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Frank Bierbrauer
Posted 11 months ago
Evolution: "just a theory". Scientific caution is sometimes confusing.
It remains a theory, but not "just" a theory. Its success has been great with a vast amount of evidence to its credit. Hoever, it has also been overused in fields where it does not belong and its practitioners have found ways of adapting the theory to be able to survive even when evidence stands against it. A similar thing happened with the old theory where the earth was at the centre of the universe.
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Frank Bierbrauer
Posted 11 months ago
Can using an introduced animal to control another animal actually work on a large scale?
This has happened many times, the cane toad in Australia is just one such case, the introduction of rabbits in the early 1900's in Australia was another. They multiplied to the millions and were only stopped by introducing mixametosis, the disease specific to rabbits which wiped out the population to managable levels. In that case two introductions worked to cancel each. This worked because the disease was so specific. It failed with the cane toads because they could not be eaten ny predators (they are poisonous), had a vast area to expand into so food was not lacking and lastly they chose to eat food which was easier to obtain than the beetle they were sent to destroy. This happens when people think in a piecewise fashion so that they forget about the environmental interactions that constantly take place. To succeed you need in depth research and trials over maybe several years to be sure of what will happen and even then you could have missed something. This is the main weakness with GM food, the environmental effect of which has not been thoroughly studied.
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Frank Bierbrauer
Posted 11 months ago
The source of morality
Why is it not possible that morality is ingrained in human beings without ever needing to say anything about a divine cause? Acting morally comes from a feeling of it, it acts in you, if it is a choice then it is not a moral act. So, moral action is a part of the inner being of the person not an external imposition. Morality cannot be imposed from the oyside whether this is religious or political or anything else. However, if it arises because of a spiritual event then it comes from an inner experience and can change a life.
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Frank Bierbrauer
Posted 11 months ago
The Modern View on Marriage and Divorce- Single Parenting or Staying Together for the Kids?
Not an easy question. In some cases two people stay married for the sake of the kids but if this becomes so abrasive that the children suffer then it becomes self defeating. But, in other cases it is the right thing to do. In other cases the persistent marriage dies a horrible slow death where little remains between the two parents other than habit. This destroys the two lives of the parents while allowing the children to blossom, in that sense it requires self sacrifice. It denies a new life of potential love to those parents. Now, is it true to say that a single parent family misses out on something? In some way yes, there is one parent with much more stress and pressure on them and less time for the parent to find love for themselves. This is compensated to some degree by the love of the children and the joy in being a parent. However, it is hard on that one parent and the child misses out on a gender role model, a father or a mother. This will be missed and effects lives for a long time including potential relationships of the single parent children themselves.
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Frank Bierbrauer
Posted 11 months ago
Do you think we meet the people in our lives for a specific reason or is it all random?
I do not believe that life is accidental. The universe is an unfolding whole so that everything which appears separate is in fact closely related, even when we cannot see this link. In that case things happen through the introduction of opportunities to change your life at any time. While these opportunities only exist for a short time, you can, if you are aware of them, take them or leave them. While these exact opportunities do not return new ones replace them. What we say when we see such a link, e.g. a person we meet that influences our lives, is that there is reason for meeting them. This word reason has a usage which usually links separate events, when such events occur as part of a whole then reason may be the wrong word to use.
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Frank Bierbrauer
Posted 11 months ago
Is success related to your talent? Is talent related to your interests?
A difficult one this. There are many people with great talent who never discover them in their lifetime for whatever reason. Then there are talents which the person does not wish to follow because of moral concerns, e.g. a person who is very good at killing but does not want to pursue a career as an assassin because it is wrong. Then there are talents which are not appreciated by the person who possesses it, he/she instead wishes to be good at something else. Success can be related to talent but is not the only factor or even the main one at times. Some people are exceptionally talented at say art but only do it for self fulfillment and don't wish to sell it as they feel this is a betrayal of the art. On the other hand some just need a bit of luck or to know the right people at the right time. Example, a talented American blues singer who had never had commercial success and was now in his late 50's. A record producer was on the phone in his apartment and said he hears some good music, outside busking, was that singer, the producer asks him to make a record and he said he couldn't he was busy earning money. But he did make that record and then a couple of years later died. He had missed out all those years till near the end. There are people also who are very successful but have little talent, this is related to those you know and less to your ability.
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Frank Bierbrauer
Posted 11 months ago
Do you think that obliging students to learn some subject by heart will make them successful students ?
This happens commonly in many different subjects including poetry, chemistry, biology, medicine etc. This is not necessarily a bad thing, in some cases these things have to be known, e.g. a chemsit should know at what temperature and what catalyst is required to produce an organic compound, a doctor must know what certain symptoms imply and so on. Howver, the problem comes when this philosophy is imposed everywhere and the concept of education becomes fixated in this form of learning. By this form of learning I also include a tendency to get students to reply via standard, expected replies without any inherent creativity. This approach will sink education and produce robots without any kind of innovation or ability to adjust to the new as is required in industry or business. This way of learning has its place but a limited place.
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Frank Bierbrauer
Posted 11 months ago
What would your Utopia be?
If utopia is a place which is so-called ideal in some way then no this is not utopia. An ideal is something which creates separation, creates boundaries, what is right and what is wrong in some given ideal. This gives rise to a fixed state of affairs which cannot last because it cannot adapt to the new.
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Frank Bierbrauer
Posted 11 months ago
Time's Flow - Is Past-Present-Future notion of time an illusion?
Maybe, the question has to do with change, I mean whether real change exists meaning change which is truly novel and not just a rearrangements of distinct, pre-existing parts. Another question is, how does time flow, how can it if it is not just present but already past at the same time (so to speak). In order for time to become the past it must be that the present is immediately the past so that the past and present is intimately connected even though the past is not present. I do not believe that all of space-time is all laid out, this is an aspect of the old classical way of thought as completed in general relativity. We can see right away that the world must always be different and can never repeat exactly by the fact that we possess memory which knows the "difference".