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Virgin gets involved with Hyperloop 87% Posted Oct 2017

Virgin gets involved with Hyperloop

Comment: 1 day ago

What happened to Virgin Galactic?

The Atheist Experience - The chair in the room 88% Posted Oct 2017

The Atheist Experience - The chair in the room

Comment: 6 days ago

That's a difficulty atheists experience - discussing something we don't believe exists. It's like arguing over the finer details of Cinderella. It's hard to take "god crap" seriously, until some atrocity occurs.

Luca Stricagnoli - Feel Good Inc. (Gorillaz cover) 87% Posted Oct 2017

Luca Stricagnoli - Feel Good Inc. (Gorillaz cover)

Comment: 6 days ago

Turning the bass neck around so the low notes are near the body of the guitar - a very clever way to make this possible.

Maajid Nawaz vs Muslim who wants Sharia 87% Posted Sep 2017

Maajid Nawaz vs Muslim who wants Sharia

Comment: 7 days ago

Maajid Nawaz rejects his extremist past and now describes himself as a Muslim with liberal values. Or do you think he's just pretending?

Also, are you saying that you are OK with a woman who is guilty of adultery being stoned to death, as long as she is a Muslim living in a pure Muslim society?

Here's a fun thought experiment. What happens in a pure Muslim society if a Muslim woman cheats on her husband by sleeping with a non-Muslim woman. Obviously the Muslim woman gets stoned to death, but what about the non-Muslim woman?

And what is a pure Muslim society?

Maajid Nawaz vs Muslim who wants Sharia 87% Posted Sep 2017

Maajid Nawaz vs Muslim who wants Sharia

Comment: 14 days ago

Don't play the man, play the ball. Or are you with Aisha from Manchester who hankers for a caliphate under sharia law?

Hyperloop - I want to believe 87% Posted Sep 2017

Hyperloop - I want to believe

Comment: 18 days ago

I hope he's wrong.

Are you living in a simulation? 87% Posted Sep 2017

Are you living in a simulation?

Comment: 20 days ago

If your life is shit you don't live in a simulation, because why would anyone in the future simulate your shit life?

The man who saved the world, literally 93% Posted Sep 2017

The man who saved the world, literally

Comment: 24 days ago

I don't think Stanislav got lucky - it was the only logical action.

It was a false alarm. Stanislav saved millions of American and Russian lives by not launching.

But had it been a real missile attack, Stanislav would have saved millions of American lives, even though millions of Russians would have perished.

Had he launched, millions of American and Russian lives would have perished - even if it was a false alarm - because the Americans would have retaliated.

The problem with the nuclear deterrent, is that it only deters nuclear war between sane leaders. Today we have 2 insane leaders at loggerheads. What could possibly go wrong?

7 Days of Artificial Intelligence 87% Posted Sep 2017

7 Days of Artificial Intelligence

Comment: 25 days ago

What did god do on the 8th day? Or, more relevant, what is he doing today? Is he still resting?

David Gilmour - Wish You Were Here (live and unplugged)94% Posted Sep 2017

David Gilmour - Wish You Were Here (live and unplugged)

Comment: 25 days ago

Wish I was there.

Putting Hurricane Harvey in perspective 87% Posted Sep 2017

Putting Hurricane Harvey in perspective

Comment: 27 days ago

Where did you get your stats from? Napoleon's satellite program?

Hurricanes get their energy from the heat in the ocean. A warmer ocean will produce more powerful storms. It's not that difficult to understand.

Putting Hurricane Harvey in perspective 87% Posted Sep 2017

Putting Hurricane Harvey in perspective

Comment: 28 days ago

When you were growing up, scientists were unsure if the pollution that we were creating would block enough sun to lead to an ice age, or if our greenhouse gas emissions would trap enough heat to lead to a warming climate. Now we know.

The reason why "global warming" became "climate change" is because "global warming" is a confusing term. As the planet warms, the weather becomes more extreme at both ends of the scale. Have you not noticed how often temperature records are broken these days? By far, most are at the warm end - the 16 warmest years since records began (1880) were all this century. And 2017 looks like it will join that list. Yet snow fell in Kuwait for the first time since the last ice age in 2016.

"Every major storm is now a direct result of "climate change", even though some of the most powerful storms occurred early in the 19th century." Not quite. Climate change makes every major storm a bit more extreme because there is more energy (heat) in the oceans and atmosphere. So if the oceans and atmosphere were cooler, a category 5 storm might be a 4.

There were certainly powerful storms in the early 19th century but the most powerful storms are much more recent. The most powerful in the Atlantic was Irma, 2017. Eastern Pacific was Particia, 2015. Western North Pacific - Tip, 1979. North Indian Ocean - Odisha, 1999. South West Indian Ocean - Fantala, 2015. Australia - Monica, 2005. South Pacific - Winston, 2016. South Atlantic - Caterina, 2004. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_most_intense_tropical_cyclones

About following sheep off the side of a cliff - what cliff are you thinking of? A green revolution that leads to a world running on cheap, clean, renewable energy doesn't look like a cliff to me. It looks far more appealing than what we have today - wars over oil, fracking causing earthquakes and polluting the water table, people dying early due to diesel pollution, big oil buying governments ... and I haven't even got to the weather yet.

