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Comment Re:Beings from another planet (Score 1) 663

No mod points to give, so here's a reply instead.

The only way I can see this test being "valid" is if the children were taught using this exact same language and diagrams all year. For example, if they had a workbook that was filled with these kinds of questions and they spent much of the year going through it.

Even so, the coins to cup question has me baffled. If the "whole" number is the number in the box (like it is in questions 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8) then why do they put it in a tea cup in question 1?

Comment Re:Willing to bet.. (Score 1) 1706

I appreciate your rational look at this issue, Deuce. As you mentioned, it's such a hot-button topic that it's often hard for folk to discuss it without anger and hysterics.

I have a friend who hunts and so am pretty sure he owns at least one gun. But he's the nicest guy I've ever met, and very responsible and respectful of others. As a result, I'm not worried about him owning a gun at all.

I think requiring training before sanctioning someone to carry a firearm is a good thing, but I wish there were some way to regulate this based on attitude as well as aptitude. But I don't know how that would be possible without going down that slippery slope to "thought police", which would be awful.

One thing I'd like to see more is for rational and responsible gun owners to publicly/openly denounce irrational and irresponsible ones. Irresponsible gun owners may ignore what gun-control advocates think because they're on the other side of the issue. But maybe they'll listen to other gun owners and, through peer pressure, become more responsible themselves.

Comment Re:Psuedo-science at best (Score 1) 375

I don't know if it is the MSNBC write up or the "experiment" itself
It's the write up, I think. The article later mentions

Brembs did not think flies had free will, per se. He also stressed their results did not suggest free will existed in humans or elsewhere. "We only showed that brains might possess a faculty which free will could potentially be based on," Brembs said.
I take that to mean that the scientists haven't drawn any kind of conclusions yet.

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