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Comment Re:Robots will replace blue collar labor (Score 1) 625

Perhaps, but it is politicians and a misinformed public that believe that we should get rid of nuclear power altogether because of a couple of fuckups. A more scientific way to react would be to figure out what went wrong and institute steps to prevent the same failures. Science is not a religion, because there is actually proof in science as opposed to faith.

Comment Re:Robots will replace blue collar labor (Score 1) 625

The main point of my previous comment was that our current mode of government is not ideal for teaching or understanding science. Perhaps having more experts in charge would help, but I think that maybe government isn't the answer for every problem. In the case of having more scientifically literate representation, I see the major downside of that being that the majority of the electorate are not scientifically literate themselves and would not appreciate a stance on issues that is actually based on facts. Government is emotional territory. As a scientist, I believe that I should do what I can to help future generations of scientists---not necessarily my own children either. Science works and has given us some amazing insight into our world. Even if the jobs we do in the future are not the ones we do now, I'd be willing to bet that science will play a big part in the majority of industry. I'd also be willing to bet that it won't be government that determines what jobs are taken over by "robots"( or maybe more realistically called automation.)

Comment Re:Robots will replace blue collar labor (Score 4, Interesting) 625

I would agree with you, but American government probably wouldn't want chemistry sets to wind up into more people's hands. Think of how many potential terrorists we would have! Joking aside, I am an industrial chemist and I truly support more science education. But as we have all seen in the aftermath of Fukushima, politicos do not understand science. They think it is something that is democratically worked on, but science isn't democratic...nature is nature. Now vetting of scientific theories is somewhat scientific in terms of peer review and replication, but understanding that would require actual work and research on the part of our representatives. I wouldn't count on public school teachers to understand science enough to be able to teach it well to future generations. I think we, as nerds/scientists, should do more to educate young'uns to become our replacements.

Comment Re:Nothing to see here.... (Score 1) 383

"It's also been found that most people have more mercury in their blood than is normal". Normal? Do you mean average? If you do, I would say that it's a pretty safe bet that of a random group of people tested for mercury in their blood, about 50% would have above average levels and about 50% would have lower than average levels. Am I missing something here?

Comment Re:What he took away is more precious than given (Score 1) 1613

What are you talking about? I was referring to your "i wonder if the other steve can turn things around and make apple more in line with the spirit of information technology freedom and progress again ...". The other Steve has almost nothing to do with Apple as it is run now. You were just saying things to hear yourself talk.

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