochlear implants. Many people believe the cochlear implants are correcting the audition like glasses are correcting vision. The correction glasses can be made to exactly compensate for the vision defect. The cochlear implants cannot be adjusted to compensate the hearing loss exactly.
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I believe your description is grossly exagerated. In this world, deaf people are second class citizen, no doubt. This culture is just trying to counter balance the effect to be considered everyday of your life as a second zone citizen. It can be understood that some of them don't want to let go everything that was build around them to compensate for the handicap. This is a normal and perfectly understandable reaction. What I don't understand is why are you so angry against deaf people?
Most people without any hearing loss do not understand how deeply this handicap affect people in everyway in their life. Most of the time people are staring at them as if they are idiots because they didn't understand what was said and so on. As soon as you are shrinking the community, these people who are left behind are becoming completely isolated and left alone.
Deafness affect the relations you can have with others because it affects the communication unlike many other handicaps which do not affect communication but are restricting physical activities.
Sharing among deaf people is also an important part of pain relief.
I would like you to prove your point that deaf people are considering themselves as superior to hearing people. I have never seen that in my whole life and many of my relatives are deaf or hearing impaired. This kind of assertion needs some kind of serious backing. You are attacking a whole community without anything else to offer than your own mind. My experience proves me otherwise.
Survive for what? If we are stupid enough to wipe out ourselves from this planet, there is no point to try to survive elsewhere. That's for one. For two, survival in a such hostile environment means draining Earth ressoures for only a bunch of people. That's even more stupid than point one. Three, survival of the specie means sending more than two dozen of guys and gals on Mars. As soon as they will breed they will become genetically retarded and vulnerable to many diseases.
That survival thing is just a wet dream in the head of people without a clue about what is going on.
There is no purpose for one-way missions anyway.
If we cannot get people back or sustain life on Mars, there is no purpose on first place to send anyone there. The facts are there is no science to do we cannot do with probes, rovers and robots prior sending someone there and make sure we can get them back or sustain long term life with a high enough quality we are not turning them into monkeys in a cage at a TV zoo until they die.
Talking monkeys, why don't we try sending monkeys instead? Animal rights movements?
Code written in a different language is totally helpless here. Unless you believe the avionics is running on an interpreter instead of compiled code. Once compiled, the code is dialect free. An even if it is not my field, I doubt any sane designer will design avionics to run on a interpreter. We are talking about realtime systems here. A different kind of CPU makes sense if you want to isolate the system from bugs in hardware that may be specific to a kind of CPU.
The article doesn't worth reading beyond this paragraph:
"Ultimately, Yoshida would make headlines when he famously disobeyed instructions from TEPCO headquarters to stop using seawater to cool the reactors. Though he was later reprimanded, his disregard for corporate instructions was possibly the only reason that the reactor cores did not explode."
Obviously, the author doesn't know what he is talking about. A nuclear reactor doesn't explode. It melts. Some hydrogen gas may explode, however it has nothing to do with a nuclear explosion.