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Comment: Re:Oh the humanity! (Score 1) 328

by gtall (#49382115) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Yes, that's true about a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science. However, you'd have to be daft to think of that as a true philosophy degree.

Just for the record, I taught the graduate level sequence in first order logic and recursion theory at a major university for two years. I'm very well aware of philosophy depts. and logic. Check out Stanford's program sometime.

Comment: Re:Liberal Arts education is valuable. (Score 2) 328

by gtall (#49379965) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

That's if the point of an education is to get a job. The point of a liberal arts education is not to get a job, but to have a well-rounded background in many areas and capable of a depth of thought. Many things in the world are not as they appear on the surface. That you may find a job given that education would be a wonderful thing, but it isn't the point.

I would argue the point of a STEM education is also somewhat misguided. The point it to be proficient in a particular field or more than one field. The fact that you can get a job on that basis is secondary. And if you never learned how to think hard as a result of your education, you will sooner or later fail in a technical field.

All of this collides with the brutal fact that without a job, you aren't going anywhere no matter how educated you are. However, if I stuck to only learning what I *thought* I needed in math and logic, I'd be damn near useless in my current position...hell, in most of my previous positions as well. If I never learned anything outside of STEM, I'd be useless as well.

Comment: Re:Legal (Score 1) 180

by gtall (#49362623) Attached to: Commercial Flamethrower Successfully Crowdfunded

Hehehehe...and there are two congresscritters who want to do away with Wash. D.C. gun laws. There are only several killed every week using guns in D.C., of course they can always walk them over the border from Virginia which is awash in guns and dumbfucks toting them around to make their dicks look bigger. Wait until one of those congresscritter's loved ones get whacked, we'll see how enthusiastic those dimbulbs will be then.

Oh, and say away from Republican candidates for president, they are all packing guns for the cameras. Shouldn't be too long before one of them blows his foot off.

Comment: Re:Not The First (Score 1) 737

by gtall (#49346413) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Ackkkk! You don't know your theology, Allah is so other that he never communicates directly with man, he sends an angel. Even Muhammad was communicated to by an angel...oh piss, he was communicated to because the idiot part of his brain was speaking voices to the other idiot part of his brain and he took it to be Gabriel. Being someone afflicted with grandiosity (among his other mental ailments), he went on to conquer a good part of Saudi Arabia, blame the Jews for his problems, and declare himself Prophet Forever, i.e., there'll be no other such deluded soul to follow him...typical scam produced by a mental illness. Putin isn't quite as far gone but I deem he'll get there in the end...maybe that wax Lenin will start talking to him.

Comment: Re:Explain this to me. (Score 1) 148

by gtall (#49343261) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

Yes, let's forget the Hezbollah in Lebanon who started the last Lebanon-Israeli war, the Shi'ite stooges of Iran in Iraq who are helping turn the country into a continuous civil war, the Houthis in Yemen who decided their neck of the woods wasn't enough that they needed to try to take all of Yemen which will probably spark the next Yemen civil war, the help the Iranians gave to al Qaeda when all those nice al Qaedians wanted was a safe place to hide after attacking the U.S., the bombing of the Jewish center in Argentina, etc. The list of Iranian atrocities is very deep including their repression of minorities in Iran, the repression of gays in Iran, the repression of any serious opposition to the nutjob mullahs in Iran and using Hezbollah thugs to silence the opposition during previous elections, the periodic stealing people from other countries for stupid show trials in Iran, etc. And Iran attempting to build a atom bomb because they fear their dicks will be too small without one.

Yep, the Iranians are a bunch of fluffy bunnies. Hey, you aren't really Joe Biden, are you?

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