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Comment Science or religion? It can't be both! (Score 4, Interesting) 775

So is creationism science, or is it religion?
I thought that creationists argued that their ideas were "scientific" or was that the intelligent designers?
Anyway, either it's a religion, the basis for the creationists' case here, and would therefore have no place in a proper education system to begin with,
or creationism is a science, giving it a place in the education system but allowing teacher to have & express a negative opinion about it.
This seems the kind of circular reasoning we've come to expect from creationists and intteligent design proponents, in yet another interesting new form.


After Learning Java Syntax, What Next? 293

Niris writes "I'm currently taking a course called Advanced Java Programming, which is using the text book Absolute Java, 4th edition, by Walter Savitch. As I work at night as a security guard in the middle of nowhere, I've had enough time to read through the entire course part of the book, finish all eleven chapter quizzes, and do all of the assignments within a month, so all that's left is a group assignment that won't be ready until late April. I'm trying to figure out what else to read that's Java related aside from the usual 'This is how to create a tree. This is recursion. This is how to implement an interface and make an anonymous object,' and wanted to see what Slashdotters have to suggest. So far I'm looking at reading Beginning Algorithms, by Simon Harris and James Ross."

Comment Creepy (Score 1) 2

Of course it sounds creepy. It was then, and it still is now.
But are the implicit criteria that are currently in effect to select the "haves" and de-select the "have-not's" on this planet any better?
On an overcrowded planet, when one wants to think about population and birth reduction, one can't write that down without at least some speculation on selection criteria.
The real danger is in giving a (small) group of people this power of selection, no matter what the criteria will be (though the ones mentioned here make up a creepy set indeed!).
"Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely".

Comment So that's what interstellar wars look like (Score 1) 101

So now we've seen the end (or the beginning?) of the first interstellar war. I wonder how much more we'll see in the coming years?
Only 600 million years for a star system with planets to form and one or more civilisations to evolve, then discover and annihilate each other is quite a respectable feat!

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