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Comment Re:Head Start? (Score 1) 228

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

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:Greed (Score 1) 434

If you discover a profitable business model for TV/movies that doesn't require commercials, you would be providing a valuable service to people, and you would become rich. That would be heroic (as opposed to simply bitching and moaning *Gimme Gimme ... I want ... I want*)

Comment Re:5 page paper? (Score 1) 539

I was called to jury duty once, 1994. During the questioning of prospective jurors, I was asked a question about whether I could follow the judge's instructions on how to apply the law to the the case. I answered "There are two schools of thought on this, 1) that the jury must follow such instructions and 2) that the judge has no business instructing the jury on anything. I subscribe to the later." This got me a very dirty look from the judge, followed by her furiously typing something in about my answer. Needless to say, I was not picked as a juror that day. And, 16 years later, I have never been called back for jury duty. That may just be the odds of being called, however, I think the judge's note (whatever it was) was probably along the lines of "Never, ever summon this person for jury duty ever again!!!!"

The trouble with a lot of self-made men is that they worship their creator.