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jkellmd last won the day on February 25 2006

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  1. Schopenhauer had a lot to say, much that is controversial by todays ideas of political correctness, and much that is colored by his strange personal experiences. That said, his work was a springboard for Nietzche (the lineage of ideas is reasonably well-accepted), especially his ideas regarding religion and women. He represents an interesting intellectual turn away from the enlightenment ideals, and was one of most cogent philosophical writers of his age. I especially appreciated the lack of overdense allegory found throughout Nietzche's better works. A nice little tool, but laid on a litt
  2. The answer to your question is a resounding yes. Godel was the master, we still don't understand him. Einstein never completely did (some here might consider that faint praise, though).
  3. As long as we are, for the sake of argument, disallowing those with genetic defects to procreate, why don't we stop helping people with infertility problems? If their genes are too weak to allow for "natural" conception, pregnancy and birth, are we serving humanity by helping them pass their genes on? Which does more damage to the gene pool: A. The offspring of tens of thousands of successful artificial insemination procedures. B. The rare (even newsworthy) case of mentally handicapped individuals having children that manage to survive into the child bearing years, and then procreate them
  4. Great thread Racoon! It's either the enlightenment or the romantics for me. Jung is the exception.
  5. I wanted to thank (almost) everyone for their (mostly) thoughful responses in the thread. I posted the question with the idea that I might get some recon from people on the ground in africa as to what the situation really is, which schemes seem to be working, and what some new ideas might be. You responded in force, thanks. I feel I must respond personally to J.B.'s intimation that anyone might "feel superior," through discussion of this topic. No, in fact I do not feel superior to africans while discussing the plight of an entire continent and a huge portion of humanity. The last refuge of
  6. If I remember correctly, I heard something about it on the diggnation podcast a month ago or so, although I'm not sure which digg.com story it was in reference to. Hazy memory, sorry.
  7. I have a palm, and the Adobe reader is adequate, if I'm in a good mood. However, note that the palmOS is being discontinued, so the windowsOS will take over all palm devices, which is probably not a big deal, unless you have a ton of bootlegged palm software, like many I know. I would probably go with a compact, high end notebook. Internal wifi, decent hard drive, full XP support, etc. Drop zoom player for videos, and your favorite audio software onto that bad boy, and you've got a serious content consumption system going. The models I've seen are pretty sweet. A PSP is also a good option
  8. Agreed. The bright spots are nations like Kenya, with ecotourism industries bringing in foriegn money (not aid), and protecting ecological resources at the same time. Economics improving the world - makes me go ahhhhhhhhh.
  9. As an offshoot of the raging debate on Racoon's thread regarding slavery, I would like to ask the members what they think the future holds for the majority of african nations. Rampant HIV, widespread political instability, outdated and destructive farming practices and environmental deterioration seem to spell unavoidable disaster in the not-too-distant future, it seems. I hear over and over again that farming practices have to change first; however, political stability seems to trump the issue. Food aid isn't a viable answer in the medium or long term (even if it could get to those who need
  10. http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20060314/hl_hsn/nanotechnologymayrepairdamagedbrains Partial vision has been to restored to rats using nano-sized peptide scaffolds, which provide structure for growth of brain cells. WOW. Superman may walk again, after all. Good news for Dick Clark.
  11. Thanks for the peaceful advice, gents. You're right, the average "door-knocker" has the best interests of the community at heart, at least in some sense. The possible unspoken motives intrigue me, though. I assume certain advancement oppotunities and rewards are available for high numbers of "conversions" or call-backs. Seems a lot like cold calls, telemarketing, and door-to-door sales. Like Uncle Joe Stalin said, "Opinions can be argued with; beliefs are best shot." Haha.
  12. Welcome, Babar! Do you know Pushto?
  13. Don't be so reticent. I'd like to hear it. You can borrow my faith for a few minutes.
  14. Chicago style. I wish I could get it in New York.
  15. Ignoring the above faux pas, and getting back to the post, I have an anecdote for you, Infinitenow. In the early nineties, I was studying abroad in a small southeast asian country, and was one of about three americans living in a city of 300,000. One day, a friend introduced me to two young mormon lads, fresh off the boat. These young men had questions for me regarding the safe parts of town, safe places to eat, and various other aspects of living as an expatriate. Always priding myself on being a brother, I helped them as best I could, offering my expertise, language mastery, and many native
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