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Comment Re:Congratulations (Score 1) 762

Even though I dont agree with you I will commend you for focusing on the key issue instead of chasing down side-alleys. But in fact your analysis, while commonly held, is fundamentally incorrect. These are not biological divisions but simple *statistical differences* - and much, much smaller than the differences between individuals of the same 'race.' You can redraw your *race* lines in a hundred different pseudo-random ways and get several hundred different groups that will all be somewhat mushily distinguishable on the basis of tiny statistical differences but that doesnt mean there is any real biological division there. The difference between two individuals is typically orders of magnitude larger than the differences between these supposed races.

Which indicates clearly they dont really exist. They are socially constructed categories given added and undeserved credibility by the assumption that they reflect a biological reality to which, in fact, they bear little to no resemblance.

Comment Re:Congratulations (Score 1) 762

You are simply wrong. In common usage, race comes out nearly the same as ethnicity, but it is not an exact synonym. The distinction is that race carries with it the notion of biological division, which ethnicity does not imply. And it is precisely that element of biological division which does not, in fact, exist among humans today.

Comment Re:Congratulations (Score 1) 762

"It's all the same." No, actually, it's not all the same. Racism is unique in that it is prejudice based entirely on delusion. Men and women really are different on a biological level - I am not saying that excuses sexism, but sex itself is not something we just invented and assign arbitrarily, it's a real biological distinction. Race is not.

Comment Re:Congratulations (Score 1) 762

"Are you really going to ignore my point because of semantics?"

I am really going to point out when the point you thought you were making is inaccessible or unclear at best, because of your lack of semantic hygiene. You bet.

Semantic hygiene is extremely important if you wish to be able to think clearly and communicate clearly. If you think that semantics is somehow trivial or unimportant? You need to rethink that and find your error.

Unfortunately you may have to improve your semantic hygiene before you will be able to think clearly enough to realise how important it is. Kind of a chicken and egg problem there I guess.

Comment Re:Congratulations (Score 1) 762

No, actually, 'race' is a flat out delusion. It is distinct from ethnicity and implies a biological connection (between members of a purported race) as well as biological separation (between the purported races) neither of which actually exists.

It's not impossible to have multiple human races on the planet - it's happened before and it might well happen again. But the last human race besides our own, the Neanderthals, have been extinct for quite some time now, and all living humans are clearly of the same race.

Comment Re:Congratulations (Score 1) 762

"Let's face reality here - so long as there are obviously different races, there will be racism; it's an inevitability."

Let's face reality here - all humans are clearly members of one race. Racism is the *delusion* to the contrary. Apparently it is a delusion you have yet to free yourself from.

You need to set your own mind free before you can help others with their own.

Comment Re:second hand e-smoke (Score 1) 314

The e-cig just has a battery and an 'atomizer' which is really nothing but a heating element and a liquid reservoir. The juice should contain nothing but PG, VG, water, flavor, and nicotine.

Nothing is "completely safe" but this is about as close as you can get. One thing to remember is that taste varies greatly, and nothing you will get out of a vaporiser is going to truly taste like burning vegetable matter. So it can take some sampling to find a flavor that you actually like.

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