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Comment: Re:easy answer. (Score 1) 394

by Sociable Scientician (#40638355) Attached to: A Million-Year Hard Disk

Given the advances in AI, encryption, pattern recognition and so on, the language it will be written in is completely secondary. Write it in the language which can render the best what you have to say. The Rosetta stone wouldn't be needed today to decrypt hieroglyphs and much harder puzzles were deciphered since then. As long as you have sufficient data or text written in that language.

This is shockingly wrong. There are still several completely undeciphered written languages, and many that are only partially deciphered. For instance, we still don't understand a single symbol of Linear A or the Indus Valley script. And most human languages are expressive enough to express almost any concept. Either way, we can't take for granted that future generations will have our level or a more advanced level of AI or pattern recognition or decryption algorithms.

Comment: Re:Ah don't worry... (Score 1) 445

by Sociable Scientician (#40613745) Attached to: Nobel Laureate Wiped From Pakistan's Textbooks As Heretic

Incidentally, that's also true of the Islamic world. If you are a Muslim, you are far more likely to be the victim of an Islamist terrorist than you are to be an Islamist terrorist or sympathiser thereof. That's partly because Islamist terrorists mostly target Muslims.

This just isn't factually correct. A Pew research poll shows that across 7 Muslim countries, support for Al Qaeda ranges from 3% to 49%, support for Hamas from 9% to 60%, and support for Hezbollah from 5% to 55%. In those same countries, between 20% and 46% of Muslims say "suicide bombing and other acts of violence against civilian targets in order to defend Islam from its enemies" are justified. At least three-quarters of Muslims in Egypt and Pakistan say they would favor making each of the following the law in their countries: stoning people who commit adultery, whippings and cutting off of hands for crimes like theft and robbery and the death penalty for those who leave the Muslim religion. Majorities of Muslims in Jordan and Nigeria also favor these harsh punishments.

Comment: Re:Ah don't worry... (Score 1) 445

by Sociable Scientician (#40613633) Attached to: Nobel Laureate Wiped From Pakistan's Textbooks As Heretic

The important part is that, being in a shit-hole place with shit education where everyone has been miserably poor for centuries has much more to do with you being a violent scumbag than the particular batshit superstitions you subscribe to.

The closest thing to a controlled experiment that we have in this regard is Nigeria. In the north of Nigeria, homosexuality is punishable by the death penalty, while in the south, it is not. Can you guess the key demographic difference between north and south?

Comment: Re:Another peaceful message (Score 1) 474

I see that you left out the bit that only 8,000 where interviewed. Interviewing implies those polled were the ones who wished to spend time giving their opinions of religion, this tends to favour those who are overtly religious. No information on how the interviewees were selected ie where people selected leaving religious buildings, were only males selected dressed in traditional garb for instance.

So pointless poll based upon gaining answer the poll producers wanted. All those countries have governments, seriously with 80% want religious rule they have religious rule, baring having an autocracy in charge. Hang out at Baptist Churches in the deep south of the US and you can get equally stupid answers to interview questions that in no way reflect the attitudes of the majority of Americans.

Liberals and progressive treat all fundamentalist religious types the same, largely ignore them, avoid pointless discussions with them and, when the prattle wild nonsense just point out the errors. It is no coincidence where liberals and progressives are in the minority religious morons screw everything up. The more religious morons and the fewer liberals and progressives the worse things are and straight up scale of stupidity versus intellect. Liberal and progressives also don't discriminate between religious fundamentalists lumping them all together. Christianity, woohoo, the inquisition and the crusades, there's something to be celebrated, 'NOT'.

Don't know where to begin answering your rambling post, but a sample size of 8,000 is considered pretty statistically representative. I don't know the ins-and-outs of Pew's polling methodology, but I'm sure they account for selection bias. I doubt they polled at mosques or whatever silly scenarios you're dreaming up. And I love how after discounting an empirical poll you come up with baseless speculation about what Baptists would say to those questions (btw, I'd wager you couldn't get 5% of Baptists in the US to say they want to KILL homosexuals, and you'd get close to 0% saying they'd want to kill converts/apostates). Either way, the reality of the polls is borne out in the laws of Muslim countries --again, where over a dozen have the death penalty for apostasy and homosexuality. ZERO Christian countries do. ZERO Buddhist countries do. ZERO polytheistic countries do....you get the idea. Nigeria, which is divided between Christians in the south and Muslims in the north, has the death penalty for apostasy and homosexuality in the north but not in the south.

