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 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Can someone explain to me how bacteria becomes resistant...

Posted: 03 Jan 2013, 10:16 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 3,204


God changes them to have a fighting chance. On a more serious note: Evolution. Bacteria reproduce much faster than humans or animals, so they evolve more rapidly. Random mutations may make specific bacteria resistent to antibiotics. If this happens incidentally, it's not really an issue, but if anti...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Abortion.

Posted: 03 Jan 2013, 6:12 am 

Replies: 51
Views: 15,818


The Mother can have the baby removed but it should be transferred to an artificial womb. And then what? Who will care for it after birth? There are already many kids without parents going from fosterhome to fosterhome. And unfortunately, these kids often do not get the same opportunities in life as...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Abortion.

Posted: 02 Jan 2013, 10:37 am 

Replies: 51
Views: 15,818


In addition, the movements made by the fetus are reflexes. There is no personality behind them yet that goes "Gee, that light is annoying, if I move my arm like this I can block it." Fetuses and newborns have a ton of different automatic reflexes that help them survive and cope with the environment....

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: favorite branch of mathematics

Posted: 11 Dec 2012, 5:38 am 

Replies: 29
Views: 2,938


Mathematical logic, set theory, foundations of mathematics... you get the idea. This stuff I find the most interesting.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Question for Atheists

Posted: 03 Dec 2012, 7:05 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 3,062


The difference between saying "God bless you" and "Merry Christmas" is that the first is habit, as puddingmouse said, i.e. it often just slips out of your mouth when someone sneezes and you don't think about it, while the second is a deliberately spoken sentiment that has thought and purpose behind...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: POLL: Which political party do you identify with the most?

Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 6:14 am 

Replies: 45
Views: 5,961


In the Dutch political spectrum, I'm mildly liberal, but strongly progressive. Of course this requires further explanation as some terminology is completely opposite between the EU and US. In context of European politics, liberalism is the right-wing socio-economic philosophy with reduced government...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: How does a Progressive Tax System work can a Progressive Tax

Posted: 20 Nov 2012, 4:46 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 2,337


Forget income tax and just go with a federal sales tax and be done with it. Sales tax only is a terrible idea, because it means that the wealthiest people pay a lower percentage of tax than the poor. Since poor people have to spend almost all their money on goods and services to get by, their effec...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Do microwave ovens are dangerous to health

Posted: 15 Nov 2012, 9:26 am 

Replies: 39
Views: 2,831


Of course the radiation that microwave ovens produce is dangerous. I wouldn't recommend putting a living object in it unless you intend on killing it. The microwave radiation heats up any water present in the object in the oven, so any biological tissue is very efficiently heated up. The radiation f...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Circle Thereoms, how do I find x?

Posted: 15 Nov 2012, 5:37 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 865


I've taken the liberty to mangle your figure: http://i48.tinypic.com/6t2zag.png As the poster above me mentioned, the lines AC and BC make a 90 degree angle with the tangential lines. Angle ACB (this notation means: the angle at point C between lines AC and CB) is double that of the indicated 43 deg...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Does being male mean I can't have opinions about abortion?

Posted: 13 Nov 2012, 6:43 am 

Replies: 52
Views: 3,331


Electroencephalograms are quite accurate as far as I know, they don't measure conscious thought, per se, but they do measure brain activity to a high degree of accuracy. And brain activity is a much, much better indicator of thought than how human-like something looks anyway. It doesn't take comple...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: good buy?

 Post subject: Re: good buy?
Posted: 13 Nov 2012, 5:15 am 

Replies: 70
Views: 10,292


1-this laptop looks like a good machine(regardless of price) It looks like a reasonable low-budget laptop. 2- it would be a good buy(i could get it price matched for 350 dollars Yes. 3-if amd is a lot worse than intel.. if an amd a6 is better than an i5 like the staples employees claimed it was as ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why do so many people think that abortion is acceptable?

Posted: 12 Nov 2012, 10:33 am 

Replies: 154
Views: 6,739


I've thought about abortion a lot recently, I think what people forget there isn't just one party to it. You have the mother but there is also the father and most importantly the child whose life hangs in the balance. A man can't force a woman to get an abortion but we as a society demand that he s...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why do so many people think that abortion is acceptable?

Posted: 12 Nov 2012, 8:16 am 

Replies: 154
Views: 6,739


If you are so in favour of giving every potential child a chance at life, surely you also object condoms, the pill, and other forms of family planning? There's a difference between single cells and developing organisms. I highly doubt sperm cells are capable of any kind of consciousness or independ...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: a couple of simple theories

Posted: 12 Nov 2012, 7:57 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 9,697


now for the hard part when i was talking about my thoughts of how lightning occurs i tried to suggest that it was the natural background energy that exists at all points in the universes that when combined with some atmospheric turbulence that caused the natural background energy to briefly manifes...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why do so many people think that abortion is acceptable?

Posted: 12 Nov 2012, 7:33 am 

Replies: 154
Views: 6,739


The world is overpopulated as it is. Life is really not as valuable as people claim it is. If the human population would be halved, the world in general would be better off. You list a number of positive qualities that someone could have in their life. This is too much of a rose-tinted-goggles outlo...

 Forum: Games and Video Games   Topic: Lotteries

Posted: 02 Nov 2012, 7:12 am 

Replies: 48
Views: 6,971


I see it as a tax on the poor and those who cannot do math. Which is the typical statement you see from people that don't know much math (or in particular: game theory). The point is that the utility-function (= how much you value it) of money is not linear. That means that for almost all people, f...
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