Nolan Poe

Goleta, CA, United States

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Nolan Poe
Posted almost 3 years ago
Why don't we have more "Kitchen" scientists?
My original comment was removed for violating the guidelines (which it really didn't...) so I'll try to be less blunt this time. Modified version below. No offense, but this is not true. I'm on the internet, procrastinating. I should be doing my physics homework. So does that mean I'm not curious? No, it doesn't. It means I'm spending my time doing something more productive than homework. For instance, in 6th grade, I taught myself programming, to the detriment of my schoolwork. I'm surprised people are taking this view here, of all places. When i'm bored, I browse wikipedia and read articles. I just read them, not for reference, just reading. Know why? (it involves curiosity, and the reason isn't that I lack it). I guess the original was too angry. I'm the kind of person you're talking about when you say people are too lazy. What you don't realize is that's what EVERYBODY thinks about the next generation. It's like my grandparents saying that my parents' generation had no morals because they listened to rock'n'roll. EDIT, responding to comments responding to me, because ted doesn't let us nest comments past 3 levels: I suppose what you're saying is true, but my parents didn't do anything special to me to make me how I am. Humans are naturally curious. Just because TV is stimulating and satisfies that curiosity for a short time doesn't mean it's bad or should be avoided to encourage creativity and curiosity.
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Nolan Poe
Posted almost 3 years ago
can science be linked with god?
Our own biology has encoded moral systems. We are here for ourselves, our loved ones, our kids, and our communities. This is the moral system has worked for more millenia than modern religion has been on this planet. And as I've stumbled around investigating Christianity, I've found something quite different. It seems that God does want to force us to love him. Why else would the bible so specifically target our self-interest (avoiding hell)?
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Nolan Poe
Posted almost 3 years ago
can science be linked with god?
Well the thing is that science requires something to be falsifiable to be tested. Religion is by definition not falsifiable. There is absolutely no event that would show that a religion is false. Science has no way of judging religion, except when religion dabbles with science. see: "God of the gaps" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_of_the_gaps Good luck on your journey of self-discovery!
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Nolan Poe
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is an engineer morally responsible for harm caused by their creations?
Please do not attack me like this without reading other comments I have written. I addressed every single point you brought up very thoroughly elsewhere. Go read them if you wish. Quite honestly, I'm insulted. Responding to your point about all human bloodshed being a crime, I think that is naive at best. Imagine you were approximately 300m outside a village that was being raided. You also have a sniper rifle. Not wanting to be caught off-guard, you watch through the telescopic sights on the rifle. You see a man rounding up all of the woman and children in the village and begin to rape and kill them one by one. Are you honestly telling me it is a crime to put a shot through this man's brain? This stuff happens. Are you so naive as to think that reducing the total loss of life is wrong if it means killing a man about to kill 50 people? Don't get me wrong, this isn't about choosing if you should execute him or take him captive, but whether you should kill him outside of the legal system or let innocents die. I'm a pacifist, by the way, but I accept that in emergency situations, laws are replaced by the duty and responsibility of everyone to protect everyone. EDIT: 300m is pretty far for the average TEDster. Let's say you're 100m out but really well hidden.
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Nolan Poe
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is an engineer morally responsible for harm caused by their creations?
I'd like to believe what you're saying is false, but it's true. I don't want anyone to give me permission as much as I want them to explain how they rationalize it, but that's a technicality. I'm not the first to be faced with this dilemma and I won't be the last, so it was just an appeal to those older than me for insight into this decision.
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Nolan Poe
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is an engineer morally responsible for harm caused by their creations?
I don't think that edward long is a warmonger. If you read his other comments and watch the peter van uhm talk, you might see a different side of violence and weapons. It's fallacious to say that having bigger guns is the best way to promote peace, but there are merits to having superior firepower. As van uhm, says, it's just a government monopoly on violence. Regarding the death tolls on the Japanese invasion, I agree that there are many other ways to solve the situation without so much death. What about dropping leaflets explaining the destructive power of the bomb over the cities about 2-3 days before the bomb drop. Needless to say, you would need to have fighter escorts and that might require an additional airplane for in-flight refueling of the short-range fighters, but that's a small price to pay for even a couple thousand civilians saved. Worst case, you cut the death toll in half. Nobody believes us in hiroshima, but they get the idea in nagasaki. Best case, the Japanese actually believe us and you only kill maybe 100-1000 civilians. Let's be adults here, the Japanese have a culture of pride and honor, but do you really think that what we did was necessary to convince them to surrender? Edit: I think this is off-topic. It has also been fully debated elsewhere and you can look up the points on both sides if you wish to investigate further.
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Nolan Poe
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is an engineer morally responsible for harm caused by their creations?
The comments are nested too deep for me to reply to the comments I'm going to respond to. @David Montgomery Seriously??? "the Liberal Universities"? First of all, I go to one of the most conservative universities on the planet. Second, I really do not believe you are adding to the conversation, so unless you have something free of ad hominem attacks, I would like to politely ask you to leave. As a side note, look at edward long's comments to see how to correctly argue the viewpoint in your comment without seeming condescending and unintelligent. @Avenir, I doubt very many people but the top scientists knew what was going on until they actually tested the bombs. They were extremely careful about intel leaks.
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Nolan Poe
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is an engineer morally responsible for harm caused by their creations?
I think I will contact you at some point. I've been looking at EWB ever since I graduated high school, and it would be good to ask questions to somebody who actually does it! Unrelated: Civil Engineers don't have to deal with the moral stuff as much, because you know.... Mechanical engineers build weapons, civil engineers build targets. ;)