Lawrence Krauss is an example of someone who would rather redefine "nothing" to mean "something" just so he can say "the universe came from nothing" to see how many people it annoys.
Precisely. The use of the word "nothing" is pure pseudoscience, uttered by who are more interested in scoring points against religion than saying anything of scientific relevance.
Are all droughts caused by global warming, or were there droughts before global warming? Or maybe global warming just makes all droughts worse? It couldn't possibly make a drought better, right. It probably makes all floods worse too. It probably just makes everything worse. Makes total sense.
And that while this is a tremendous experiment, it's not any kind of "smoking gun", and we really need to wait for replication to get properly excited.
It's not that it's not a smoking gun. It is a smoking gun. It's that scientists like to have several smoking guns.
This is certainly the first detection of gravity waves. True, the gravity waves themselves aren't operating directly on the instrument. But as one of the researchers pointed out, there are two ways you could detect waves in the ocean, you could put a buoy in the water and detect it moving up and down, or you could take a picture of the waves from a distance, and this is like the latter.
Exchanges folding up have nothing to do with whether or not bitcoin is a good investment. Bitcoin's value is the same as it was in mid-December. Exchanges folding up, rather, means that it's unwise to trust your bitcoins to be held by exchanges.
So you think there's some meta-authority over the government that tells it what spending is "mandatory"? No, there is not. The government decides what is mandatory. The government can change what is mandatory, the same as they change any other law.
You have it completely backwards. Most degrees are worthless to employers. Employable skills are not what is taught in college. If you want a good paying job, you should go to welding school. If you want a pile of debt and to live in you're parents' basement indefinitely, get a philosophy degree.
It costs so much because people have been conditioned to be willing to pay anything for it, believing it is essential for future success. And if they can't afford it the government ensures that they can borrow for it. There's no way tuition can possibly go but up until this scenario changes.
There is far more stability in USD now than when it was tied to gold. How soon people forget.
A NYSE stock can only be traded on the NYSE. Bitcoins can be traded and exchanged for dollars on many exchanges, coinbase now being the most popular. The problem isn't even that an exchange shut down, which wouldn't have been a big deal. The problem is that a lot of people trusted that exchange to hold their coins, and those coins have probably disappeared with the exchange.
Despite conventional wisdom that says otherwise, volatility is not the same as risk.
Humans just aren't built for that.
You know... I love the fact that we as a society are so wealthy that we can have soft easy lives. But the idea that we "just aren't built for" doing 6 10 hour days and then taking a whole day off is ridiculous. Someone doing something they're interested in will probably do something like those hours at a minimum.
For most of human history 60 hours would probably not even be sufficient simply for the human need to occupy one's mind, since there weren't always the entertainment options that we have now.
...we could just let people do whatever the fuck they want to do.
Flynt is sharper than any copper knife.
Obsidian is sharper than any copper knife.
Tribal people shave with flint to this day.
There is archaeological evidence of shaving going back 20,000 years.