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Comment: Re:not so fast (Score 4, Funny) 128

by Xiver (#47753731) Attached to: Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain
You can scream this at the top of your lungs until you are blue in the face, but it probably won't make a difference. Explaining it carefully might convince a few people, but not about things they already believe in. Its been said so much that you wouldn't even post it under your username, because you know it will get adversely moderated. People have read it so much they cringe when they see it.

You'll never be able to convince people that toasters don't cause suicidal tendencies in teenagers.

Comment: Re:Efficiency. (Score 1) 937

by Xiver (#45909627) Attached to: Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?
It may not be as fuel efficient, but I consider my time to be worth much more than the few dollars that I would save by driving slower. Owning a self driving car would enable me to make better use of time while I'm forced to be on the road, but in many cases would still rather cut the drive time from my trip.

Driving 75 mph instead of 50 mph reduces my drive time by about 33%.

Comment: Re:Intelligence and Wisdom are Somewhat Orthogonal (Score 2) 213

by Xiver (#40847325) Attached to: Goodbye, IQ Tests: Brain Imaging Predicts Intelligence Levels
You'll see it over and over again. People believe what they want to believe and what they want to believe is often what is in their best interest to believe. Don't get me wrong, people do not set out to close their minds to opposing points of view, but it usually takes an overabundance of evidence by a trusted party to convince anyone to change their minds, no matter how intelligent they are. As a corollary; the longer someone holds a particular view the more difficult it is for that person to change that view.

Of course I could be wrong, but you'll have to prove it to me.

There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence. -- Jeremy S. Anderson

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