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Comment: Anthropic principle (Score 0) 137

by should_be_linear (#48601481) Attached to: How Birds Lost Their Teeth
Anthropic principle can be applied here. If birds had teeth, they would evolve into mammal-eaters and pose great threat to any mamal that lives above surface. It is hard to imagine human evolution in such circumstances. Basically, if birds had teeth, there would be nobody intelligent to observe them. It is one of many unlikely random events in nature (including many constants physics) that is somehow biased towards our existence.

Comment: Elephants can paint too (Score 1) 91

by should_be_linear (#47805225) Attached to: Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art
We know that african elephants are capable of painting beuatifull pictures, so it is quite easy to imagine Neanderthals doing that and much more then that. It seems, that intelligence is not "so special" as we tought. We probably slaughtered Neanderthals, otherwise we could have 2 intelligent species already (and probably many more to come in the coming millions of years).

Comment: Reason (Score 1) 276

If we imagine society as noise of randomly colored dots, for example, blue dots can represents people currently connected to Facebook. There are so many blue dots in current society, that highly intelligent person could easily predict this even 20 years ago, right? Well, problem is, this color first appeared couple of years ago, there was no blue color among dots we see *at all*. Breakthrough events that forms society like this comes like explosion, and brings new colors that was never seen before. We can predict and imagine only in colors we know, not in colors we've never seen.

Comment: "Dolmush" (Score 5, Interesting) 72

In Turkey, I saw even better thing. Idea is this: public transport bus is too slow and awkward: stops are either sparse - lots of walking, or dense - making traveling too slow, and taxi for single person is too expensive (fuel + driver). In Turkey these is this "Dolmush" thing, which is mini-bus, that stops anywhere (like Taxi), costs fix rate (like public transport) and is just practical. It kicks ass of all other forms of public transport *AND* computerized car/taxi sharing.

Comment: Re:It'll work if you want to suceed (Score 1) 397

When we (and I can speak only for the Chinese here) fail, we look into ourselves trying to find where we have failed - and in doing so, we mend up our weakness, and turn that failure into a lesson.

OK, fair enough, but from my European perspective, person that (rightfully) blames society for unfair treatment, for example in rich afroamerican pop-culture, is doing "human" thing. Community that "look into ourselves trying to find where we have failed" seems more like colony of ants to me. Maybe this is why unions are strong in Europe, I don't want to "blame myself" all the time, for everything that goes wrong, I am often quite comfortable with blaming those in power, actually.

1 Billion dollars of budget deficit = 1 Gramm-Rudman