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Comment: Doctors without Borders (Score 1) 268 268

Recently a friend passed away. He knew he was dying, had no family, and wanted to donate all his fortune (a few million). He spent his last months researching which charities actually did a lot of good for the money. In the end, he could only find four. He split his estate equally among them.

Unfortunately I cannot remember three of them, but one of them was Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders). He was a smart guy. Worked for Nasa doing risk analysis among other cool jobs.

Comment: Re:Welcome to Fascist America! (Score 1) 413 413

This is pretty incoherent. The authors of the Constitution were rightly afraid of corruption in government power, but their solution, as you point out, was to set government power in opposition to itself.

This still doesn't address the problem that good government comes from people governing well, not from more or less of a quantity of "government". Thinking along those terms is merely replacing the relevant question with a nonsensical one.

Comment: Re:Reconciling faith with science (Score 1) 305 305

That's not what revelation means.

"Most people learn what they were taught and then grow from there. "

Most people learn how major discoveries in science were reached. This is above and beyond learning of just the results of the discovery.

"Thus, scientific understanding is very much built upon the shoulders of giants just as religious beliefs are."

Giants aren't necessary for religion and are unwanted anyway, since there isn't anywhere for them to stand.

  "IMO, the only conflict between those two philosophies lies in the minds and hearts of those who reject religion. "

The history of science is a centuries long displacement of religion as the dominant mode of thought. The conflict, such as it is, is an utter rout. It's just slower moving than anything you can follow, apparently. It's also still on-going. How many people still believe in a soul? Almost everyone, I expect. Probably about the same fraction of people who believed humans were created and not evolved in 1850.

Comment: Re:Reconciling faith with science (Score 1) 305 305

"So spare me the "scientists know it all" mantra. Science without morals and ethics is just a path to destruction."

Strawman much?

"National Socialism and Communism as examples of political systems driven almost exclusively by scientific considerations"

Quite the contrary. Like most political leaders, they were enthusiastic about scientific concepts that fit their world view, but Nazis and Communists were extremely antagonistic to any science which might threaten it.

The most scientific oriented government, both in policy and origin, is undoubtedly the modern democracies, created by men who were careful to study the flaws of the powerful, to account for them, and to allow for change should future generations gain more wisdom on the subject.

Comment: Hard to predict (Score 1) 193 193

These kind of events often follow a power law for how bad they get. It's notoriously (maybe impossible) to guess the magnitude of a power law event in advance. Also, my guess is they are not able to accurately account for adaptation in behavior of normal people in the disease zone. That's the sort of factor that will almost by definition be under-predicted.

If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong. -- Norm Schryer

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