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by John G
February 25th, 2016, 5:28 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Getting it wrong...
Replies: 4
Views: 968

Re: Getting it wrong...

Thanks for the clarification jdc. It looks like someone referenced the Mail article rather than the original NHS article and came up with a poor one liner. I think I'll talk to the pharmacist about this. His picture is next to this snippet of health advice. Not sure if it's a subscription service or...
by John G
February 23rd, 2016, 3:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: In or out?
Replies: 3936
Views: 221450

Re: In or out?

Across the pond, this topic reached the top of the CBC world news http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/britain-pound-brexit-1.3458605 today. Opinion seems to fall on the liberal-conservative spectrum, with a loud conservative crowd cheering for a Brexit. A failed experiment was one comment. (This is my i...
by John G
February 22nd, 2016, 2:17 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Things to explore?
Replies: 5
Views: 906

Re: Things to explore?

Is it possible to be a polymaths in our modern society. The information singularity that science spawns is growing at such a rate that I am not sure what that word would mean in our society. Depending on which metric you use our science knowledge doubles ever year or every nine years. It exponential...
by John G
February 19th, 2016, 4:45 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Getting it wrong...
Replies: 4
Views: 968

Re: Getting it wrong...

Poorly researched articles are a waste of time. The problem is, how do you tell if an article is poorly researched? I was in my pharmacy the other day. They have this large screen TV that displays advertising and health recommendation. One article caught my eye. The article said that 'UK study shows...
by John G
February 17th, 2016, 8:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Perception
Replies: 2
Views: 632

Re: Perception

We use this word frequently, often in an abstract mode. Just now I was aware of an immediate example of two things, physically the same, looking different. Well, OK, physically of the same construction. There are a pair of small artists' wooden manikins, one on either side of the video monitor I us...
by John G
February 17th, 2016, 2:42 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Modern economics
Replies: 1408
Views: 86665

Re: Modern economics

Not sure I agree with all he has said, but his comments about Irael and the US struck resonances with me. When did Chomsky become a "political theorist", would say he tends more towards the philosophical side, but, thin line between I suppose. Dave, for one thing, political theory is a br...
by John G
February 13th, 2016, 1:23 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Euthanasia - On Terry Pratchett's 'Choosing to Die'
Replies: 104
Views: 29099

Re: Euthanasia - On Terry Pratchett's 'Choosing to Die'

This subject is very current here in Canada. I have been watching the proceeding that our government has put in places. Assorted meeting with different groups. This thread looks like a rich source of information. I will have to spend some time reading. I shut down on one video presentation which had...
by John G
February 13th, 2016, 1:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: How Do We Know That Life is Not an Illusion?
Replies: 45
Views: 4108

Re: How Do We Know That Life is Not an Illusion?

I don't think religious people would indulge in thoughts about reality being a computer simulation - it is not compatible with the worldviews offered by the big religions i.e. Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Taoism, Bahai Faith, Zoroastrianism, etc. Oddly what brought thi...
by John G
February 13th, 2016, 12:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: How Do We Know That Life is Not an Illusion?
Replies: 45
Views: 4108

Re: How Do We Know That Life is Not an Illusion?

Some science to chew on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YycAzdtUIko#t=394.376 Gave up 3/4 way through! Ignoring that I don't like that style of presentation a lot of knowledge in the viewer seems to be assumed. If it was intended for the general public, as PBS is supposed to be, there are many mor...
by John G
February 12th, 2016, 6:21 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Religious privilege for pharmacies
Replies: 1
Views: 755

Religious privilege for pharmacies

The interesting things you find after surfing the web. This is a US condition that seems to be spreading to Canada. http://www.bchumanist.ca/religious_privilege_for_pharmacies Editor's note: While this article deals primarily with conscientious objections by American pharmacists, similar arguments h...
by John G
February 12th, 2016, 7:44 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 156985

Re: Homeopathy

Does the UK have Naturopaths? I see they do from my quick research. Do Naturopaths use Homeopathy in their practices?

Naturopath clinics are a common site in my home city. Just today I walked past two of them to see my GP.
by John G
February 12th, 2016, 7:37 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Middle aged misery
Replies: 2
Views: 684

Re: Middle aged misery

What age is middle age? Dave is a fine old soul. :)
by John G
February 12th, 2016, 7:33 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: How Do We Know That Life is Not an Illusion?
Replies: 45
Views: 4108

Re: How Do We Know That Life is Not an Illusion?

John G, are you familiar with Simulation Hypothesis ? This is the first time I have seen this wiki reference. Thank you. A simulation would be the ultimate Illusion. To the limits of our science, we can't find any evidence to support this hypothesis. If it were true how would it affect individuals?...
by John G
February 12th, 2016, 7:24 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein’s Prediction
Replies: 7
Views: 1385

Re: Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein’s Prediction

I watched the new conference, live this morning. Heady stuff. You could see how excited the scientists were. Bubbling with excitement. The signal they caught was done during an engineering run. I have not looked into how frequent they think these events are. It felt a little like the moon landing. T...
by John G
February 10th, 2016, 5:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Critical thinking. Why is it important?
Replies: 0
Views: 8135

Critical thinking. Why is it important?

Musings for the day as I am off to get my eye examined. Critical thinking. Why is it important? The human brain has a lot in common with a computer. It has storage, memories. It has a CPU, that part of the brain that we use to think with. Unlike a computer the CPU and the memory of a human are inter...
by John G
February 10th, 2016, 5:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Re: Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Luck is a fickle mistress. :) I agree. Just need to stack the deck as much as you can.
by John G
February 10th, 2016, 4:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Re: Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Ok, john, I'll call on: The problem of overpopulation we address as an individual or family and hope the law of large numbers works to our benefit. "Hope"? I'll take planning and forehought 10^10 - 1 out of 10^10 times on that! There are, of course, the "suck it and see" moments...
by John G
February 10th, 2016, 3:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Re: Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Well done on the cup of tea, John. My main drugs of choice are coffee and alcohol, both in limited measure I have people I consult. I have been known to ask questions on TH and people give kind and thoughtful answers. My children have grown up to be wise, thoughtful and sensible adults and they are...
by John G
February 10th, 2016, 2:15 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Michigan Senate Passes Bill Making Anal Sex Punishable By 15 Years In Prison
Replies: 3
Views: 1094

Re: Michigan Senate Passes Bill Making Anal Sex Punishable By 15 Years In Prison

Some laws should come with an expire by date. The logic here is that the supreme court has ruled the bill as unconstitutional but if the make this change then they can use the unconstitutional law to protect animals from abuse. Well one type of abuse anyway. I wonder how a gay animal rights person i...

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