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Comment: Re:Religion and evolution (Score 1) 431

by paazin (#46420323) Attached to: Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams
Actually, fun fact: the Haredi, the sect described in the article, are a growing proportion of the population of Israel simply because of their large fertility rate -- and an increasingly important demographic politically (hence a reason why there has been an uptick of conservatism in Israel). So it can be argued that they are indeed winning evolutionarily.

Comment: Re:I thought this had been settled long ago. (Score 1) 491

by paazin (#46349785) Attached to: Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

Except that it is not. There are currently about two million practicing engineers in the USA, and that number is growing by about 70,000 per year. So we are not "shedding" STEM jobs. The unemployment rate for computer professionals and engineers is about 3% compared to an overall rate of over 7%.

I apologize for interrupting this whine-fest with actual facts.

Actually for equivalently educated Americans (those who concluded accredited undergraduate degree programs) you're looking at around 4% unemployment versus a overall computer/math degree unemployment of 3.4% (as quoted in the original article).

It isn't that large of a gulf as it may appear with the general populace.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 359

by paazin (#46326365) Attached to: Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

do we want to teach the next generation that government responsibility and transparency are virtues, and that acting in service to the truth is good? that whistleblowing is something to be admired? or do we want to show them that it's a good way to serve attention-seeking narcissists?

This. It saddens me how much vitriol is offered in return to people who suggest as much; sort of bewildering.

Comment: Re:It's a Cookbook (Score 2) 48

by paazin (#46304359) Attached to: The Science of Social Participation

Couple that with the growing understanding of the brain, how it functions, and how to read it via various imaging techniques, and the growing understanding of the genetic links to behavior and you have the foundations for the future development of either major medical breakthroughs, or terrible tools of oppression. I wonder if we have the ethics to use these many new tools for good? Humanity has a tendency for technology to outpace wisdom.

Much of this rhetoric borders on needless alarmism; we've had technologies of destruction and oppression for decades and we've managed fairly well despite it. Don't forget that psychological/scientific analysis of human behavior has been influencing politics and those in power for over a century now.

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?