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  1. In fact you got that right! I think, since it's not made apparent in the movie. Would you prefer to live in a world with magnificent beautiful things (that are made possible by ugliness), or in a World without Pyramids (technology) at all? Well at least that's how I understood it. It really is a fantastic movie, very recommendable. http://www.dailypaul.com/313086/robots-now-are-the-airplanes-of-miyazakis-the-wind-rises
  2. Le vent se leve (Il faut tenter de vivre) The wind rises (we gotta try to live) I just watched such a beautiful film in the big screen that I just had to share with other people who have been moved by Ayn Rand's works. It includes love for life, for one's own dreams, and even hero worship. I even think it is Romantic Realism for many reasons. The film recounts the story of Jiro, a pioneer aeronautical engineer/designer from his early childhood to his ultimate success Jiro loves airplanes and believe they are machines too beautiful for war, he dreams of commercial airliners as he studies his Heroes in the West. But he was born not only in Japan but in the dawn of the 20th century. War was the only writing in the wall. At beginning of the film Jiro's Hero asks him what I consider the most brilliant quote: Would you prefer to live in a World with or without Pyramids?
  3. Republicans are dumber than Democrats...

    Controversial psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa says Liberals are more intelligent than Conservatives. http://personal.lse.ac.uk/kanazawa/pdfs/SPQ2010.pdf
  4. Uruguay is legalizing growth and sale this year too. But the government will be directly involved.
  5. Scientific Racism Debate

    Thanks Hairnet, that's pretty much in a nutshell. I was beginning to police myself for researching the subject so I wanted to see how you guys reacted. It took me by surprise that most attacked Suzuki outright before watching the video. The nailed it. I understand it's a touchy subject and now I'll search more about John Rawls. If you think the three 'races' are different in between, you should take a look at the precious genetic isolates.
  6. Scientific Racism Debate

    What about Rushton? Suzuki is there only to debunk what Rushton's trying to discuss.
  7. Scientific Racism Debate

    Yes I could see how Suzuki didn't even want to discuss those ideas, but what do you think of Rushton's correlations? Do you think it should be allowed to discuss those ideas in a frank and open manner? I thought that made him establishment rather than nut job. In any case he's definitely antagonistic to Rushton.
  8. Scientific Racism Debate

    This is another way to visualize genetic distance between ethnic groups. This is biased because there are more European samples than of any other ethnicity, but it still can be seen that Europeans and Arabs in general are in between East Asians/Amerindians and Africans. Just as Geography dictates. In my original post I show two maps which are uncannily similar, but obtained through different methods.
  9. Scientific Racism Debate

    David Suzuki is not a nutjob, he's one of the most mainstream popular scientists there are. He's the one star the program Rerum Natura, The Nature of Things. He's establishment, not nutjob. Yes, Cavalli-Sforza's research also advocates for the term genetic diversity rather than race since it's impossible to trace boundaries. The problem with the term ethnicity is that it's not genetic-exclusive, it also includes people who share the same tongue. i.e. not all basque speakers are basques, even though the majority are are, and not all genetically categorized as basques are basque speakers. I don't know if there is one human race, or multiple. Each individual is an individual expression of the human race. The problem arises when grouping genetic closeness. Then it seems to arise three, corresponding to the three major expansions out of Africa. Africans, Australian Aboriginals, and Eurasian and Amerindians.
  10. When Should the State Intervene Into the Home?

    I don't think the state should intervene in any of those cases, except taken to an extreme. Hurting instead of light spanking would be a clear cut case. The case of an illiterate parent homeschooling children reminds me of Amish and Mennonite classrooms. In fact all of your examples are found in Mennonite and Amish communities. They use spanking to rear children, they make them work in the farm from early age, and they 'brainwash' them to fear a God. But all of this is tolerated as, I believe, it should be.
  11. Philippe Rushton vs David Suzuki debate begins at minute 12 This is Cavalli-Sforza's aproximate 'race' map. Note that Cavalli-Sforza is mentioned by Suzuki as a defense that race does not exist as he had proved there is more variation within the races than among them. And this is an old 19century race map. http://mathildasanthropologyblog.wordpress.com/2008/06/13/race-maps/ So do you think that a category such as race can be identified? Do you think the debate was politically charged on either side?
  12. Does racism go both ways?

    Now I understand what you're getting at. with genes vs self I don't make the same dualistic distinction as in mind/body. It would be mind and body vs the portable, reproducible piece of information that we live for: our genetic coding. There was an excellent essay by Patri Friedman I can't quiet find that explains it...
  13. Richard Halley - musician to equate?

    Definitely Rachmaninoff
  14. Does racism go both ways?

    I don't understand the connection. The idea of original sin is particular to a part of the World, it doesn't appear (as far as I know) in Chinese or Amerindian cultures. The idea of reproduction as a means to give continuity to the genes your carry (some people would call their genes, their soul, other their blood) is universal.
  15. Individuals and Demography

    Thanks Nicky that last reply was useful. I am debating this with an American living in Korea (who glorifies that society) Can I now say that anything short of free transit of people as policy would be inflicting in the rights of pre existing citizens to invite friends or collaborators to live with them. Regarding the environment (I've been made fun of this) I'm still not sure in the cases of small isolated islands like Socotora, the Galapagos, etc, which have a very fragile and valuable environment (valuable for the islanders). Those territories (not countries) have indeed closed borders and restrict the entry of tourist to a yearly quota. The Falklands would be an example for the West. A Brit can't simply migrate to the islands except as a tourist (or in the military).
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