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The evolutionists used to say that human intelligence could be explained by evolutionary process of natural selection, and they made no reference to viruses
The article has nothing to do with natural selection. There are two main components to evolution, mutation and natural selection. Natural selection is the description given to processes that determine what mutations remain in the gene pool, and what ones die out due to giving a poorer chance of survival and/or reproduction. The article here is about the mutation side of evolution.
but really, such a creature would more likely be what's commonly called a "civilization".
"Which is to say, what astronomers may have taken to be two massive balls of plasma locked in a gravitational embrace could actually be a very large, very hungry civilization devouring a hapless star."
There is no conclusive evidence that scientific research on animals yields meaningful results for human welfare.
We need more research on animals to test this.
Researchers at Stanford University experimented by interfering with PirB, a protein expressed in animal brain cells that allows skills to be recalled but which also hampers the ability to learn new skills, and realised they could disrupt the receptor’s regular function, allowing the brain to make faster connections."
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A superior education system... for a country which mysteriously produces a tiny fraction of the R&D that the US does? Tell me, why is that that almost all the big and great inventions come from people working the in United States?
Firstly, Sweden has a tiny fraction of the population of the US. Secondly, I note you said people working the in United States, not people educated in the United States.
Now, what's left is to determine, that the 7.38 vs. 8.02 difference is thanks to, rather than despite of their taxes being higher — rather than, say, those demography, social and cultural characteristics
You obviously misunderstand. Their higher taxes are a result of those different social and cultural characteristics, as also is their better quality of life.
Are more interested in discovering new things or proving old things wrong, than trying to make friends with everyone.
That is quite possible. However, I would like to point out that scientists are rated as some of the friendliest, or warmest, people. If you look at the diagram in the article, it lists about 45 jobs (I wasn't too careful counting). Scientists appear to be in 13th place.