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Comment Lie, Damn Lies, Statistics... (Score 1) 531

I dunno. These numbers seem very low to me for Firefox. I've recently reviewed other statistics sites and I've never seen FF given such a low marketshare. I think this might be a case of everybody's statistics differing. Now, show me the data for Google Analytics on (where the tracking script is loaded from) and I'd be willing to call those figures "authoritative."


Comment Recent Events in Erie (Score 1) 238

Here in Erie, PA, recently a cop was filmed off duty in a bar apparently mocking a homicide victim and his family in a rather obnoxious manner. Somebody put it on YouTube, and now the papers are reporting that the police are launching a "probe" to find the naughty poster. Meanwhile the cop is on TV crying. No joke. Cops love it as long as it doesn't cut the other way.

Comment This has nothing to do with religion (Score 2, Insightful) 422

Why do so many posters keep conflating this with religion? Even IF this were submitted by an organization with religious ties, isn't this a common sense / human dignity issue?

We shouldn't be screwing around with the future of our own species. If we want to engineer devices that augment the human body to make it work better, I guess that's fine - but we should be respecting what nature evolved over millions of years. It's a finely tuned machine that we cannot fully understand, certainly not now, probably not ever.

I always think back to ST:TNG; despite the advanced technology, they left the human animal in it's natural state. Geordi had a visor, not artificial eyes. Picard had a mechanical heart, they didn't grow him a new one.

Now, obviously ST:TNG is just a show. However, I've always thought that vision of the future was more dignified than the direction we seem to be going with this biomechanical research.

Comment Re:Let cows make our babies (Score 1) 422

Gee, thank you for making all these decisions for me.
I am too dumb to make them for myself.
Thank you, oh wise one.

The fact that children are a lot of work post-pregnancy is no reason to ignore a possible technology that makes the actual gestation/birth process easier.

You sound like you would be more at home in a church than on Slashdot.

That's one of the stupidest and most judgmental things I've ever heard. I am an atheist, but I can appreciate OP's point. Raising a human being is a full-time job for a very long time. The gestational period is one of the most important parts of the parent-child relationship, as the bond really begins at that time.

Making it easier isn't the point, and it certainly has nothing whatsoever to do with being religious. Unless religiousness now has something to do with just being a decent human being.

Comment Re:Damn (Score 1) 422

What if pigs are better at growing human fetuses than human wombs... an interesting concept. I guess this depends on how you define "better." I guess if you look at a human as nothing more than a collection of cells that are either more or less robustly healthy, than it might be possible to say that a pig can grow a human faster, or larger, more reliably, or with softer hair, or nicer skin tone, etc than a human. But ultimately, we just don't know what might be lost by having a non-human mother.

We have to live in the same world as these hypothetical humans - how could be we ever be sure that these people were not damaged fundamentally by being created in a non-human environment?

We are finding out now that maternal stress levels in pregnancy can change the brains of developing infants, to emphasis strength and physical attributes over intellectual attributes. If something as simple as stress can make a huge difference in the person we become, it seems incredibly risky to grow a human in an non-human environment.

I'm not arguing that the law has merit insofar as the law is supposed to be reactive and not proactive, but surely we can acknowledge that the limited and evolving nature of science is actually a strong argument against this kind of thing. These humans might well live to see the science that created them be discredited.

Comment Re:Damn (Score 1) 422

I am hoping against hope that you are trolling.

Being grown inside a human womb is one of the defining characteristics of being human. Human children grown inside a human womb gives the child exposure to the heartbeat, hormones, pheromones, and an unknown variety of other important human characteristics.

The science surrounding human childbirth is not nearly as good as might otherwise be supposed - research is severely limited by the fact that human lives are at stake, and if anything we are learning that nature's design is the best design. Other in than bona fide emergencies and when dealing with truly abnormal physiology, modern medicine has at every turn made childbirth more dangerous and more complicated than it needs to be. That's why the US leads the world in infant mortality rates, and some of the best places to give birth are in the third world, statistically.

I can't imagine anything worse than creating human children out of non-human wombs - I would regard such a system as being a imminent danger to the survival of our species; or at the very least a mortal threat to our Humanity (capital "H").

God, watch more Star Trek people! It's called a cautionary tale for a reason!

Comment Re:Wait a minute (Score 1) 560

When children have a consistent primary care provider for the first two years of life, research has shown that the children have high-quality lasting attachments and are healthier and happier. Children need to have a parent with them at all times during the first two years... that much we know for sure. We also know that children who are breastfed for two years enjoy lifelong protection from certain diseases and are smarter and have fewer health complications.

So I ask you - do mothers need to stay home? Well, no, but if you are willing to have a child, then perhaps you should consider doing what's best for them as well. Short of full-time live-in wet nurses, I can't think of any other way to give our kids the best possible start.

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