US Government Poisoned Alcohol During Prohibition
at which point in the story were drugs legalized?
The Grown-Up Video Game
Of course the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you--if you don't play, you can't win.
- Robert Heinlein
IOC Claims Olympian Lindsey Vonn's Name As Intellectual Property
Some athletes compete in both summer and winter games, so biennial would be ok. (not that the parent used biEnnial.)
http://ask.yahoo.com/20060222.html for examples
Dune Remake Could Mean 3D Sandworms
I like the idea of exploring the rise and fall of a messiah and how his life and teachings become twisted by his followers. I'm sure this sort of tale has been told before but Dune is the first time I encountered it.
The oldest version of this story that I know of is in a book called the "New Testament." The tale is STILL being twisted by its adherents, 2000 years after its 1st edition. FWIW, I still prefer the Dune stories, though I can't say I am much of a follower there either.
Tesla Motors To Suspend Roadster Production
disagree/agree. If successful, more Americans start using electric to power their cars -- Today, it probably WOULD come from COAL.
Aboriginal Folklore Leads To Meteorite Crater
I'm guessing that is what the parent meant.
There really is not much GENETIC difference between all of those tribes of people.
From what I understand (citation needed,) homo-sapiens grew out of a very small breeding population - only several hundred individuals - while still on the plains of Africa. The exodus ~70k years ago did cause certain physical traits to come into dominance or fade for the various tribes, but the genetics didn't really change that much over those 70k years. It seems that today's chimpanzees are *much* more genetically diverse than today's humans are. (Chimps all look the same to me, but I am a known specie-ist.)
Point being - "us" is Berber, Inuit, Norwegian, Ainu, Zulu, /.-er, etc. We are VERY CLOSE to being identical to each other - individually AND collectively.
Why Do So Many Terrorists Have Engineering Degrees
I hate to say the following for two reasons. 1) it is a stereotype of my own design, and 2) I am an engineer.
Engineers are ALWAYS right. ALWAYS. Even when (especially when?) something is clearly opinion based.
Ask a non-eng what their favorite color is, you get a simple answer.
Ask an eng the same, you get an answer PLUS reasons why it is superior to other colors.
As I said, I am an engineer. It was only after I noticed behavior like this in other engs that I noticed it in myself as well.
I don't like having that trait (flaw?) and have had to make a conscious effort to be less judgmental. (Yet remaining critical.)
So, yeah, as RobotRunAmok pointed out - engs tend to think/say "Right is right - AND I'M RIGHT" even when it isn't a correct/incorrect discussion, sometimes when they are clearly incorrect (they defend what they've said, clearly wrong.)
Also, and again this is something that I've caught myself doing, is that these personality types can and do play the Devil's Advocate rather well - up to a point. There is a difference between seeing the other side of a discussion and being contrarian for the sake of "being right."
The above may not be worded all that well, but I need my morning coffee. Besides, it hardly matters if you disagree with me, since I KNOW that I am correct.
"Universal Jigsaw Puzzle" Hits Stores In Japan
... or squint
New Theory of Gravity Decouples Space & Time
Faith is belief in something for which there is no proof or even strong evidence. Faith is generally applied only to spirituality, and it should be so according to the definition. For example, I don't need faith to believe that the Yankees won the World Series this year - there IS evidence for that. I do believe that they won BECAUSE of the evidence.
You do NOT need faith to believe that the universe is anything. Ordered, structured, causal, etc. A good scientist believes these things because there is evidence of order, causality, etc.
To not have faith is to not believe in something for which there is no evidence.
One does not need faith to look forward to the future doing something chaotic because of the belief (through prior observation) that those kind of things (earth turning into a carnivore butterfly) just does not happen.
Science and faith are NOT intrinsically linked. Science and belief ARE.
Science and faith are two completely separate things.
Modded UX490 UMPC Shows Off Years of Community Development
The point behind installing all of those OSes is to see if it can. Seriously.
If a system can run those, well then running linux is a non-issue.
(since it runs on just about any hardware.)
Vatican Debates Possibility of Alien Life
Can any of us imagine a Holy book being delivered two thousand years ago that babbled about relativity, the Higg"s Boson or multi dimensional universes?
I can. True, no one would have a clue as to what it meant at the time, but if the bible stated (as YouTube user FA quipped:)
"Verily, I say unto thee, that thine energy is as thine mass times the speed of light multiplied unto itself."
... well, I'd find THAT pretty impressive.
I'd much rather that Moses (or Aaron, whatever,) gave us the "Book of Circles" which contained 3.14159....... out to one million places. Or e. Or Newtonian physics. ANYTHING of that sort, that had nothing prior like it yet could be later shown to be (close enough to) correct and pragmatically useful would instill some faith in me.
Vatican Debates Possibility of Alien Life
A biblical reference to the "four corners of the earth" doesn't mean that the earth literally has four corners (i.e. it's flat). A biblical reference to God making man in his own image doesn't mean that the god they worship literally looks like we do.
Generally, yes it does - see the previous issues with Gaileo, Darwin, etc. Literal interpretation is THE biggest issue for religious thought. When you start to question "holy" scripture (7 days, four corners, Adam/Eve in god's image, flood, etc.,) you open the possibility that the OTHER stuff might also not be literal.
Well, what stuff is that and who gets to decide? Perhaps "son of god" and "saviour of all mankind" isn't literal anymore. Nor is "god's kindom" or "hell" or ...
(which I'm fine with. I think it all to be spiritual snake-oil.)
NASA, European Space Agency Want To Go To Mars
Sometimes serious scientific ventures are ALSO cock swinging contests.
NASA Reproduces a Building Block of Life In the Lab
It seems that evolution is, in fact, a fact.
Much like: the sky is blue, the sun gives off light/heat, gravity keeps us planted to the earth.
The theory of evolution - the process by which evolution occurs - is a theory.
(much like we have theories for how gravity works.)
That evolution occurs is factual - we've seen it happen both naturally and in the lab.
The exact processes that cause it are somewhat (but not very) debatable.
Feds Bust Cable Modem Hacker
Emmanuel Goldstein would agree
A High-Res 3D Video of the Embryonic Heartbeat
and 3d has nothing to do with it
Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?
disclaimer: I'm in and from the States.
It sounds like you would like to do a lot of things here in the U.S. Each of those activities could take days, if not weeks. I would guess that the hassle you might receive entering (a few hours delay? LESS than the flight over) would be worth it for the experiences available to you once here. The cities, the diversity of people, the scenery (Niagra / Grand Canyon / etc.,) are all really amazing and quite accessible.
Yes, border crossing into the U.S., especially by air, can be "harrowing" sometimes - but the experiences can be very rewarding. Reconsider putting a trip over-the-pond back onto your to-do list.
G20 Protesters Blasted By "Sound Cannon"
As a conscientious observer from Pittsburgh, all I can ask is:
WHAT? SPEAK UP!
Also, Why are my ears ringing, and my nose bleeding?
Researcher Dies After Studying Plague Bacteria
Thank you for the Halloween costume idea!
Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology
A cult is a small, unpopular religion.
A religion is a large, popular cult.
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