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  1. Origin-of-Life Study Points to Chemical Chimeras, Not RNA Scientists studying how life arose from the primordial soup have been too eager to clean up the clutter. The mind's task is to 'clean up the clutter'. From the early sensory material available, the conceptual mechanism one has is tasked to sort it all out, or 'clean up the clutter'. Is an artificially created E. coli sufficient evidence for the epistemic category of possible? Such RNA-DNA Frankenstein molecules aren’t just convenient inventions pieced together for the sake of the experiment. While no known living microbe or creature has a chimeric genome, one research team has artificially created E. coli that do. And yeast and other microorganisms have been observed to accidentally make such mixtures, though they have enzymatic systems that eliminate such mistakes.
  2. MisterSwig, what if the beginning components are not DNA. What if they are the amino acids and other chemicals and proteins, and then once assembled are indistinguishable from human DNA, are you beginning with human DNA?
  3. The only spoiler I uncovered so far is the author, a long-time atheist, turned to catholicism. This, however, is a fact aside from the content of the trilogy. Perhaps by October, a second reading could commence. It has been an extraordinary and unexpected approach to sci-fi thus far.
  4. I managed to snag a hardcover version with all three in it for $7.24! Started to read it today and had to get over being inundated by the Dramatus Personae. If HD doesn't thank you later for suggesting it, I might just have to, especially if the terminology I have to keep looking up keeps panning out like it has thus far.
  5. While philosophy does play a significant part, it does so in such a way that most folk are unaware of the role it is enacting. How else could philosophy operate under the radar all of these years while simultaneously being denounced as a mere 'bauble of the intellect'?
  6. There are atheist that reject the notion of god, yet have some notions that are pretty far out there. Does the capacity to use reason rely on being an Objectivist? If so, how did Aristotle, Tomas Aquinas, Galileo Galilei, Issac Newton, etc., arrive at the conclusions many take for granted today? While following an objective methodology doesn't make one an Objectivist, claiming to be an Objectivist doesn't ensure one's methodology to automatically adhere to objectivity either.
  7. A point that failed to get zeroed in on here. That adds a nuance to the story overlooked on the initial preview. If Apple University is an extension of Apple Inc., then Apple Inc. Is not donating monies to a cause over which they've no control, they're establishing and funding an entity over which they have control without necessarily being explicitly aware of how to exercise that control more broadly.
  8. Most positions for philosophers are in the college and university settings. It was a bit strange to see the headline association it with AI and tech companies. It may not be a big deal, considering what the profession has to offer, brushing aside the philosophy's power in the world at large. The latter would be the crux of any significance.
  9. Silicon Valley's Secret Philosophers Should Share Their Work Has Silicon Valley discovered Ayn Rand's thoughts on the power of philosophy? Is Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey leading the way with eastern philosophy? There is general skepticism and critique of philosophy by the 'capitalist engineers and there is skepticism by the philosophers of the technological in innovations which does not suggest a mutual attraction here. The part of being used as virtue-signaling pawns for ethically problematic companies is ironic in a world that demonizes big, business, a point that is not likely to be lost on the larger tech outfits doing the hiring with non-disclosure agreement clauses in the contracts.
  10. I'm about half-way into the program. You said he focused on exploring and testing, but it seems that he brings in many of the objections floated out there, and presents them to see what Yaron did with them. Shapiro seems familiar enough with the subject to see things that come across as an issue of wording, which gave Yaron the opportunity to unpack the issue with the wording by pointing out the essential difference. Take the early point of selfishness, where two men vote to seize the wealth of the third, and contrasting that with the relationship of wealth to reason, purpose and self-esteem, without which, the seized wealth is a hollow victory, putting off the end-game for the current foreseeable moment. As debates go, it is out there and has 27,000 hits so far, mostly Shapiro's audience, I would reckon, with others tuning in because Yaron is on the broadcast. I could look up the stats for Yaron's show, but his numbers are somewhat preaching to the choir, and serve as a tool for others to pass on when an aligned interests are detected.
  11. That is quite the introduction and personal notes, LabelsForConcepts. If you're building a productive life of your own and find those who accept your moral code, that should in turn raise a standard which the honest will repair. Here is a bit more of the context of the George Carlin citation used: What, pray tell, do you think he is on to? And, welcome to OO.
  12. 8000-Year-Old Shipyard Located off English Coast is World’s Oldest
  13. Found this at the Conservative HQ comparing the shift in some businesses to various business practices touched upon in Atlas Shrugged. Another Depressing Chapter Of Atlas Shrugged Comes Alive
  14. Until your post, the last one was in 2006. It is a pinned topic, and depending on where it goes, sub-topics could be added with the warning that spoilers are likely to be encountered. Aside from personally re-reading Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, and The Romantic Manifesto this year, there was Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead And Win and Creating Christ: How Roman Emperors Created Christianity.
  15. Consider nominalism. To arrive at the conclusion that time is an illusion, what line of reasoning is not being pursued? Like distinguishing dreams, hallucinations, illusions, etc., as contrasted against what? Calendars are produced identifying the cycles of the moon, equinoxes, solstices. Time keeping devices were brought about to overcome navigational difficulties in determining time from the position of celestial bodies at sea. Which constellations are dominant in the night sky, when planetary alignments are to occur . . . for time to be an illusion, a comprehensive integration with the rest of one's knowledge need be brushed aside. To consider that time passes differently under different contexts does not negate this either. If travel at the speed of light returns a twin older or younger (I don't recall off the bat), the constellations, moons, equinoxes etc, would have passed regularly for the other twin, and when rejoined, both would experience the continuation under the context derived on earth.
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