Ben Zittere

San Diego, CA, United States

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Ben Zittere
Posted about 2 years ago
Michael Norton: How to buy happiness
I'm also concerned with the apparent conflation of correlation and causality. Showing that people who give are happier may also be a result of their general happiness at being well off enough to be able to afford giving. There is also an implication that the hapiness increase is independent of actual value. The best solutoin would seem to be to donate frequently to 'leave-a-penny' dishes near the cash register.
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Ben Zittere
Posted over 2 years ago
Is cloning animals and humans acceptable? Own beliefs? Religious views?
Building cities is not natureUsing computers is not natureUtilizing agriculture is not naturePoetry, music, painting and sculpture are not natureNature is eating raw what you can hunt or forrage and burrowing into a den. For the most part, a natural existence sucks. I like to go visit it every now and then, but by and large I prefer civilization. I enjoy a lot of benefits from living in an environment manipulated in an unnatural way. I don't have a problem with gengeneering, cloning, IVF, DNA sequencing or stem cell research. Knowledge about nature and the skill to manipulate natural systems have benefited humanity since we started walking upright.
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Ben Zittere
Posted over 2 years ago
Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies
Oh and what about causality? yeah... ummm... strass is bad for your heart... that answers that! Are there any indications that being poorer than someone in the same state or nation causes poorer health? I would assume that the rich try to get the best health care, I know I would if I were rich. That should give them a higher life expectancy.
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Ben Zittere
Posted over 2 years ago
Why do we consider groups motivated by protest to be attackers?
If you are taking action to cause something that isn't yours to be destroyed or malfunction what better term would you suggest than "attack"? Violate? Vandalize? Destroy? In the end, they all end up meaning something like attack anyway. If you want to protest start a blog, or gather signatures online. If you are hacking into something that isn't yours or intentionally misuing equipment to break someone elses system then it's an attack.