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Posted on October 22 at 3:14 p.m.
You want cheap and efficient government? Move to North Korea.
On Crashing the Piggybank
Posted on October 22 at 3 p.m.
"Jesus Christ was God’s Son who died on the cross for the sins of this world."
On Principal Alleges Religious Discrimination
Posted on October 15 at 1:38 p.m.
How dare someone blow their nose in public. What is this? A free country?
On Cabrillo Ball Field Getting Fenced In
Posted on October 7 at 4:33 p.m.
I doubt they're interested in the accuracy of the recommendations of anyone interviewed for this article. Quite frankly, I find it less than amusing, to say the least. What would be humorous, however, would be watching them squirm after asking them to provide credible, peer reviewed research that substantiates any of the claims they've made.
Where alt-med scams actually do provide assistance and supplement the legitimate medical community is with mental health, although the practitioners aren't trained to do so. They can take more time with patients and talk to them at length about their problems and are more focused on subjective elements like "well-being." So what they really offer is a form of unlicensed psychotherapy.
People, people, people! None of these garbage treatments do anything but empty your wallet. Readers looking for effective medical care would be wise to follow the recommedations of trained professionals, i.e. nobody interviewed in this article.
On Getting Well in Newer Ways
Posted on August 27 at 1:06 p.m.
Well, obviously, the circumstances are never exactly the same. Water doesn't flow uphill.
But we aren't just talking about circumstances. I'll say again, the man's mental health plays an integral role as well. He obviously has a propensity for impulsivity and is probably unable to empathize with others in a meaningful way. These are discrete neurological abnormalities that can be effectively manipulated with the proper pharmaceutical cocktail.
I'm not in any way advocating for an across the board increase in the use of pharmacological therapies to correct the gang problem. My only point here is that to alter these kinds of outcomes, we need to alter the inputs. More focus on academics, more parent education, more youth programs for at-risk young people and, where applicable, medical intervention, can prevent deviant behavior.
In short, we can do a lot more, but this isn't just for their benefit. I'd like to live in safer neighborhoods and send my children to safer schools. To do that effectively, we can't just run around and lock everyone up after the fact.
On Santa Bruta
Posted on August 27 at 10:58 a.m.
I have a firm grasp of what literally means. To clarify, he didn't choose a socially-deviant lifestyle anymore than water chooses to run downhill.
Posted on August 26 at 1:33 p.m.
No. He literally had no choice. He doesn't know any better. Add to that, if family history is in any way reliable, and I would argue that it most certainly is, he's most likely a sociopath with a defective genome.
This doesn't mean we can't hold him accountable. What the man did was objectively wrong. Our criminal justice system inflicts punishment designed to alter future behavior so that those that have the capacity to contribute to society in constructive ways will hopefullly so if given another opportunity. Others, we've deduced, don't have that capacity and we lock them up for life, or kill them like barbarians.
Posted on August 26 at 11:17 a.m.
"People can rise above their circumstances, or can make choices that plunge themselves into ruin."
Quite easier said than done. Even "Chico Loko" is convinced his life of crime is a matter of his own free choice. But was it really? Could it have been any other way?
Most certainly not. This story is entirely predictable, from start to finish.
Posted on August 17 at 9:56 a.m.
You're faced with the same conundrum trying to determine at what point life begins as you are determining at what point consciousness begins. Because you haven't defined either's properties, any philosophical conclusions you reach are essentially vapid. In other words, neither of these terms has an operational definition, at least none that you've provided.
Lastly, modern soft drink manufacturer's do indeed assert that Root Beer springs from non-Root Beer, but this is as incoherent a claim as the argument that consciousness springs from that which wholly lacks consciousness.
On Absent-Minded Science
Posted on August 16 at 4:29 p.m.
The main point I made, which you seem to have overlooked, is a critique of your entire enterprise. What is the relevance of examining where "mind" comes from when it doesn't have a discrete definition? (Neither does consciousness, for that matter) Moreover, you need to describe the activity and its properties in a principled way before you start asserting that pieces of rock are quantum entangled through consciousness to other stars in the milky way, which is undoubtedly your goal here. All you have is a lot of words and some hand-waving.
Your outside/inside distinction is a false one. I'm only limited from knowing your "subjective" (your inside) because of the limitations of current neuro-science and psychology.
By the way, which stone has more consciounesses, marble or slate? I'm debating which flooring to buy for the bathroom and my contractor said slate was the smarter choice.