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  1. I like everyone else has taken the SAT exam. Has anyone ever wondered, is this really a proper measure of intelligence? The idea that what school you will get into is based on what circle you color in has always befuddled me. There is little writing or anything based around individuals creativity, which is a key to intelligence. Also, there is almost no real problem solving outside of trying to figure out why Johnny left home with 6 apples and came back with 13.
  2. The Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is the first smartphone that can use a fingerprint for payments in stores and online. It appears this will become the standard in the next couple years.
  3. There was a moment in history, before Islam was ruled supreme that many of the cultures of the Middle East were the most progressive countries in the world in sciences, math, engineering and art, and far more advanced then Europe. What happened? When the religion of Islam took complete control of the economy, schools and everything else there was a complete decline in all these countries. Now, the poorest countries in the world are Muslim countries. These polls reflect the disorder of these cultures.
  4. This is a strange question because it is so incomplete and/or vague. I think one of the major issues why the U.S. has so many problems and is a country of great extremes is because it is an incredible melting pot of so many different cultures. As far as the economy goes, the reason the U.S. has created such great wealth is because there is the cowboy element of taking great risks, which has an upside and a downside.
  5. Many governments are investing huge amounts of money on quantum computer research, but it appears they are still far off from being fully functional. The supercomputers of today are quite extraordinary and it is predicted that in the next 15 years they will be able to produce weather models that will be very accurate over two week periods.
  6. I think this is a great learning tool that anyone can appreciate and probably would be most effective with children. It is a fun snapshot of some interesting facts. Although, I agree that the comment about the Earth being smoother than a bowling ball appears silly.
  7. I suffer from this condition occasionally, although one time it was so bad I could barely walk. I went to a clinic, they gave me a shot of a painkiller and anti-bacteria creams and that did the trick. This was the worst health experience of my life and I would suggest to anyone that suffers from this not to mess around with home treatments and just go to your local clinic and get what I like to call "the magic cream". It really works. The stuff they sell over the counter does not do the job.
  8. I watched it last night and it was magnificent. The first time in my life I ever saw one live and it was worth staying up to see it. I did not bother photographing it and just enjoyed the moment.
  9. Thanks for the review. This does sound like an interesting reading. I have always been interested in Russian history, starting with Peter The Great on up to the present. I do not know what, if any, new information can be dug up on Stalin, although after looking at the reviews on Amazon it looks like it is worth a try.
  10. I have watched many documentaries and read books on this beast. In many ways, he was worse than Hitler. Besides all the killing of his countrymen he raped many women and a number of them were not even 18 years old. It just goes to show you that you can twist anything into an argument no matter how crazy the argument. Lawyers do this everyday.
  11. Research scientists in Korea have developed a skin patch that can detect tremors and release drugs stored inside it to the body and later all this functionality can be reviewed later for analysis. This product is not on the market, but it looks like it could be in the near future. This research group are not the only ones on this path. A drug release chip is being developed by MicroChips in Lexington, MA. You can read the full article here.
  12. This is a simple answer - we have no idea where we came from at this point. It is difficult for individuals to admit this, although we are on the right path learning more and more with each passing year. I would like to make a comment on Hawking: To some degree he is a very overrated figure in the world of theoretcial physics. He is the most famous living scientist, but not nearly the most respected or reveered in his profession. There is a reason why he is never nominated for Nobel prizes and those that nominate are former Nobel Prize winners. The problem with almost everything Hawking come
  13. The biggest problem in your statement is, "SAT and GRE scores (strong correlates with IQ)". I think these are very cookie-cutter tests to measure intelligence. Lets take the SAT, which in my opinion is laughable, where you are required to pick a circle and color it in. There is no writing or any room for a person's personality and creativity to come into play. IQ tests are also quite silly. Richard Feynman, maybe America's greatest scientific mind scored a very average IQ test. Albert Einstein was far from being a whiz in school and that includes the stiff standardized tests of his era. Abra
  14. Consciousness at this point is a complete mystery. A wonderful book to read on consciousness is called "Consciousness Explained" by Daniel C. Dennett. I found this book very enlightening and you leave the book with the sense that we are moving in the right direction.
  15. To be honest, I think there is a great deal of hype about the destruction we as humans are causing. Global warming caused by humans is an illusion in my opinion. Many individuals and organizations that support global warming are fanatical and will only continue to receive funding if they continue to hit the idea that man is changing the weather of the planet. Of course, we are far from perfect and must continue to move forward, which to a great degree we have like recycling, re-planting trees after they have been cut down, emission testing of cars, wind energy, etc. Maybe the real problem
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