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stuart hoffman
Posted 2 months ago
David Puttnam: Does the media have a "duty of care"?
Cause and effect might actually be a reverse of what you describe, in that media is bribed by its listeners to create the misinformation they heard. People are free to listen to either side of a topic. Their choice has the effect of bribing the media outlet to present that piece of misinformation, either directly with subscription fees or indirectly with advertisement views. The only major source of information that is not subject to a voluntary choice by its listener, that I can think of, is the info going from State sanctioned educators into the ears of minors.
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stuart hoffman
Posted 4 months ago
Paul Piff: Does money make you mean?
People share as well as horde in order to receive positive emotional rewards and avoid negative feelings of guilt or regret, so the stingy and the generous are both responding to whatever innate internal programming tickles their reward/pain centers. I wonder if making rich people feel guilty in order to get their money is less effective than giving them some positive emotional reward for sharing? I suspect not.
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stuart hoffman
Posted 4 months ago
Toni Griffin: A new vision for rebuilding Detroit
Well if people didn't want to live in a gated neighborhood with tight rules then nobody would force them, there is plenty of room to have a few gated and controlled neighborhoods for the people that would want them and I'm sure there would still be more than enough un-gated and uncontrolled areas for everyone else that wants to continue living status-quo.
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stuart hoffman
Posted 4 months ago
Toni Griffin: A new vision for rebuilding Detroit
I wonder if Detroit could reduce its Wild-West atmosphere and start fresh by splitting off into a few new jurisdictions each with tight, unalterable, constitution-like, legal controls over its local political leadership in order to fiscally protect the city from itself, in exchange the nation would then bail out the city's deficit, thus giving it a free economic do-over. Then foster its economic re-develop by razing several neighborhood sized islands of land that are then designated (zoned) as gated communities having tightly controlling homeowner association regulations in order to stabilize the livability, character and value of the investments in these new neighborhoods.
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stuart hoffman
Posted 7 months ago
James Flynn: Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents'
Kids do seem smarter on average, even in just a generations or two. Genetics can't make a big difference that fast. It must be because of things like early brain stimulation from modern media, longer and earlier education, early socialization of children of working mothers who are forced into child care, a reduction in environmental lead contamination, and a bunch of other such things.
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stuart hoffman
Posted 7 months ago
Andras Forgacs: Leather and meat without killing animals
Animals yield roughly 50% meat and roughly 50% other byproducts, but everything is utilized. A cow is a self contained microbial synthesis factory. It loses nutrients to things like excrement, calories used for heating, calories used for muscle contractions while collecting the nutrients. A factory could utilize fossil energy for its heating and nutrient collecting which would give it an advantage over the cow however I doubt that the processes which are used convert nutrients into a form where they are able to be absorbed by living animal cells living in a petri dish is any more waste free that the processes animal have evolved. I may be wrong, but without more detailed info I am a little skeptical that cell culture will save the planet, I do think there are a lot of other good reasons for culturing animal tissues such as innovative improved new products, I'm just not sold on the Al Gore aspects of it.