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Comment: Re:Point Missed (Score 1) 1328

by Sun Chi (#33472254) Attached to: Hawking Picks Physics Over God For Big Bang

And the differences are meaningful, and often important, but rarely worth the vitriol and venom that goes into articulating them.

Belief in a magical man in the sky, whatever flavor and variation that belief comes in, is one difference worth a great deal of vitriol and venom from atheists. This is especially clear given how actions by believers in support of their religion, often to the intentional detriment of non-believers, negatively affect people around the world physically, emotionally, and intellectually. And before the obvious rebuttal, no amount of good done by religious people absolves the institution of the ills done in its name.

Comment: Re:The Golden Mean (Score 1) 1328

by Sun Chi (#33472194) Attached to: Hawking Picks Physics Over God For Big Bang

Things we are deeply certain about generate very little in the way of zealotry

This might be true in the case of atheism if there wasn't a vast majority of people totally certain about the exact opposite, to the point where it interferes in the rationally thinking person's daily life. Until that is no longer the case, I hope people continue being as strong and vocal supporters of atheism as they can personally afford.

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Spore Prototypes Put Up By Maxis For Free Download 45

Posted by timothy
from the modify-it-your-own-durn-self dept.
azuredrake writes "According to GameDaily, EA today released a free download of a Spore prototype known as 'BIOME.' The download site describes BIOME as a program that 'uses a language based on chemical stoichiometry.' It goes on to note that 'cells in a BIOME simulation change state the same way that chemicals change when exposed to other chemicals. Systems such as this can be used to simulate phenomena such as forest fires, disease epidemics, animal migration patterns and crystallization.' Note that the link provided in the article is, in fact, incorrect. Here is the correct link. Apparently, many more prototypes giving insight into the dev process of one of the PC world's most-hyped games will be posted in the future, so keep an eye on it."
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Fish Pedicures 3 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the open-mouth-insert-fish dept.
A northern Virginia spa is making big waves by offering fish pedicures. John Ho and Yvonne Le have been offering the treatments for four months in their salon, Yvonne Hair and Nails. Customers place their feet in tanks of water where tiny carp eat the dead skin. The couple says over 5,000 people have had the skin eaten off their feet so far and John hopes to start a chain of Doctor Fish Massage franchises and is evaluating a full-body fish treatment. I think Mr. Ho is on to something here. It shouldn't be that hard to teach my lab to give French manicures, she chews on her own nails all the time.

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