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Martin Eliasek
Posted over 2 years ago
Showing experiments on live animals to young kids, regardless of what kind of animal, can be considered part of an educational program?
I feel compelled to briefly reply to your points since you structured your reply so neatly. a) You think killing animals for scientific purposes is better than maiming them. I don't. b) This says nothing. c) I would. The animal being a cockroach is fundamental to my evaluation of levels of suffering. If it were a human, I would find it imbalanced, if it were a fish I would be doubtful, if it is an insect - very low suffering level. (why? e.g. insects do not have memory)
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Martin Eliasek
Posted over 2 years ago
Tyler Cowen: Be suspicious of stories
Story = a pattern in reality. Somme patterns happen more than we think, some happen less. But we should NEVER stop looking for them! That is how we LEARN. (btw: 1+1=2 is a story) The world is indeed more complex that any pattern imaginable. We have to imagine the world somehow though.
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Martin Eliasek
Posted over 2 years ago
John Bohannon: Dance vs. powerpoint, a modest proposal
This was beautifully performed nonsense. I mean, the smooth moves just "softened up" the audience, it was just another tool of persuasion with no benefit whatsoever. The speaker made some ridiculous statement from which I derive he did not actually mean it as a lecture but as a work of art. And art it was.
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Martin Eliasek
Posted almost 3 years ago
Lee Cronin: Making matter come alive
The explanation of a container: "It is like getting in a car. This is my car and I am going to drive around and show you my car. And you have a similar thing in cellular biology." I did not know cells were showing off.