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Comment: What do women want? (Score 1) 298

by kanweg (#49439379) Attached to: Did Natural Selection Make the Dutch the Tallest People On the Planet?

I'm a Dutchman. I've been on on-line dating sites and length is definitely high on the list of desirable features Dutch women are looking for. It is explicitly stated. I'm 4 inch/10 cm shorter than the Dutch average for young people, and may length has definitely been a disadvantage.
When I'm abroad (say southern France), I feel TALL.

Is this desire for tall men just Dutch or is it a general thing?

Apart from being tall, being able to play guitar is also looked for. At least that is something one could do something about.

Comment: Re:Dupe? (Score 3, Interesting) 76

by kanweg (#49365219) Attached to: Material Made From Crustaceans Could Combat Battlefield Blood Loss

Thanks for the reply and the elucidation. I think it is a very good custom that saving a human life takes precedence.

Yes, I had a blunt way of posing the question. I'm not really sorry about that. Being without any factual basis, religion is a personal hobby and should not affect other people's lives. These days, the news is rather filled with items that are at odds with that.

It is rather sad that science is brought to the battle field (both for killing and surviving). If only soldiers limited themselves to taking their holy book with them and praying the enemy to death. There are no theists in foxholes, I guess.


Comment: Re:He's off his rocker. (Score 1) 531

by kanweg (#49139227) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

"I'm a Christian and his statements represent a gross misunderstanding of Christianity. "I don't see Christ's redemption limited to human beings," Reverend Dr. Christopher J. Benek ( The Bible time and time again states that Christ died for our disobedience towards God."

Did lizards, cats, mosquito's, eagles and fish eat from the apple too? They do die, don't they?

OK, cats have nine lives. You win.

Comment: Re:Please tell me this is satire (Score 5, Interesting) 320

by kanweg (#49130691) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

"Reality is, democratically elected parliament isn't supposed to be a bunch of elites but a cross-section of electorate. That means it needs to have a few superstitious people to be able to properly represent the population which also has such people in statistically significant amounts."

We let the people who can cook well be cooks, the people who drive well be drivers, etc. etc. Except politicians. Apparently it is perfectly possible to run a country without any qualifications (except perhaps the skill to convince other to vote for you). Or by averaging the opinion of milions of people. That is a terrible kind of democracy.

I would like politicians to pass various exams before they're allowed to "rule". (Logical reasoning, fallacies, decision making).
I would like anyone to be able to comment on whatever is up for vote (in a moderated system where any comment is allowed only once). So, a single individual could change the outcome, by having a strong argument or a better idea, benefitting everyone.

Why choose for a form of democracy that results in mediocrity, instead of excellence?


According to the latest official figures, 43% of all statistics are totally worthless.