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Comment: Re:As an Engineer/Journeyman Machinist I can tell (Score 1) 188

by Alsee (#49212369) Attached to: The Origin of Life and the Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality

Or.........
as a computer scientist you could look into the field of evolutionary algorithms, discover that evolution is an applied science used by half of Fortune 500 companies, discover how evolution does work, and write your own code and witness first hand that evolution works.

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Comment: Re: Salem Hypothis: Be careful not to paint with (Score 1) 188

by Alsee (#49211653) Attached to: The Origin of Life and the Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality

Let's say 30% of the population are creationists.
Let's say 10% of Engineers are creationists, because creationists are less likely to pursue the field and/or because their education convinced them to no longer be creationists.
Let's say 1% of scientists are creationists, because creationists are less likely to pursue the field and/or because their education convinced them to no longer be creationists.

Result: Any creationist claiming to have a "science degree" has something like a 90% chance of turning out to have an engineering degree.... even though engineers are unlikely to be creationists.

That's the Salem Hypothesis. Creationists claiming science degrees tend to be engineers, even though engineers tend not to be creationists.

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Comment: Re:Quantum commuicantion (Score 1) 188

by Alsee (#49211555) Attached to: The Origin of Life and the Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality

studies =shown there is no difference in effect between placebo groups and the group receiving EMF radiation

Which only goes to prove that the negative health effects of placebos can be as severe as the negative health effects caused by EMFs.

We need a law banning EMFs *and* banning placebos.

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Comment: Re:Not at all surprising (Score 1) 187

by Monkey-Man2000 (#49211233) Attached to: China's Arthur C. Clarke
Maybe I wasn't clear, I mean they fundamentally value the society over the individual more than Westerners. What you describe with a car hitting a person and delivering aid is perfectly consistent with that. What degree that is learning or innate is not clear. And I think you are projecting admiration on them because otherwise more people would act in such a way that they so admired (according to you), and then you wouldn't have an example like this to provide.

Comment: Re:Not at all surprising (Score 5, Informative) 187

by Monkey-Man2000 (#49210785) Attached to: China's Arthur C. Clarke
Or...if you have talked to any native Chinese in some depth you might realize that a lot of them actually have different values than Westerners about social responsibility and such. Far beyond what we are accustomed to with our emphasis on individuality, etc. Their system of government didn't develop in a vacuum and was certainly informed by their culture. So, I think you're right that your comment is a bit of a kneejerk response that assumes their authoritarian government has a hand in EVERYTHING.

That said, I would also assume that if his books were promoting pro-capitalist or anti-government ideas they would have been censored immediately, so maybe we're missing all the "Westernized" Chinese sci-fi books because of this...

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 3, Insightful) 331

by Monkey-Man2000 (#49182059) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen
The film was actually a pretty good satire and action flick (a la Robocop) if you ignore the book, and I agree it should not profess to be based on it. I don't have a better idea for a title offhand for it though; maybe "Interplanetary Troopers", "Space Troopers"? Nah, Starship Troopers just has a better ring to it... Anyway, a more faithful adaptation would have been so much different and required a substantially larger budget I suspect...

Comment: Re:I Read All of Heinlein's Stuff (Score 2) 331

by Monkey-Man2000 (#49181921) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen
Now that you're older you should reread them. I've only read a few including this, Starship Troopers, and Strangers in a Strange Land, and there is a lot more than just a fun story going on in them, and I think a good case can be made that the stories actually subserve their underlying themes (WHATEVER they were).

Comment: Re:Who is this director? (Score 1) 222

by Monkey-Man2000 (#49146993) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

I've never seen any of this directors movies. What make him qualified to work on this?

He's not Ridley Scott, and therefore Harrison Ford would potentially be able to put up with him long enough to make another Blade Runner movie. Supposedly, a principal reason why this movie has been delayed so long was because of how much Harrison hated working with Ridley.

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