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Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 334

by Sperbels (#46503167) Attached to: Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

You think someone is trying to impose death on you?

Indirectly. I'm seeing several people arguing to let nature take it's course. I'm seeing people argue against transhumanist goals.

Do you really believe in the possibility that 1) there will be a transhumanist "solution" in your lifetime and 2) that you are going to be able to afford it?

No. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

Comment: Re:"LONG extinct"? Hah. (Score 1) 187

but it also strikes me as arguably sounding like animal cruelty. I'd suggest that the scientific discoveries we might make by doing this may be heavily outweighed by the ethical considerations involved.

Your logic seems to be that it's unethical to bring them into a world that they can't survive in. But they all endured the waxing and waning of ice ages before that. The current thinking is that either humans or some sudden climate catastrophe caused the Holocene megafaunal extinctions, and not an inability to adapt to post ice age climate conditions. The only thing that seems to be preventing most of these species from thriving today is humans themselves.

Comment: Re:Evolution less useful than math (Score 2) 431

by Sperbels (#46421941) Attached to: Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

'evolution facists' (facist as in trying to control other people's thoughts)

Eh? Teaching evolution in a *science* class is now controlling other people's thoughts? The whole reason this is an issue is because hardcore theists want to prevent it from being taught because they think it conflicts with one cultures interpretation of a creation story. Is that not attempting to control people's thoughts?

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]