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Comment: Re:Impossible to imagine (Score 1) 197

by kjllmn (#29450985) Attached to: Gene Therapy Cures Color-Blind Monkeys

I think actual blindness since birth has been proven to work like you would have expected this to work, that is, your brain is not capable of interpreting the signals even if they can be made to occur/reach it. (I guess it must have to do with age though, I can't see - no pun - why a six-months-old wouldn't be able to learn to see.) If this is so, apparently knowing how to see is of a different order of magnitude than what colors you see. Anyhow, it would be truly amazing to hear from an ex-colorblind person about the experience of seeing a to him completely new color.

Comment: Re:2-dimensional time? (Score 2, Interesting) 113

by kjllmn (#29157141) Attached to: Big Bang Could Be Recreated Inside a Metamaterial

Imagine being on a spot in spacewise 2-dimensional universe. One kind of time could be like moving within this area, time passing, the other like not moving spacewise but only timewise, so that you'd walk through the "absolutely" same spot, but through time, not space. Imagine popping from frame to frame in the Game of Life-simulation, not moving sideways but only to the next frame, and the next. I dunno if this was clear though...?

Comment: Re:metamaterials are just periodic structures (Score 3, Insightful) 113

by kjllmn (#29157059) Attached to: Big Bang Could Be Recreated Inside a Metamaterial

Perhaps two dimensions of time is like you could go not only forward and backward in time (not that you can), but also up and down, moving "within" what we now think of as a unit of time. I can imagine such a concept could come in handy to explain mysterious things like action at a distance (gravity, QM).

Comment: Re:It's not the typing (Score 1) 494

by kjllmn (#29122741) Attached to: Is Typing Ruining Your Ability To Spell?

I used to be a grammar and spelling Nazi, which probably was a symptom of my obsessive compulsive disorder. Now that it is taken care of (medicated), I write worse, spell worse, make homophonic mistakes etc, and do not care so much about whether other people write properly or not. Years of typing made no difference at all though. But being a grammar and spelling Nazi may, I take from my own experience, be about being undiagnosed, not about being correct.

Comment: Re:ten thousand years (Score 1) 398

by kjllmn (#28581621) Attached to: Hawking Says Humans Have Entered a New Stage of Evolution

"external force trying to achieve these alterations by exerting absolute control over breeding""

That force could very well be a change in the environment. That is, there is no need for any conscious control or Controller (Designer). Evolution is slow when there is no need for it, but death to the unfit makes change happen pretty fast.

Comment: Re:Devolution? (Score 1) 398

by kjllmn (#28581541) Attached to: Hawking Says Humans Have Entered a New Stage of Evolution

Well, as they are able to reproduce they are not less robust. Things have changed. Survival of the fittest doesn't mean survival of those who go to the gym but survival of those best fitted to the environment in which they live. Surviving into an age where you can reproduce yourself is ALL that counts. THAT's evolution.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie

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