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    posted a message on climate change vs ... can't think of the word...
    Quote from SnyderGuy

    Global Warming isn't a HUGE deal, I mean, it happens all the time.


    Global warming certainly happens all the time. Anthropogenic global warming - human created - happens, well, never before, and considering how fast the temperatures are rising in comparison to the previous increases, and how far, this is certainly a HUGE deal.

    Quote from SnyderGuy

    The ice age happens, the Earth cools down, when the ice age ends, it warms up (where we are now), and then it starts over.
    However this process takes THOUSANDS of years, sure humans probably sped it up by a TAD.


    Look at the graphs posted above. It's A LOT more than "a TAD".

    Quote from SnyderGuy

    So, it's not a huge deal.
    If the planet's average temperature rises 15 degrees fahrenheit in the next century


    This hasn't happened, ever. Variation hasn't been more than a few degrees. If the global temperature truly did increase by 15 degrees, we'd be in big trouble.

    Quote from SnyderGuy

    by then people won't really notice the difference because of the evolution our body goes through to adapt to this.
    I'm NOT saying we're going to be a different race in a 100 years, just that we will tolerate the heat a bit more.


    That's not how evolution works. It happens over thousands, millions of years. 100 years will do virtually nothign to the heat tolerance of the human race.
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    posted a message on Why don't we use the Placebo Effect?
    Wanna hear a secret?

    They do. Cold medicines and the like are effective, but some of that effectiveness stems from the placebo effect. Same thing with a variety of other treatments - yes, they certainly do have some innate effect, but the placebo effect also plays a large role.

    Doctors don't use solely the placebo effect because they're forbidden from lying to their patients, for good reason, but there's nothing wrong with giving them a drug, saying it will work, and then having it work not only because if its effectiveness but because of the placebo effect.


    Though it should be said that you're exaggerating the power of the placebo effect. Yes, it's a miraculous thing with hundreds of uses and applications. But it's not nearly as effective as "vaccines and stuff", because the whole point of the scientific experiments before release of a drug is to determine if the drug is more effective than the placebo alone - hence, controlled experiments. Modern medicine does not solely reside on the back of the placebo effect.
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    posted a message on Nelson Mandela Died Today
    A great loss. The man was a great leader and visionary, and the world is worse off without his beneficial influence.
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    posted a message on Dangerous Games
    Quote from Slashadder

    Is there a source for this? I've played it many times before at parties, I have asthma and I've never seen or experienced anything bad come from it.


    Wikipedia
    News Report

    I can personally say that a kid came into my Global class one day talking about it, and the teacher (a firefighter who goes on medical calls), berated him for quite a while about it, talking about how dangerous it is and how bad it is for you. This was normally quite a chill teacher, so you could tell he was fairly serious. The challenge can definitely be dangerous.
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    posted a message on Hanukkah vs. Christmas
    I hate to be that guy, but why is either one inherently better?
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    posted a message on What Is The Best Government Form?
    Quote from ClaytonRISING

    Haha and you probably believe your vote makes a difference, too.


    ITT: Wacky conspiracy theories that have no logical backing.
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    posted a message on Cyberbullying
    Quote from Haddiseus

    My opinion on cyberbullying is "Anyone who gets offended by mere pixels on a monitor is incompetent in self control. WORDS should not affect people... in a negative way."


    I honestly can't stand this mentality. if words can't hurt you, if the negative opinions of others can't affect you, then you are a psychopath. I'll post this again, just because it's so relevant.




    Humans are social creatures. We depend on other humans for so many things, and if you aren't affected by the words of others, you are the enormous exception, not the rule, and telling others just to not let it affect them is some of the worst and most pointless advice you can possibly give. Studies have shown time and time and time and time and time and time and time and time again that words can hurt, that bullying and cyberbullying have huge negative effects on people, and telling them that they just have thin skin and shouldn't let it affect them is not only stupid and asinine, but offending and pointless as well.
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    posted a message on Cyberbullying
    Relevant xkcd, because, as usual, xkcd.



    Don't tell people to suck it up, stop being offended, or grow a thicker skin. That's some of the worst advice you can possibly give, and it's so utterly pointless. Cyber bullying is just as real as traditional bullying, and there's no reason it shouldn't be treated as such. Block buttons only go so far when societal pressure dictates your actions - bullying is far more often subtle than overt, and there are so many ways around it - behind someone's back, through other people, etc, that it becomes meaningless.
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    posted a message on Death of Arafat
    Please. Polonium is a commonly used poison for assassination, and there's no other feasible explanation of how it could have entered his body. Even if I didn't know anything else about this situation, I could say with relative certainty that this was an assassination.
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    posted a message on Before the Universe?
    Quote from SnyderGuy

    You're kidding right..? You just disproved someone because of what some other guy said? That's what religion does, not science.


    You're kidding, right? You believe something that a random person posted on the internet with no citation whatsoever over one of the most, if not the most, respected physicists in the world?

    An appeal to authority is certainly valid if that authority is a proper authority and said authorities do not disagree on the subject. Both of those are true in this case.
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