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    We should give free money to the homeless

    This must be an intentionally obtuse comment. Of course some people are losing more money than they gain - there is no obfuscation of this fact. The point is that at the end of the day, *everyone* gets given the same basic income (regardless of all other taxes in effect). That is simply because...
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    We should give free money to the homeless

    You've never seen io9 before? Well, it is obviously a journalistic endeavour, not original research, but that isn't a problem, it isn't like the author hasn't linked to numerous pieces of evidence to back up everything he says. But that is how functional societies work. The people who have...
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    We should give free money to the homeless

    Then get a high paying job. That's the beauty of the BI, it adds up with your income. A new article on this subject: http://io9.com/how-universal-basic-income-will-save-us-from-the-robot-1653303459
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    PF Member Photo Thread Archive

    It was so fun hanging out with you and Anna, Greg! Hopefully next time we will see you in the USA, and we will have a bit more time!
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    Evolution and hypnosis

    The first thing you should know about Hynosis is that you can't make anyone do something they don't want. Hypnosis is really a state of relaxed receptiveness - in order to be hypnotised, people need to allow themselves to relax, and be willing to follow the commands of 'the hypnotist'. It...
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    Biology Resources

    http://www.johnkyrk.com/ Cell Biology Animation
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    Why should we save people?

    Which is why you should avoid that problem to begin with :) Irrational 'makes you feel good' claims are harder to uphold than the truth, and hence easily crash down into 'lies make you feel REALLY bad'
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    Why should we save people?

    I have considered this problem many times myself. I am confident I know why it doesn't happen in reality, but the explanation provided for it is far from satisfying. As far as my understanding goes, for christians, the basis for helping keep people alive and not killing people, is because God...
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    Richard Dawkins Vs Religion

    I can't finish reading your post when you start by saying such nonsense. You don't understand what faith is do you? Or more importantly, what the problem with it is.... Not knowing the answer, but hoping, or even expecting an answer is not faith. <<Personal insult deleted by mentor. Please...
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    Richard Dawkins Vs Religion

    Actually, it is technically far more difficult than that. That describes 'Behaviourism' which, I, and most other philosophers of mind would all agree is a terrible theory of mind. To say that something behaves as if it has a mind is acurate, and a good enough reason (in our day to day lives) to...
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    Richard Dawkins Vs Religion

    I don't mind that. Ever heard of Eliminative materialism? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliminative_materialism That is pretty much what you are describing, and it is one of the few 'popular' philosophies of mind. I would contend that the mind (consciousness et al) is an illusion created by...
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    Please Explain this diagram: Statorless motor

    So there should be a detectable repulsion of the wire from the magnet right?
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    Please Explain this diagram: Statorless motor

    I find it hard to beleive that there is no force on the magnet itself. The magnet is stationary, then it is spinning, newtonian physics says there must be a force acting. To say that no force is acting on the magnet just doesn't make sense to me, can you explain it further?? Also, by 'loop' I...
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    Richard Dawkins Vs Religion

    ...but that statement shows nothing other than what would be the case IF {postulates of QM} was true. I don't know that they are true. Nor do I even know that HUP follows from them if they are... In this instance, assuming the statement is accurate, we still need to validate the premises...
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    Richard Dawkins Vs Religion

    I don't really understand the specifics of what you are trying to say, but I do get the concept, and the answer is as simple as a littl bit of Aristotelian logic. A statement can be said to be true if it is sound and valid. It must be logical, and it must be accurate with respect to reality...
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    Please Explain this diagram: Statorless motor

    *bump* I'd appreciate any attempts to answer my question :) Or even someone telling me that its a stupid question if need be... :)
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    Richard Dawkins Vs Religion

    Its not rejected, but it cannot be accepted as truth until it is verified :) Maths is great as a way of creating theories, and theories ultimately become factual or erroneous, but they must be formulated first. Their formulation absolutely requires reason, but without evidence that reason is...
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    Richard Dawkins Vs Religion

    I treat evidence for God exactly as I treat evidence for anything else... It has to be measurable in someway. There must be demonstrable interactions with real world phenomena. Simple. Show me a booming voice from the clouds. Show me clouds reshaping themselves to spell out "God exists", show...
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    Richard Dawkins Vs Religion

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnosticism goes into the problems with the term agnosticism. I don't know if there are attempts to redefine it into atheism, if anything someone agnostic is more theist than atheist (since they qualify the concept of God with a chance of existence). Dawkins does...
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    Richard Dawkins Vs Religion

    No, agnosticism describes someone who cannot make up their mind eitherway. They are not sure. Atheism is no belief in a God. It a passive position, although you can take an active position and assert that there cannot be any gods, which sis till technically atheism, but subtly different, and...
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    Please Explain this diagram: Statorless motor

    OK, still trying to come to terms with this, and these paragraphs in the wikipedia entry stuck out to me: When a magnet with a symmetrical field is rotated about its axis of symmetry (as it may or may not do in a homopolar machine), people often ask whether the field lines rotate with the...
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    Please Explain this diagram: Statorless motor

    This link from the bottom of that article even has a picture of someone doing what I tried to describe LOL. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homopolar_motor So this is obviously well documented...
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    Please Explain this diagram: Statorless motor

    Bingo. That film, or more accurately the one it is in reply to: is exactly the phenomenon I was describing in my diagram. You can see the direction of rotation in both of the films too. One has the screw hanging from the positive end (the nobbly end anyway) and it turns clockwise. The version...
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    Richard Dawkins Vs Religion

    Actually its quite the opposite. Religion is the eternally avoided question. People just assume the answer everytime they get into it. Dawkins is actually tackling one of the most difficult questions ever because it is about time someone stood up and did it. No, nothing wrong with the...
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    Richard Dawkins Vs Religion

    Actually he quite clearly explains what his objectives are. They are not to target extremist religions (although obviously he uses them in his discussion of the consequences of religion). He isn't just trying to target christianity judaism etc. He is systematically arguing that any belief...
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    Richard Dawkins Vs Religion

    Empiricism is measurable observable, directly inferable facts about our world. The world which affects us. The one thing which matters to us all...reality. Anything which isn't measurable, observable or directly inferable can only be described as 'imagined' and hence part of a dream world...
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    Please Explain this diagram: Statorless motor

    (the equation doesn't mean anything to me. I'm a molecular biologist, not a physicist :p) But the field, current force description is pretty mcuh what I said above I think....the question that was posed to me was what was the force pushing against? Actually, to make this easier to understand...
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    Richard Dawkins Vs Religion

    Well, if we want progress in the real world, you have to use real world tenets. The metaphysics of science may not be infallible, but at least it has had inumerous practical applications since it was applied, unlike every other metaphysics ever described. If people want to live in a dream...
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    Please Explain this diagram: Statorless motor

    OK, I remember that, but I don't understand how that makes torque. Why does a magnetic field around the flow of electrons turn the magnet?
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    Please Explain this diagram: Statorless motor

    quite. The two turning in opposite directions would create far more problems than both turning in the same direction. Friction and the like specifically. I didn't check, but it seems incredibly unlikely. PS mindscrape, that video was rm....any chance you can find a youtube or video.google...
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