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Topic: "Nationalism"?
Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 8:54:53 AM
Holy hell, this is bizarre...
Topic: "Nationalism"?
Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 10:21:15 AM
A cooperator wrote:
Islam prohibits that a man or a woman is made love to by the other opposite gender before marriage.


Are the punishments the same for men and women as well?
Topic: "Nationalism"?
Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 10:00:44 AM
Your true colors are starting to show cooperator. They aren't pretty.

If you are genuinly trying to justify 9/11 or the riots and murders that resulted from a Danish newspaper printing something you didn't like, you disqualify yourself as a reasonable discussion partner.

Terrorism has no justification. Ever.
Topic: Trump confirms he is considering attempt to buy Greenland
Posted: Monday, August 19, 2019 10:26:20 AM
Just when you think his foreign 'policy' couldn't possibly get more moronic...

At least this soap-series isn't boring.
Topic: A price Americans are willing to pay
Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 11:02:11 AM
FounDit wrote:
Absinthius wrote:
You'd think they would run out of Cool Aid at some point, but somehow they seem to always find more to drink...

If 'freedom' means that a government just has to do nothing to reduce the likelyhood of citizens getting shot on your day out, then our definitions of the word differ quite a lot. And I want none of your brand of 'freedom'. I prefer the kind we have in the developed West, the kind where I can feel safe!


Well, no, that's not the definition of freedom. And since you are unfamiliar with what freedom actually means, I'm glad you are happy living where you are. Stay safe.


A cute little clapback, but obnoxiously inappropriate considering the gravity of the topic. Lives are lost and you seem hell-bent on preserving liberties that will ensure a repeat of this kind of tragedy. Over and over and over again.

It is painfully clear to most of the world that America only looks good to Americans. To the rest of the developed West, your 'freedom' and 'American dream' have been a joke for decades. Now it is becoming an increasingly sad joke.
Topic: A price Americans are willing to pay
Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 5:00:52 AM
You'd think they would run out of Cool Aid at some point, but somehow they seem to always find more to drink...

If 'freedom' means that a government just has to do nothing to reduce the likelyhood of citizens getting shot on your day out, then our definitions of the word differ quite a lot. And I want none of your brand of 'freedom'. I prefer the kind we have in the developed West, the kind where I can feel safe!
Topic: USA elections 2020
Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 10:36:38 AM
I hope that prediction is wrong..
Topic: Send 'em back
Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 9:25:35 AM
Adyl Mouhei wrote:
A divisive president for united states! What a paradox!


It is a country falling apart, grasping at straws. Their entire credo is consistently proven to be of the past.

"Land of the free" - For the country with the highest amount of incarcerated people per capita. For the country who puts little children in cells. For pretty much the only 'western' country where your believe in the supernatural (or lack thereof) is a major factor in electability.

"Home of the brave" - Except when it comes to taking responsibility... Then their 'leaders' start squirming like worms. Or, if you are demograpgically and financially blessed, you can get away with so much more than your fellow man.

Such a disgrace.
Topic: Dreams ...
Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 10:52:11 AM
I'm not sure anyone really knows the answer on why we dream. But the way I always thought about it based on my very limited understanding of the biology of sleep would be something like this:

The necessity of sleep is to 'clean' our brain of metabolite and waste products it produces during its normal function. As the brain does not have a lymphatic system, draining of waste products is a lot harder for this organ compared to most other organs in our bodies. Considering that the brain uses up a relatively huge amount of energy, there are bound to be a lot of waste products generated that way.

I think there is a pretty amazing TED talk on this, they outlined the hypothesis that during sleep your brain cells expell fluid (and thereby effectively shrink a little). This results in a lot more space between the brain cells, which is then filled by a relatively large volume of fluid. The scientists who conducted this research had given this fluid a fluorescentdye, allowing them to visualize this as a green color using a microscope. They then could show that during sleep, this fluid seemed to flow through the brain in waves, and these waves seemed to be following the outside of the bloodvessels that run through the brain. Their conclusion was that this was very likely how waste products are removed from our brain during sleep.

So considering that, my thinking is that this seems to make a lot of sense. We all know that when we stay awake for too long, our brain function starts diminish. Thinking becomes slower, coordination becomes harder, it is much harder to focus and it feels like alltogether a kind of fog falls over you. When considering that the buildup of waste products accumulates during waking hours, it kind of makes sense that more waste products will negatively impact your brain function. Which also shows the absolute necessity for sleep.

As for dreams, these are thoughts that happen during sleep, when your braincells are shrunk down and are exposed to fluids waving around in your brain. Quite a different situation from when you are awake, no wonder the function of brain cells will be impacted by this. As I don't think any of us are really able to 'turn off' our braincells, during our sleep they probably just keep working and as a result they keep generating thoughts.

Taking this all together, my conclusion would be that therefore I don't think there is a real purpose or reason behind dreams, they are merely a by-product of how the organ works. A very funny, confusing and often puzzling one.

Just my 2ct. And as a disclaimer, I am not a neuroscientist.
Topic: Probability of life
Posted: Monday, April 1, 2019 10:52:33 AM
Another nuance to consider is that the context in which this initial reaction would have occurred is very different from what we have now. Conditions such as temperature, pressure and available molecules and compounds in the air, water or soil are nothing compared to what they are now.

I am sure that the experts are taking these kinds of differences into account, but it will be nearly impossible to understand them completely. Therefore the probability calculations will have a fairly large degree of uncertainty and the actual probability could be lower, or higher than what is estimated here.

As for the question in general, as is stated very humorously in a book by Terry Pratchett: (I paraphrase) "Things with a chance of one in a million happen all the time)". This principle applies here as well. The odds of this happening on any planet or in any universe are astronomically small. But considering the amount of potential things with astronomically small chances, some are bound to happen..

Just to state the obvious.. apparently this one has happened! No other hypothesis with a higher probability has so far been brought up, so this is the best we got. Let's apply Ockham's razor.