I’m not so sure that the feelings of shoulds and shouldn’ts is necessarily a naturally occurring one – at least not when it comes to sexual pleasure.I think in general, behavior that members of a species conduct between each other has to be more than just a learned behavior, although young members growing up do learn quite a bit of…
@Davis, good point. Some of the worst human atrocities, like during and after war, expanded the victor’s gene pool. One study claims that one man in 200 on earth has descended from Genghis Khan.
While looking for more recent studies, I ran across a couple more interesting ones discovering a significant loss of diversity of Y chromosomes, likely…[Read more]
it has numerous other benefits than simple procreation
It’s now about people (and say, bonobos) enhancing their social connections to each other via sexual pleasure, as crude as that will sound to many people still naturally feeling their strong shoulds and shouldn’ts. I would bet that some day it will even be provable scientifically…[Read more]
I don’t understand why evolution would select for sexual fluidity.
I think most people, by nature, take their own inclinations/orientations for granted, unless prejudiced early on by culture. Not just for granted in fact, but as a primal essence of their self, when given the opportunity to be their genuine self. Growing up, I…[Read more]
What is the natural variation in any species wrt sexual “preference”. At some point, even in humans, there must be a core natural preference to behave heterosexually, just for the sake of continuing the species. Any deviation from the heterosexual norm is due to either some natural variation or pathology–and in fact some “pathologies” may…[Read more]
The nature of each god is subjective, because humans
- invented Him/Her
- wrote various accounts of Him/Her (except when Mohammed declared himself the final authority, but hey, he too was only a biased human)
- rely on differing authorities and interpreters of scripture to learn their version of supposed absolute truth
- tend to follow what…
The bulk of any language evolves and operates, if not on a full two-way street, at least with a transmitter and a comprehending receiver, e.g. in the case of a poisonous plant or animal advertising itself in a colorfully visual way and a predator’s evolved behavior to ignore it and/or keep its distance. Or when two furry animals fluff up to…[Read more]
PopeBeanie replied to the topic Are we victims of circumstance or do we choose our circumstance? in the forum Small Talk 5 days, 10 hours ago
[…] It seems as though those in least favorable conditions have the most offspring. No work? No problem. Not enough to eat? No problem. Not enough clean water? No problem.
I’ll bet this kind of over-population strategy is built-in from much earlier evolutionary times when we tended to die off much earlier in life. It’s only an…[Read more]
I thought I posted this story before, but can’t find it, so here it is again.
PopeBeanie replied to the topic Are we victims of circumstance or do we choose our circumstance? in the forum Small Talk 1 week, 2 days ago
But it bears mentioning that bacteria and viruses are kickass killers. Think about the plague…Spanish flu…malaria…yellow fever…newly evolved super bugs.
(I know you know what I’m about to say, except perhaps for my final point.) Such bugs, sans consciousness, are not intentionally killing. Natural, biological evolution has no…[Read more]
PopeBeanie replied to the topic Are we victims of circumstance or do we choose our circumstance? in the forum Small Talk 1 week, 3 days agoa lot
So much to disagree with you on there, I wonder if I’m largely misunderstood, but will try to make this brief.
I never said “supreme arbiter”, nor meant anything close to it. I am saying it’s just flat out wrong to ignore the power of those frontal lobes and neocortex. Whales? Elephants? I think they’re amazing,…
PopeBeanie replied to the topic Does the "Many Worlds Theory" require conscious beings? in the forum Science 1 week, 3 days ago
But does a particle in two different states simultaneously exist in two different worlds?
Seems to me yes, at least in a sense.
Here’s a video I gave up trying to understand after about seven minutes into it, but will revisit. (It might have been posted here at AZ before, but I don’t remember where it would…[Read more]
PopeBeanie replied to the topic Are we victims of circumstance or do we choose our circumstance? in the forum Small Talk 1 week, 3 days ago
but all the consciousness is there is as an input to the preconscious mind, which is where things are DONE and not just perceived
I get that we’re all just “meat bodies”, and I get that we may have difficulty someday determining whether a zombie or a robot really has experiences and experiences consciousness. Meanwhile, what we do…[Read more]
I think he comes across as a bit of a dick – blaming atheism for increased political polarisation, for example, or calling us “deviants” – […]
He also has an overly-pessimistic view of human nature, thinking that we’re all like the Marquis de Sade underneath, […]
I haven’t read the article yet, but I wonder if this guy…[Read more]
PopeBeanie replied to the topic Does the "Many Worlds Theory" require conscious beings? in the forum Science 1 week, 4 days ago
I think this is a pretty good summary, in the simple version of wikipedia. But I would still need to re-read stuff like descriptions of more involved double-slit experiments to get more into discussion about it.
PopeBeanie replied to the topic Does the "Many Worlds Theory" require conscious beings? in the forum Science 1 week, 5 days ago
In spite of what some reputable physicists say, I think the many-worlds theory is just philosophical conjecture if not absurd. I forgot what the most popular alternative theory to that is, but either theory may never be provable or disprovable. At least one thing is true, I think, and that is that it takes conscious physicists to make up these…[Read more]
@Pope Beanie will check this further for you soon.
Well, there’s a lot about this one on the web but 90% of it is geek-speak with few clues about exactly what it is or how to get rid of it. But I did see references to Video Downloader Professional, and in at least two cases, people removed it and it fixed their…[Read more]
What is it with all the script after my post?
While people have spoken about fearing how AI might take over because AI might learn to act per its own, non-human “motives”, I’ve said for years that the most imminent threat of AI will come from how its specific owners and builders will decide what to do with their AI. This depressing ass video is the first support I’ve seen for that notion, in…[Read more]
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