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Comment: Re:Difference between erratic & erotic (Score 1) 534

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#46825359) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Gut bacteria and virus have both been implicated in "mental" illness. Look up "Toxoplasmosis".

There's a reductionist orthodoxy, which views man as a brain on a stick - or a monkey driving a robot. Transplant the monkey in a new robot, and you have the same being. Only it's just not true.

Your entire nervous system is an extended "brain", in some regards. The entire "Me" that we have is a hive, and a colony of interdependence. Without getting all speculative or "holistic" examine mitochondria, for Pete's sake!

For the geek set: Luke is as much a manifestation of his midichloreans as he is a history of brain impulses. Put his brain in C3PO and you don't get Luke+Life Extension. You get a limited Luke simulacrum, able to replay Luke memory without new Luke experience or interaction. Plop his brain into Han Solo's body, and he will not be Luke anymore - He may be surprisingly like Han, with amnesia.

Comment: Re:Difference between erratic & erotic (Score 4, Interesting) 534

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#46819419) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Doubt "Big Bang"?

Well you should.

It can be said that: Under the conditions for which we need a working model, this 'Big Bang' hypothesis behaves in a way that consistently explains our extrapolations from observable phenomena. It also introduces some inconsistencies when take as a factual occurrence, when we introduce additional extrapolations from different phenomenal observations at quantum level. For those, notions such as "time" or "location" seem to be irrelevant, if not non-existent. This demolishes the very concept of actual measurement in any possible way - so let us posit additional models that require among other things, the hypothesizing of multiple, non-observed dimensions that nonetheless allow our maths to be validated and not face the ontological consequences of nothing being real.

Zeno had similar preoccupations, with time and position.

Comment: Re:Government is a tool (Score 1) 240

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#46811319) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

Who creates money?

Government does. Notice that every major currency in the world is backed by a government or in the case of the Euro, a group of governments. You have to go pretty far down in scale before you find currencies that aren't government-backed, such as BitCoin or currencies in MMOs.

Wrong.

Look into Federal Reserve system. It is not Federal. It does not maintain a reserve. It is a consortium of privately owned and undisclosed banks.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=how%20the%20federal%20reserve%20creates%20money

In modern, neo-Liberal economic societies Government borrows money from private, central banks. This money is called into creation as debt. The creation of the money is an act of the bank - an accounting phantom - entering new assets as black ink on their ledgers.

Government no more "creates money" under this scenario, that you do, by using a credit card.

If "governments" backed the money, they wouldn't declare "austerity" programs on their own constituency - but instead issue jubilee forgiveness, with full restoration of productive capacity, etc. Instead, the EU and US BOTH "bail out" creditor institutions, ceding all right to their own resources and productive capacity to ownership by the bank.

 

Comment: Re:Government is a tool (Score 2) 240

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#46800897) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

Government is only a corporate tool. Corporations are the shadow actors created by the super-rich to give themselves vehicles for action that are both superior to the state, and state-sanctioned legitimacy in this superiority.

Hating the "Government" is like pig-iron hating the hammer and the forge - not the Blacksmith.

If bankers can count, how come they have eight windows and only four tellers?

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