Elon Musk's brother opens shipping container farm 87% Posted Sep 2017

Elon Musk's brother opens shipping container farm

Comment: 28 days ago

Brilliant, the Musks are saving the world.

Jacob Rees-Mogg on abortion and same-sex marriage 86% Posted Sep 2017

Jacob Rees-Mogg on abortion and same-sex marriage

Comment: 35 days ago

If he was a Muslim expressing such fundamentalist views, he certainly wouldn't be a contender for Tory leader.

TYT - Former Mexican president's message for Trump 88% Posted Sep 2017

TYT - Former Mexican president's message for Trump

Comment: 35 days ago

Here's the full version: https://youtu.be/-ukv9v7IGZw

And yes, it is fun.

Meanwhile in Alabama, how to tow a car 87% Posted Sep 2017

Meanwhile in Alabama, how to tow a car

Comment: 38 days ago

Not the brightest photon in a laser beam.

Richard Dawkins: Does editing human genes break moral taboos? 65% Posted Aug 2017

Richard Dawkins: Does editing human genes break moral taboos?

Comment: 38 days ago

So you're paid for your writing as well. Are you paid by the word? Because you sure do use a lot of them.

I didn't like how you tried to imply that I think religion is why people don't interfaith marry when I said nothing of the sort. Or that atheists are intolerant of interfaith marriage because, hey, look at Orthodox Christians in the US. That was just silly. You should have some wages docked for that.

OK, let's talk about what might prevent interfaith marriages. Religion obviously has a role, but I would have thought the most significant players are psychology and maths. Psychology - people tend to mix with those they have things in common with, and maths - the choice of spouse is  limited to who you mix with. An Orthodox Christian in America will probably mix with other faiths more than an Orthodox Christian in Greece because of the make up of the population, and hence more likely to marry outside their faith than their Greek counterpart.

TYT - Strongest hurricane ever recorded in Atlantic 87% Posted Sep 2017

TYT - Strongest hurricane ever recorded in Atlantic

Comment: 39 days ago

That is a really stupid comment. Thank god humans are causing climate change. If we can change the climate, then we are capable of changing it to suit our needs. Imagine if the world was warming because the sun was getting hotter. Then we'd be truly funked.

And here's the thing - what we need to do to stabilise the climate is better than business as usual. For example, transitioning from a fossil fueled world to sustainable energy will create jobs and money making opportunities for many more people than sticking to the status quo. Future jobs are not in coal as Trump seems to think.

Transitioning to green energy removes the reason to go to war over oil. It allows countries, and even individuals, to become much more self-sufficient removing a lot of the politics that fossil fuels create - for example Europe's reliance on gas and oil from Russia.

Solar power in particular has the potential to democratise energy - many people will be able to provide all their energy needs from the footprint of their home - sticking 2 fingers up to corporate power companies.

If all our energy is clean and dirt cheap, which it surely can be, we can use pretty much as much as we want to solve big global problems - like water desalination.

Richard Dawkins: Does editing human genes break moral taboos? 65% Posted Aug 2017

Richard Dawkins: Does editing human genes break moral taboos?

Comment: 43 days ago

We were not talking about "what might drive people to create designer babies".

I made a statement that some religions have an intolerance to interfaith marriage as a way to further their religion. This was how I worded it: "Some religions create "designer babies" by trying to prevent marriage outside their faith. The goal isn't for more gifted musicians, but for people who all think the same." 

You might have come back with - those religions are not really intolerant to interfaith marriage, their aim was to create coherent families. Or maybe - at the time, there was a belief that when conflicting ideas met, the brain melted and that was a bad thing.

But instead, you chose to go off piste "That's why atheists tend to marry each other too I guess", which quickly became - what about American atheists who interfaith marry less than American Orthodox Christians?

For somebody who analyses text for a living, you sure are jumping about a lot.

Richard Dawkins - Not all opinions are equal 88% Posted Aug 2017

Richard Dawkins - Not all opinions are equal

Comment: 44 days ago

Talk about attacking the messenger and ignoring the message. Dawkins is highly educated and knowledgeable but says even he is not equipped to vote on Brexit. His expertise is not in the EU, trade deals, law and politics. Would you want a highly educated and knowledgeable historian to perform surgery on you?

As the world gets more and more complicated, this is a huge and growing problem - how do non-experts evaluate very complicated subjects. Do we just have to trust experts?

Maybe we should vote on goals rather than policy, and get AI to propose policies to meet those goals. For example, a goal might be to control immigration to a sustainable level. AI might suggest we just implement current  EU rules that other EU countries have implemented - if you haven't got a job or can't financially support yourself after 3 months, you can't stay. Or maybe invest some of the taxes that immigrants pay into education and health to serve the growing population as a whole. Most likely, AI will propose solutions that nobody has even thought of before. 

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