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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

WrongMonkey Re:For the novelty! (152 comments)

Manned space exploration is not unique in that regard. Any field of research will lead to new ideas and new technologies if we throw enough money at it.

yesterday
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

WrongMonkey Re:What's it good for? (235 comments)

You don't need to put people into space to study astronomy. There is nothing that a person can do in space that a robot can't do better.

4 days ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

WrongMonkey Re:What's it good for? (235 comments)

Plenty of species managed to survive the last rock from space. If birds and crocodiles managed to survive, then humans have a good chance, too. No matter what catastrophe you can imagine happening to Earth, there is no way other planets in the solar system would be more suitable to life.

4 days ago
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Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence For the First Time

WrongMonkey Re:Worrying (77 comments)

Why? If an AI can be created that can do a better job running the world than human governments do, why shouldn't we let it? And honestly, doing a better job than human run governments isn't setting that high of a bar.

about a week ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

WrongMonkey Re:Bad idea (242 comments)

That falls into the first category. Using a computer program to govern society is no longer the mind-blowing concept that it once was in 1942.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

WrongMonkey Bad idea (242 comments)

Foundation might have been ground breaking and original when it was written. But its best ideas have either been adapted by other science fiction (Look! A city-planet, just like Coruscant!) or rendered quaint by the progress of technology (A handheld calculator! How amazing!). HBO has had success adapting contemporary fantasy, they should try adapting some contemporary science fiction.

about two weeks ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

WrongMonkey Re:Not just women (571 comments)

"Social Justice Warrior" is a sarcastic label. No one actually calls themselves that.

about a month ago
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Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

WrongMonkey Re:New Object (70 comments)

Your definition also includes gas giants and possible even planets Earth-like planets. Consider that most of Earth's matter is engaged in Brownian motion except for the solid core and thin outer crust.

about a month ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

WrongMonkey Re:Would be more interesting with better analysis (447 comments)

Note that your wedding wasn't really cheap, you just spread out your costs through expected reciprocal obligations. The biggest cost is that you'll be expected to continue giving 10% of your income to the Church for the rest of your life. At future weddings, you'll be the one expected to provide food, cash, gifts, etc. You probably consider your tithe and participation in your community barter economy to be a sunk cost, so it seems like a good deal. But from a outsider view, you're actually spending a whole lot more than someone who just rents a banquet hall and hires a caterer.

about a month and a half ago
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National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

WrongMonkey Re:Supreme Court (112 comments)

I was trying to provide a broad overview and I don't disagree with your minor corrections. But there's still nothing about BRIBES.

about a month and a half ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

WrongMonkey Re:Can't eat oil (213 comments)

Fossil fuels sustain life. Without heat, millions would freeze. Without fuel to operate machinery, modern agriculture would be impossible and billions would starve.

Almonds, though? You can live without almonds. We definitely don't need use a trillion gallons of water each year to grow almonds in a desert during a drought.

about a month and a half ago
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National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

WrongMonkey Re:Supreme Court (112 comments)

The Citizens United decision has nothing to do with bribes. In 2004, Citizens United (the group) wanted to block Micheal Moore's anti-Bush movie from being advertised during an election. The FEC rejected that, ruling that documentaries were protected by the first ammendment. So in 2008, Citizens United made an anti-Hillary movie and started to advertise it during an election. They were quickly struck down by FEC, who were then struck done by the Supreme Court. If you're such a "staunch defender of the near-absoluteness of the first amendment", how can you honestly say that Micheal Moore (and Miramax films) can make a political documentary, but other people (and corporations) can't?

about a month and a half ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

WrongMonkey Re:Prove him right some more (263 comments)

You seem to operating under the assumption that the only insights that are valid are those that can be supported by per reason. Is there no music in your world? No art? If someone smokes some weed and writes a song, is that song less valid that one that's written sober?

about a month and a half ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

WrongMonkey Re:Prove him right some more (263 comments)

You're moving the goal posts a bit. Your previous post claimed that a "sense of the profound" from marijuana was somehow distinct from what occurs "naturally". But both are just brain chemistry. There is no rational basis for a objective measure for profoundness of an idea.

about a month and a half ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

WrongMonkey Re:What 20 years of research on pot has taught us (263 comments)

the scientific journal Addiction

That's sound like an unbiased source.

Even if we take all of those adverse affects at face value, they're either statistical noise or questionable casual link. It's not like smoking tobacco where the odds of developing lung cancer go up 23 times that of non-smokers. It's also not like alcohol, where tens of thousands of people die from overdose alone each year.

about a month and a half ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

WrongMonkey Re:Something More Modest (269 comments)

That's why it makes sense to colonize the moon first. The moon is a harsher environment, but it's easier to deliver emergency supplies or launch a rescue mission. Colonize the moon, develop the technical experience and Mars will be a cakewalk.

about a month and a half ago

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