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Will AI end our species?

I disregard prophesied apocalyptic scenarios (except for recurrence of known natural catastrophies), but I'm increasingly interested in the probability of AI taking on a life of its own, at humanity's expense.

Few would argue that, over time, AI will become increasingly enmeshed with our lives. Many believe that we'll always retain control, with preemptive capabilties in cases that would otherwise head out of control. Some argue for unlimited "progress", no worries.

I'm afraid…

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Added by Pope Beanie on May 7, 2014 at 10:26pm — 28 Comments

The Male-Competetive Nature of Sex in Evolution and Culture

The following is speculative and reliant on memory, not yet citing scientific references. I feel it includes significant insight, but wouldn't mind if anyone posts evidence to the contrary.

Sex's advantage/purpose in life's evolutionary processes is not yet as simply definable as, say "it enhances genetic diversity". But obviously there are several, complexly related advantages of sex in evolution that outweigh its disadvantages, on the whole. (Recall, bacteria are still evolving,…

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Added by Pope Beanie on April 4, 2014 at 7:07pm — 6 Comments

Those characters stirring and steering the GOP

I try not to mock people, but there's a special, warm spot in my heart reserved just for Tea Party activists, and conservative Texans in particular. Yup, they sure prove how fucked up government can get, when TPers throw in their votes and slogans. (Now imagine rolls of toilet paper hanging from ceilings of a dysfunctional congress. Waahoo, TP wins!)

Short and sweet entries, please, sort of like a log that people can look back on and enjoy, after Hillary reaps the spoils of a the…

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Added by Pope Beanie on February 20, 2014 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

How does Forced Faith become Real/Valid Faith?

Look around the world and notice the pressure put on people to just put faith into whatever the local belief system happens to be. This is especially true (currently) in Middle-East Muslim culture, so I'm most interested in hearing back from them, in particular.

It's not just Muslims who put peer pressure on their own society to practice faith, as almost all religions are a product of local peer pressure. So my question still applies (to various degrees) to every religion.

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Added by Pope Beanie on November 10, 2013 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

Barack Obama's Answer to Putin's Op-Ed

WHAT DID I JUST READ?

By Barack Obama

Imagine my surprise when I opened the New York Times and read Vladimir Putin's Op-ed. I didn't know what I was reading for a few minutes. Sometimes my Chief of Staff will putThe Onion in front of me just to shake things up so it…

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Added by Pope Beanie on September 14, 2013 at 7:51pm — 2 Comments

How are "souls" allocated?

I'm asking people who believe in souls.

One popular declaration is that a Soul is invoked when Sperm hits Egg to form Zygote. But really, says who? It's not in the bible or other ancient scripture, because those were written before science discovered sperm and egg... unless you feel you have the right to interpret scripture in a way that looks prophetic.

Or how about after, when zygote splits into two, to make identical twins? Does one soul now split into two, or do…

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Added by Pope Beanie on September 14, 2013 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Cosmological Natural Selection (CNS)

Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes)

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According to CNS, black holes may be mechanisms of universe reproduction within the …

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Added by Pope Beanie on May 17, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Free Will is a Result, not a Cause

I like this question because people have such a difficult time agreeing to agree on definitions. The most basic question of all, "What is Free Will" never gets hashed out so that people can discuss it on common terms. So I'm more interested now in just how to define it.

It's extremely difficult for people to imagine their own non-existence (whether before birth or after death), and perhaps the only way that an existing mind can contemplate itself is to…

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Added by Pope Beanie on December 30, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

It *IS* All Just a Theory! (but it's so successful and prophetic)

Something along the same lines of my blog "It Was All Just a Theory", I want to build up a list of stuff that hasn't happened yet, but that Science will make happen.

If religionists can't appreciate all that science has learned and found to be true and presented to humanity--such as all the medicine and technology that has increased our health and lifespan and provided for our daily needs…

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Added by Pope Beanie on November 4, 2012 at 10:46pm — 11 Comments

Praise Gob!

While currently going through a period of low motivation, I'm wishing that some magical power would just pop into my head and push buttons or zap something. When I was a teen, once or twice I think I tried to make a deal with God, something like "Help me with this, and I'll reconsider You!". Never answered, of course.

Meanwhile, science has proven a few times the power of the placebo. Just believe, and things get better right? Is there a way to make this happen, but without…

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Added by Pope Beanie on October 9, 2012 at 1:29pm — 7 Comments

It Was All Just a Theory

I've wanted to put together a list of all those nasty theories that get in the way of divine/religious dogma. But I didn't think until now of a place (here) to start such a list.

I happen to think that the "theory of gravity" is a bad example, because I don't know of any people present or past who preached or taught something against a theory of gravity. It's the blatant, anti-science preaching/teaching (e.g. Creationism) that I'm more concerned with.

List theories…

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Added by Pope Beanie on September 24, 2012 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

Ben Stein, The Propagandist (or Arrogant Prophet?)

I don't like to ridicule people. Well, not unless they ridicule, first. I try to avoid it because it's rarely productive, except maybe when it's like preaching that excites the choir. Sometimes Ben Stein's angry preaching gets me excited.

Here's an outtake of his latest writing for The American Spectator. If it sounds like I'm taking it out of context,…

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Added by Pope Beanie on September 24, 2012 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

The Revolutionary Science of Epigenetics

I believe that epigenetics is the next frontier in the study of genetics, and biology. Wikipedia's definition of epigenetics is a good start, if you're new to the field.

But I'd like to clarify something that might otherwise be confusing people about this new science. The scientific definition of "epigenetics" can vary depending on which aspect the geneticist focuses: Embryonic Development, or Inheritable Traits.…

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Added by Pope Beanie on June 16, 2012 at 7:33pm — 2 Comments

My Favorite Bumper Stickers/Sigs

 

Bumper Stickers



NO MORE DEATH PANELS!
* PALIN-SCHIAVO 2012 *

 

QUESTION EVOLUTION! (Because
good scientists question everything!)

 

1ST ANNUAL END OF WORLD
  PARTY - MAYACON 2012

 

CREATIONISM: EVIDENCE OF MAN'S
  OBSESSION TO CREATE GOD(S)

 

INTELLIGENT DESIGN
   GOD MYTH…
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Added by Pope Beanie on May 5, 2012 at 11:58pm — No Comments

My PERSONAL Opinion About Free Will

First of all, I'm going to be arrogant and solipsistic in my approach to understanding Free Will. This is a personal feature every human has, whether it's "real" or a delusion or illusion. At this point, I don't see enough consensus out there, except for the Godidit talking point that "God gave us Free WIll". (Bullcrap! I mean, even if God did didit, we're still stuck with the "science" of understanding how it works. Even if God left us billion year old fossils six thousand years ago, He…

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Added by Pope Beanie on May 23, 2011 at 5:27pm — 4 Comments

Terror TV

Here we go again, with huge time and resources spent to bring train wreck style news coverage to the masses. As I'm writing this, every news channel's covering a couple of likely-related (supposed) mail bombing incidents in Maryland. Injuries, but no deaths.

Meanwhile, how many people have died or are dying miserably of disease or by accident today? How about misery caused by just the lack of preventative health care, for example? These are just statistics, of course, without exciting…

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Added by Pope Beanie on January 6, 2011 at 3:29pm — 1 Comment

Evo-Psych: Scientifically Appreciating the Significance of Human Art & Creativity

My ideas about this have been coalescing for years, but especially while watching a round table with Nobel laureate Eric Kandel, neurologist Oliver Sacks, art curator Ann Tempkin, and artists Richard Serra… Continue

Added by Pope Beanie on November 4, 2010 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

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