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Comment: Blah blah blah (Score 1) 86 86

Let's look at this new Twitter site, shall we? The only clickable links I can see are to follow Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. There is no explanation of what the numbers mean or how they're calculated, nothing. I'm not even sure what they were trying to achieve because the page has no information or context on it at all. This is garbage.

Comment: Asinine (Score 3, Insightful) 228 228

Rights are for humans or citizens. This is another case of trying to failing to generate an interesting philosophical question by taking an existing issue and adding 'with a computer'.

If corporations are allowed to be people then surely they, and not their computers, are accountable for what the computers do.

Comment: Speaking as an ignorant layperson (Score 0) 467 467

Just what makes you all so sure these guys *haven't* figured out a way to screen for racial impurities? Heck, DNA wasn't even thought to be important until recently. Time and time again ivory tower eggheads have turned out to be wrong, despite all their book learning.

Comment: Re:Won't ever have a decent debate... (Score 1) 493 493

That's why I said good teachers. I can't think of a single discipline where simply asserting something as unexplainable fact would be an acceptable teaching strategy, except maybe religious indoctrination.

It's perfectly acceptable for the average person to have the impression that the science is settled.

Comment: Re:Won't ever have a decent debate... (Score 1) 493 493

But this is exactly the kind of misunderstanding of evolution and selection pressures that science education should correct!

Populations evolve, not individuals. It's not so much that the organism "must first be adapted to the environment", it's that the only mutations which persist are adaptive. I'll grant that it's kind of a strange concept at first, but any inherent contradictions are illusory and most intro biology students (who have good teachers) eventually have the "a ha" moment somewhere in the first semester.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?