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White Desert holiday resort, Antarctica 87% Posted Nov 2017

White Desert holiday resort, Antarctica

Comment: 72 days ago

At least you can come back from Antarctica, unlike Mars.

NYC driver 92% Posted Nov 2017

NYC driver

Comment: 72 days ago

Unlikely. Angry atheists are not known for shooting up churches. That’s the preserve of angry religious folk.

Augmented windows for Hyperloop 86% Posted Nov 2017

Augmented windows for Hyperloop

Comment: 75 days ago

Where do the cameras go? And when Hyperloop goes underground, do you just see blurred rock?

Joe Rogan - Escape society or remain a slave 88% Posted Oct 2017

Joe Rogan - Escape society or remain a slave

Comment: 76 days ago

Bring on UBI.

Airplane safety system uses detachable cabin 86% Posted Nov 2017

Airplane safety system uses detachable cabin

Comment: 76 days ago

Planes of the future won't have pilots.

Tesla makes progress on solar power relief in Puerto Rico 87% Posted Oct 2017

Tesla makes progress on solar power relief in Puerto Rico

Comment: 77 days ago

... of Mars.

Yamaha Niken, ride the revolution 87% Posted Oct 2017

Yamaha Niken, ride the revolution

Comment: 83 days ago

Come on Yamaha, fantastic - but why is this not electric? Who would buy such a cool machine knowing that it will have no resale value in 10 years time.

Aircraft cabin design improves comfort in economy and business class 87% Posted Oct 2017

Aircraft cabin design improves comfort in economy and business class

Comment: 87 days ago

Interesting design. I'd like to see an airline brave enough to go for it.

Interview with Sophia, the latest and greatest from Hanson Robotics 87% Posted Oct 2017

Interview with Sophia, the latest and greatest from Hanson Robotics

Comment: 87 days ago

She talks too much. She should google "human attention span".

Richard Dawkins - Like a moth to a flame 87% Posted Oct 2017

Richard Dawkins - Like a moth to a flame

Comment: 93 days ago

In his first sentence Dawkins says that "what is the survival value of religion?" is the wrong question, because religion is the manifestation of the high survival value of something else. In the case of the moth, the survival value of being able to fly in a straight line is very high, but that also results in suicidal behaviour - like flying into candles. An analogy might be - the benefits of personal transport outweighs the death rate on roads, so we don't ban cars.

The reason for going into detail about how a moth flies in a straight line, is to show the direct connection between the physical mechanics of a moth, and its suicidal behaviour. So if asked "what is the survival value of moths flying into candles", and you answer "they navigate using celestial objects", that is a meaningless answer - unless you also explain the connection and that means talking about moth mechanics.

Religious behaviour is much more complicated than a moth's suicidal behaviour. I don't know what the physical mechanics in humans are that manifest in religious behaviour - I'm sure Dawkins discusses them in his book.

Consider this. An 'unquestioning obedience to an authority' has a very high survival value for an army. It also has a very high survival value for very young children. Seems to me that that trait could easily manifest itself in religious behaviour.

Richard Dawkins - Like a moth to a flame 87% Posted Oct 2017

Richard Dawkins - Like a moth to a flame

Comment: 95 days ago

I disagree. I don't think it shows how you can rephrase any question to get the answer you want, it shows how important it is to pose the right question in the first place - and his moth example brillianlty illustrates that.

8-year-old reacts to his mother telling him she is an atheist 88% Posted Oct 2017

8-year-old reacts to his mother telling him she is an atheist

Comment: 96 days ago

She should never have named him Christian. That really messed him up.

Virgin gets involved with Hyperloop 87% Posted Oct 2017

Virgin gets involved with Hyperloop

Comment: 98 days 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: 104 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: 104 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: 104 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: 111 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: 115 days ago

I hope he's wrong.

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

Are you living in a simulation?

Comment: 117 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: 121 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?

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