Discussion in 'Community' started by Jabbadabbado, Sep 26, 2012.
Computer science is what makes these boards possible.
A line I like to apply; I am not sure if I want to liver forever but I would not mind the option.
Vegetative patient in coma is able to communicate to doctors that he isn't in pain:
^Incredible. But I wonder what his life is like to himself. He can say he is not in pain. Fine. What else? Does he dream, daydream, sleep, going insane, wonder who won the World Series, just how aware is he?
11 awesome quotes from neil deGrasse Tyson
Wow! Simply awesome and amazing. I love the one about science is true whether you believe it or not.
And the letter from the third grader, grammatical mistakes and misspellings intact, about the orbital body formerly known as the planet Pluto.
I should note that that is now the 2nd immortal creature known.
Are humans getting dumber?
From Trends in Genetics, Our Fragile Intellect. Part I and Part II.
Analysis of human mutation rates and the number of genes required for human intellectual and emotional fitness indicates that we are almost certainly losing these abilities. If so, how did we get them in the first place, and when did things begin to change?
language follows the increase in endocranial volume and therefore the use of language cannot cause the expansion. Also, note that the appearance of first tools such as spears correlates well with increased cranial volume.
[With] the transition from hunter–gatherer to a more high-density lifestyle, selection based on resistance to infection might have begun to dominate over selection for intellectual or emotional fitness.
"It seems too obvious to state," [author Gerald Crabtree] says, "but the tautology applies: our brains are good at the things they have been selected to be good at." And, Crabtree argues, those things are the spatial and abstract-reasoning capabilities that we developed between 50,000 and 500,000 years ago.
Also another article:
Early humans used stone spear points 500,000 years ago
WASHINGTON — Early humans were already using stone tips to enhance the killing power of spears at least 500,000 years ago, some 200,000 years earlier than previously thought, anthropologists said Thursday.
I have no problem believing that human intelligence peaked many thousands of years ago. As I've said many times, we've done nothing in the 20th or 21st centuries to equal the towering human intellectual achievements of the neolithic revolution.
I got to meet James D. Watson a decade and a half ago. He's an old school sexist and complained loudly to us in his presentation that smart, successful men tend to choose beautiful women as mates and so dilute the intelligence of their offspring. Consequently, I tell my own sons that, when the time comes, they should breed for intelligence, but also height, since tall people are more successful on average. Watson didn't tell me that last part, but I just wanted you to know that I still have the capacity to synthesize information, despite my diminished intelligence.
Well, idiocy is bliss.
The GOP: explained.
I literally lol'd.
Hey, I'm a beautiful, intelligent woman!! Dowdy but brilliant and beautiful but dumb is an old, sexist myth that needs to die.
I have previously maintained two space science threads one of which reached over 1,000 posts. I had at one time created separate "goooooo science" threads and sometimes there were more than one of them on the same first page. I have created psost that seemed like encyclopedia entires complete with links, pictures, and commentary. Mankind has created the wheel, sliced bread, and traveled to the Moon. All of it plaes compared to this discovery:
Pig genome = better bacon
I did not think it possible.
Just in time for breakfast: the better bacon.
This is not even as important as bacon but it's still awesome:
IBM simulates 530 billon neurons, 100 trillion synapses on world’s fastest supercomputer[/URL]
I am reading The Sprawl trilogy right now and I am in such a wonderful mood for AI type of reading and news.
Scientists say they have found something "Earthshaking" on Mars
I like the responses:
Keep in mind that when scientists say "earthshaking" they typically mean something like "we have confirmed that isotope 434 is infact a derivative of isotope 395 with a causal factor of 32!! 32??? Yes! 32!!! OMG Amazing! Everyone is going to be so excited about this!"
Last time I gave into the hype surrounding something mysterious and "earth shaking", I thought I would be getting a hoverboard. Instead, I got a Segway :\
You can now remove the question mark from the thread title.
LMAO. I meant to make that point myself at some point.
Our society is doomed mostly because it can't differentiate between Safeway and Wal-Mart.
I consider myself fortunate to be unable to differentiate between Safeway and Wal-Mart.
I think that is a Cracked photoshop.