Virginia Claudio

Student
Vasto, Italy

About Virginia

Languages

English, French, Italian

Areas of Expertise

nanoscience, Nanotechnology, Physics

I'm passionate about

Neuroscience, Mind, Nature, Technology, Change, Cultures, People, Self, How and Why

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Virginia Claudio
Posted almost 4 years ago
Mechai Viravaidya: How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place
@Eric: im not sure what you are asking. What i posted from wiki is just what Victor the spammer wanted us to read, and what I say is: so what? you cannot draw conclusions in just one sense from statistics, especially if one supports them with religious dogmas. It's a croocked and not honest way of reasoning and a way of dis-informing people.
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Virginia Claudio
Posted almost 4 years ago
Mechai Viravaidya: How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place
from Green's book on AIDS prevention project (wiki): "The largely medical solutions funded by major donors have had little impact in Africa, the continent hardest hit by AIDS. Instead, relatively simple, low-cost behavioral change programs--stressing increased monogamy & delayed sexual activity for young people--have made the greatest headway in fighting or preventing the disease's spread. Ugandans pioneered these simple, sustainable interventions & achieved significant results." @Victor: so what? what you state instead is "avoid condoms based on religious dogmas". How is that smart, helpful, educational in any way? I don't think any1 here is supporting promiscuity in fighting STDs. But you dis-inform or provide misleading information in order to make a point on what your moral supposes as the right thing to do. Obviously condom & behavioral programs should go hand in hand. But abstinence or, worse, do-it-without-condom-cos-that's-how-god-likes-it is not reasonable in any way.
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Virginia Claudio
Posted almost 4 years ago
Mechai Viravaidya: How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place
@Victor: stop spreading missleading information! First of all natural methods like the one you say are meant to avoid pregnancy, not sexually transmitted diseases. Second and just as important, natural methods have a very very very high chance of failure, and you know when they fail? Exactly when young people who want to try to respect a religion or a moral have sex and dont use a condom and it goes well the first few times maybe and then all the sudden an hormonal change in the woman (especially if young) screws up the cycle and she gets pregnant. Damn god, then, I guess, right? There is no need for the Church, any church, in order to learn love and compassion. Actually there is also no need for a religion for that, nor a God. But this is beside the point. The point is: stop dis-informing!
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Virginia Claudio
Posted almost 4 years ago
Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome
Well... as far as I know one can monitor neural activity quite in detail nowadays, also at the single neuron level, with special nano-needles electrodes for instance (google for IC neuron interface, or electrode neuron interface or similar). The problem would be knowing what the signaling means, just like in DNA. But in DNA little by little one is able to attribute the function to different parts of it. As for the meaning of neural connections: a thought experiment that just came to my mind (maybe silly, maybe very naive) could be to induce a piece of brain to learn a basic task in a simple environment (like the UK researchers putting a slice of mouse brain on a tiny motor with sensors, and having that piece of brain communicate with and direct the motor and learn how not to hit the walls of a box - "Robot with a rat brain" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-0eZytv6Qk&p=675E0DA77244B351&index=25&feature=BF ), and then studying the connections and try to relate them with the meaning.
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Virginia Claudio
Posted almost 5 years ago
Wade Davis: The worldwide web of belief and ritual
That's right Kyle. And concerning the kids taken away for 18 years i obviously look at it as a bad thing, due to my cultural backgroun and personal experience, but on the other hand I look at the school system in our societies and the indoctrination we get from the school and the media on certain "values" we should all share in order to cope with one another (which is hardly the case on average) in a particular system. What do we achieve with our education and with the results of it (in our work, social network etc) before death that is "better" or more nobel than what these people achieve by their means (even if it includes cocain, and afterall we smoke and drink anyways for the major part)???