Comment: Re:Another peaceful message (Score 1) 474

Because of course a small number of evil bastards act with the full support of all of the billions of Muslims in the world. By your logic, guys like Anders Breivik and Scott Roeder act with the full support of all Christians.

Listen, we all WISH this was about a small number of evil bastards. But every poll done in the Muslim world bears out that a surprising majority of Muslims approve of extreme, violent measures that are oppressive to Muslims, gays, and religious minorities. See this Pew poll, for instance: Majority of Muslims Want Islam in Government. From the LA Times writeup:

majorities in Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan and Nigeria would favor changing current laws to allow stoning as a punishment for adultery, hand amputation for theft and death for those who convert from Islam to another religion. About 85% of Pakistani Muslims said they would support a law segregating men and women in the workplace. Muslims in Indonesia, Egypt, Nigeria and Jordan were among the most enthusiastic, with more than three-quarters of poll respondents in those countries reporting positive views of Islam’s influence in politics: either that Islam had a large role in politics, and that was a good thing, or that it played a small role, and that was bad.

It's no coincidence that all of the world's roughly dozen countries with the death penalty for homosexuality or for converting to other religions are majority-Muslim.

Comment: Re:Do Not Want (Score 2) 329

You really are ignorant, or a troll. I didn't mention a single neurologist. All of those algorithms I mentioned were developed by professors in psychology departments, the "trash can" of academia according to you. Just today I saw a talk by Andrew Ng, the famous professor of Computer Science at Stanford, where he acknowledged his debt to Geoff Hinton, who has a degree and had a professorship in psychology. And you were the one saying that he should 'try his method in engineering' classes. Well, considering he took a whole degree's worth of math and other technical classes, I'm sure he is well aware of your stupid objections.

Comment: Re:Do Not Want (Score 2) 329

PhDs in psychology aren't hard to get. Actually, psychology is what we commonly call the trash can of higher education. If you want to get a degree and are useless for everything else then you're ready for studying psychology.

You seem pretty ignorant. Do you even know what current research in the fields of cognitive psychology or behavioral neuroscience is like? Here's a hint: they don't sit around studying Freud and performing psychoanalysis all day. A lot of state-of-the-art research in psychology involves computational models based of the techniques of statistical physics. Research into learning and perception in particular are closely tied to the heavily quantitative engineering discipline of machine learning, and several professors of psychology, such as Warren Torgerson (multidimensional scaling), Josh Tenenbaum (Isomap), Jay McClelland (connectionist neural networks) Geoff Hinton (deep belief netowrks) and Tom Griffiths (latent Dirichlet allocation) have contributed greatly to some prominent algorithms in machine learning that have real engineering applications.

His methods all sound nice, "don't take notes!". Well, he should go and try that in engineering. Lets see how long he'll last.

That's funny, because Dr. Bjork has a degree in mathematics. But of course, that's irrelevant, because his conclusions are not based on his personal experience, but rather on empirical measurements of learning in controlled laboratory settings. But maybe you wouldn't know about that as an engineer.

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The Proton Just Got Smaller 289

Posted by samzenpus
from the size-does-matter dept.
inflame writes "A new paper published in Nature has said that the proton may be smaller than we previously thought. The article states 'The difference is so infinitesimal that it might defy belief that anyone, even physicists, would care. But the new measurements could mean that there is a gap in existing theories of quantum mechanics. "It's a very serious discrepancy," says Ingo Sick, a physicist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, who has tried to reconcile the finding with four decades of previous measurements. "There is really something seriously wrong someplace."' Would this indicate new physics if proven?"

Comment: Re:I love moderates (Score 5, Informative) 1318

by Sociable Scientician (#32615510) Attached to: Pakistani Lawyer Wants Mark Zuckerberg Executed

I hate to bring this up because it's off topic. But Hitler was Catholic. He went to church, was backed by the Vatican and mentions doing Gods work in Mein Kampf. You can't disown him from your belief system because he was a cunt.

What??? How was this modded informative?? Hitler may have been born Catholic, but he was Catholic in the same way Marx was Jewish--both are religions that are also ethnic identities, because people are inducted into them in childhood. Here are some representative quotes from his later life:

"You see, it's been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn't we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?"

(Quoted by Albert Speer, architect of the Third Reich)

The individual may establish with pain today that with the appearance of Christianity the first spiritual terror entered into the far freer ancient world, but he will not be able to contest the fact that since then the world has been afflicted and dominated by this coercion, and that coercion is broken only by coercion, and terror only by terror.

--From Mein Kampf

"We do not want any other god than Germany itself. It is essential to have fanatical faith and hope and love in and for Germany."

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"

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