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Comment: Re:Head Start? (Score 1) 228

by The_Quinn (#37536302) Attached to: Australian Aboriginal DNA Suggests 70,000-Year History
Technology and freedom are the most important tools to achieving abundant habitation & agriculture. Not to mention temperature. We need the sustained high temperatures of the last 6000 years of interglacial to persist. (Most of the last 1/2 a million years was spent in ice ages; all of civilization developed during the current interglacial)

Comment: Re:Oh my (Score 1) 630

by The_Quinn (#34874974) Attached to: The Logical Leap: Induction In Physics
My guess is that you've only seen bad philosophies, and have thus turned away from the subject matter. However, nobody can escape philosophy.

When you look out at the world and make decisions about how to direct your life's actions, you are being guided by philosophy, whether implicitly or explicitly.

Questions like: "Is science valid?", "Is the universe knowable?", "What should I do now?" are all philosophical questions.

Comment: Re:children at risk (Score 1) 1252

by The_Quinn (#31123494) Attached to: Texas Textbooks Battle Is Actually an American War

Religion is merely a primitive form of philosophy, of attempting to understand the nature of the universe and man's place in it.

As such, it was important in the evolution of civilization - a necessary evil - but mankind has long evolved past the need for it's primitive approach to metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics.

The stories of invisible beings in mystical dimensions that guide us frightened know-nothings were made obsolete when Aristotle identified the foundations of reason and logic.

Today, religion is at best a disease-ridden security blanket, and at worst a dominant force to control man's mind, to subjugate his body, and to obliterate his capacity for rational thought (i.e. his means of survival).

Comment: Re:Afraid of Creationism? (Score 1) 1252

by The_Quinn (#31123312) Attached to: Texas Textbooks Battle Is Actually an American War

Evolution is not a religion, it is a theory.

The difference is that evolution is subject to investigation and falsification through a process of looking at the world and reasoning about it, whereas religion is a faith-based belief system.

Whether or not a given textbook is accurate or not has no bearing on the issue.

Quoting Popper (or Kuhn, or Feyerabend) doesn't help your claim - they do not speak for science or reason, they are merely little Kantians trying to secularize the religious assault on man's capacity to deal with truth.

Comment: Re:Doh! (Score 1) 74

by The_Quinn (#30962280) Attached to: Game Developers Note Net Neutrality Concerns To FCC

Name one, just one example, of an ISP privately negotiating right-of-way easements of any significant number in the USA.

Can you give me a list of ISPs that don't operate under government franchise, license, or subsidy?

I could walk around personally and get all the right-of-way agreements, but would I then be legally allowed to build the infrastructure? No, because government has a monopoly on infrastructure.

The fact that you lack the vision of how free people could live doesn't prove that free people would huddle in hovels without utilities and entertainment.

Not only would free people have cable, but the whole spectrum of entertainment options would blow the shit hole out of forced government network provisioning

Comment: Re:Doh! (Score 4, Insightful) 74

by The_Quinn (#30857620) Attached to: Game Developers Note Net Neutrality Concerns To FCC

As long as connectivity providers are also application providers, any application they don't like is a potential candidate for connectivity problems.

As long as ISPs face potential competition, any connectivity problem is a potential candidate for "losing-customers" problems.

Of course, that depends on ISPs not being entrenched in their crony capitalist markets through special licensing, franchises, and subsidies - as bequeathed by your bipartisan fascist overlords.

Comment: Re:No oil contracts (Score 1) 274

by The_Quinn (#30542024) Attached to: Climate, Habitat Threaten Wild Coffee Species

does not mean that access to the Iraqi oilfields was not a major consideration in the decision to invade Iraq.

Since Iraq was not a major source of intellectual or financial support for Totalitarian Islam (the enemy), I can't say that I have a good argument against your theory - although it needs some rigor to really back it up.

Comment: Re:Not a new warning (Score 1) 274

by The_Quinn (#30541996) Attached to: Climate, Habitat Threaten Wild Coffee Species

Even if your weather-control dreams came true - if you could bring the state of the environment into your perfect vision of a never-changing climate utopia ...

Even then...

The "poor who lack the means" will still die. Your grandiose visions of utopian climate equilibrium will not cause the poor to ascend into carefree joy.

What the poor need is not a never-changing climate (which has never existed and never will exist) - what they need is the freedom to pursue profit, and a philosophy that teaches them how to do it.

It wasn't an unchanging climate that led to the wealth of the West, and it is not a changing climate that prevents poor countries from becoming wealthy.

And it is wealth that poor countries need to deal with all of life's issues. If you really give a damn about poor people in poor countries, you should be advocating for capitalism and its' life-giving benefits.

Comment: Re:Not a new warning (Score 1) 274

by The_Quinn (#30541944) Attached to: Climate, Habitat Threaten Wild Coffee Species

Actually, changing from "global warming" to "climate change" has the nice advantage that it applies no matter what:

  • regardless of what aspect of the climate is changing
  • whether the changed aspect is man-made or not
  • whether the changed aspect is something to worry about or not
  • whether the changed aspect is beneficial or not.

Just spread fear about change as such, and the scared sheep will run.

Comment: Re:A lesson to Google (Score 1) 197

by The_Quinn (#30238152) Attached to: Italian Prosecutors Seek Prison Sentences For Google Execs

Every international company has to obey laws for that country, or not do business in that country.

The only thing you have to do is die.

Rosa Parks broke the law to give up her seat on the bus, and that's a good thing.

There is a distinction between the legal and the moral, especially when the former is not based on the latter.

Foreign governments don't have a right to impose their coercive whims on their citizens, and we don't have to, a priori, respect the legitimacy of such oppressive regimes.

Never test for an error condition you don't know how to handle. -- Steinbach

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