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Submission + - Atomic Comics: Comic books and the atomc education of America (thebulletin.org)

Lasrick writes: Great review of the book "Atomic Comics." Includes wonderful old illustrations from Atomic Rabbit, Atoman, Buck Rogers, True Comics, Whiz Comics, etc. Here's a quote: "Still, the comics had been dealing with atomic beams, weapons, and propulsion through most of the war, and if these comic strips and books were wrong about the details, Szasz notes, "the fact that the American public instantly grasped the basic outlines of the atomic age almost surely has its roots in the larger-than-life adventures of Superman, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and Mickey Mouse, and well as other long-forgotten characters from that 'loose and baggy creature' of American popular culture.""
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Submission + - Study Claims Human Intelligence Peaked Two to Six Millennia Ago (independent.co.uk) 1

eldavojohn writes: Professor Gerald "Jerry" Crabtree of Stanford's Crabtree Laboratory published a paper (PDF warning) that has appeared in two parts in "Trends in Genetics." The paper opens with a very controversial suggestion, 'I would be willing to wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000 BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions' and from there speculates we're on the decline of human intelligence and we have been for at least a couple millennia. His argument seems to suggest that agriculture and, following from that, cities have allowed us to break free of such environmental forces on competitive genetic mutations — a la Mike Judge's theory. However, the conclusion of the paper urges humans to keep calm and carry on as any attempt to fix this genetic trend would almost certainly be futile and disturbing.

Comment Re:$85000 camera? (Score 1) 75

Because people have no sense of history. Instagram isn't (necessarily) cross-processing. Most of the effects just make photos look as if you've stored them in sunlight for a few years. Photos back then didn't look like that - they were a bit grainier than what we expect now, but they certainly didn't look washed out.

Comment Re:Titan is becoming a more amazing world (Score 1) 45

All the elements for the latter are in place, except for private ownership of printed material. However, if no-one reads them, then it really doesn't matter what they say. As to being about to get humans out of Terra's g-field...sigh. And Hard AI is so much harder than what anyone had imagined. And is much harder than what the Transhumanists and Singularists could possibly imagine.

Comment Re:Titan is becoming a more amazing world (Score 5, Interesting) 45

Read and watch "2001: A Space Odyssey". (The book and the movie were developed simultaneously and you really need one to fully understand the other. I'd read the book first.) Then read "2010: Odyssey Two". Both written by Sir Arthur C. Clarke. Psychedelics optional where permitted by law, sitter who knows and loves the story highly advised.

Comment Re:In 300 years abortion seen worse than slavery. (Score 1) 220

The horror isn't in the slaughter (although it's not pretty, especially in some operations) — the horror is in the factory farming operations where the living, breathing, conscious animals are treated like machinery.

As to Einstein:

It is my view that a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.

From a letter to Harmann Huth, 27 December 1930

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