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Comment: Re:miscreation (Score 2) 341

by Culture20 (#48669319) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

The crap was in the LOTR appendices.

Show me anywhere in the appendices where an elf and dwarf fall in love.
Show me where the barrel-escape is a fast-paced, arrow-laden chase.
Show me the ridiculous fight between Smaug and Thorin's company. Smaug never met any of the dwarves in Thorin's group, and he never saw Bilbo. The whole time, he thought Bilbo was human (but was confused by the scent).
Show me Longshot^W Legolas using his luck powers and hollow bones to run up falling blocks.

Comment: Re:But an unborn baby is not a person. Riiiiiight. (Score 1) 183

by Culture20 (#48658297) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

if you take a full-functioning adult human, scoop out their brain and leave the rest on life support, do you have a person anymore? I'd hope we can agree the answer is no. Well then, at the single-cell stage, you don't have a brain, so you don't have a person. Somewhere along the line, cell-division starts to specialize and eventually there's a little bundle of brain cells. Say there's... a hundred specialized brain cells. Nothing that is capable of cogitation, so again, I'd think we can agree that we don't have a person. Somewhere along the line, things gather enough complexity to support personality, thought, self-awareness, and personhood. That may - or may not - be at 9 months/birth.

Keep in mind that the difference between your two examples is that - all things being equal - one will result in a new brain being formed, and thus is different from the other which will never grow a new brain.


ESA Carries Out Asteroid Impact Drill 69

Posted by Soulskill
from the hide-behind-the-moon dept.
Zothecula writes: If there were any dinosaurs around, they could tell you that an asteroid impact can ruin your whole day. But if we did learn that one was actually going to strike the Earth in a month, what would the authorities do? To find out, the European Space Agency held its first ever mock asteroid drill to work on solutions and identify problems in how to handle such a catastrophe.

Comment: Re:I don't care about NASA (Score 1) 156

by BlueStrat (#48650981) Attached to: Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

If your tax money went to SpaceX, it would convert them into a government-sponsored institution and would be doomed to be plagued by inefficiencies that do not exist in the purely private sector.

Only true if taxes are the only source of initial capital outlay and income for SpaceX.

Taxes would be paid to SpaceX as agreed-to remuneration according to a contract offered by the government and won through competition by SpaceX. Seeing as SpaceX is a private concern created with private capital which competes for contracts against other competitors not only on contracts with the US space program but also others, your statement fails on that basis.


Do you suffer painful illumination? -- Isaac Newton, "Optics"