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Comment BIOTERRORISM!!! (Score 2) 160

Timothy Paine, an entomologist at the University of California-Riverside, recently 'committed to the scientific record the idea that California's eucalyptus trees may have been biologically sabotaged, publishing an article [in the Journal of Economic Entomology] raising the possibility of bioterrorism.'

Must every act of aggression be labeled as some form of terrorism? The term certainly has lost it's potency since 9/11.

Comment Re:It's not just specialization, there is also fea (Score 1) 269

Either there is a metaphysical reality that provides a "spark", if you will, of reason to living organisms such as ourselves, or else we are not actually reasoning, self-aware beings, but merely beings which act as if we are.

So there are only 2 options huh? Please allow me to offer a 3rd:
We are indeed reasoning, self-aware beings who evolved that way in order to survive in a competitive and unforgiving environment.

Alternatively we may be computer programs ourselves in some alien video game. I could go on but I believe that I've made my point.

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