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Forum: Honestly I can't think of a good title
Burning bird
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I pray that blessings come onto your family in these times of distress and that little Frankie is safe and grows up happy.

I've said it before on Fig Hunter but keep your brother's love in your heart and perhaps meditate on it like Brock said. Love is not meant to be just saccharine and beautiful. There's a very painful side to it like thorns on a rose. But in the end, it has a real power and use that power to follow through in your life. If you can understand it well enough, you could even try to teach Frankie. I hope that his mother understands your brother's love or is at least stirred up by the tragedy to be a better parent.

I think Brock is also right in saying that you should take a break if you can. Sometimes, distractions can only take so much pain away and when things come rushing all at once and you haven't dealt with it properly, things can go sour. So whenever you have the luxury, take the time to blow off the steam and tears together as a family. Hopefully your hearts will be at ease after that and you will be able to take care of the next generation.

Forum: An interesting story I found
Burning bird
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Well, I may have implied the soul but in my beliefs, I can still conceptually separate the biology from the soul itself.

What I'm really saying is that I doubt it's entirely feasible to recreate the biology of the brain using mechanical inventions as 'primitive' as leaflets and air. I can vouch that we still have little idea how these cells actually work and there is a high degree of complexity that in my view would be quite difficult to convert into pure mechanistic processes. You may think otherwise but from my experience of biology, I've learnt that it's not a good idea to underestimate these cells of today and to me, reducing processes as complex as consciousness into mechanical parts feels like a fairly substantial underestimation of biology which makes me uneasy when people do it in fiction and frustrated when done in real life.

I guess my view is that living cells aren't just ultracomplex energy consuming machines with neat functions developed over years of evolution. As I've said before, there seems to be a "deeper" mystery to them that we can only hope to crack open and it doesn't even seem like my idea of the soul as a religious person; i.e. the mystery seems more biological than spiritual in nature. I think my problem with the robots is that despite all their mechanisms in place to simulate life, I can't bring myself to acknowledge that they are 'living' 'mechanical organisms' because of the simple fact that they don't seem to possess cells.

Even I think I might be a lunatic for thinking that way! Of what I've glimpsed in biological research, I've learnt that it is not really us who are discovering things; rather, it is the cells that are teaching us. From that perspective, I hope you understand why I hold biological systems so highly.

But it is a science-fiction piece after all, so I can at least take the brunt off and turn on my fantasy goggles.
Forum: An interesting story I found
Burning bird
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You're right he did mention it but he didn't 'dare voice it' and yet could obtain his resources. Maybe it's a freer society which would be convenient for his scientific progress :p

By information world, I mean in the sense that those robots could be 'conscious' via *spoilers* gold leaflets and patterning in tubes. *spoilers*

I don't know, I just feel that that kind of assumption is the biggest thing that irked me in this story. It's sort of like the author is basing his story on a limited idea of how consciousness works, like some sort of information process that could easily be measured etc. Kind of like a scientist's wet dream lol.
It's sort of brushed upon that this is a fact in that world but it was kinda hard for me to swallow. But in any case, that didn't detract too much from the point of the story.
Forum: An interesting story I found
Burning bird
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As a biologist (or at least, from a biology student's perspective), there was quite a lot of "suspension of disbelief" on my part but all in all, it was a nice story.
You could also tell that it is fiction since he mentioned his hypothesis about the mechanical fatigue only after he's done his experiments. This is a huge contrast to real life as you wouldn't be allowed resources to complete the experiment without making a whole caucus about how it would be useful. Or at least, that's how it goes in standard medical research :p

I find it interesting how our current scientific perspective can look like when extended in this kind of fictional setting. Is the mind really just information stored in the brain? Can particular emotions be activated by sending some kind of digital code to the brain? Personally, I don't believe our consciousness is strictly in the information world. If it is, then I kind of wish that there was something more to it because having no mystery is kinda boring to be honest.
Forum: WHAT'D YOU DO OVER FIG BREAK, CLASS?
Burning bird
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Let's see, I got to have 2 tests, 3 oral presentations and about 5 lab reports. Plus a few long-term projects, a new pretty pretty IKEA wardrobe and a couple all-nighters working my butt off. Fun stuff.
Forum: dog church
Burning bird
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I am inclined to disagree with this. Most animals certainly may not be able to communicate in the most effective and complex way that humans have come to specialise into. But they can certainly communicate in complex and effective ways between each other within their respective species.

I don't know if animals consider their peers as "persons" as per human understanding. Heck, if you take ants for example, it seems that for some animals, the individual's "personality" is even more heightened, in a sense, as they are a collective and have specific roles rather than individuals fending for themselves if that makes sense.

I agree that humans need to learn to cooperate with animals since our livelihood depends a lot on them. They can certainly have greater wisdom than us in a lot of aspects; research is being done to replicate many biological products for example. But are they equal to us, inferior to us or possess greater ability to understand us? Well, we may never know. I prefer to consider them as belonging to leagues of their own.

For the topic itself, the heck do I know lol. They probably won't ever understand why they're being brought to church due to fundamental differences in communicative ability. Unless there are dog preachers, then it's up to them not the pet owners. Woof.
Forum: Hohum...musics? Yes...
Burning bird
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∞ YouTube ∞

My feet got the jitters
Forum: Music War Poll
Burning bird
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I'll be free most times on Fridays (Aussie time GMT+10) for the next 4 or so months. The rest of the days, I guess I'll have to check out the European crowd if they start early.
Forum: All This Gender Stuff is BS
Burning bird
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Good on you, man!

I don't get why or how people have so much time on their hands to talk so much about what type of people they want to put their dingus into/ want their dingus put into them/ whether they want their dingus rare or medium-rare and so on.

You're like this, so love yourself and just shut up and live with it! I do understand if they are being oppressed and want to voice out but there should be a limit to everything. There's enough sexuality in the world already so give yourself a break, you know. Doesn't matter if you are religious or not, too much sex and too much talking about it eventually takes it toll on you.

The only genuine purpose I could see this info being used is if you go to doctors or lawyers. But for your friends, family and people around you, it might cause a bit of hurt to them if you go overboard. Please take care of yourself and of people around you, that's all I can ask.

Forum: More psychology mumbo-jumbo
Burning bird
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It is true that the variable in the experiment is, well, mostly psychological and that the aim was to find a neurological/physiological connection with it.
However, I do believe that their diets could effectively distort the results as their observations were based on the growth of that organ. I suppose my point is that food is a crucial point in growth as the process of growth is very resource intensive as you can expect.

When talking about growth, food seems like quite an important factor. Say one of the subjects were fasting that day whilst another overate, I would predict that the one who overate has more nutrients in his body and is more likely to grow, irrespective of any other factors.

The experiment in general seems to have too many confounding factors to consider. One way to eliminate the factor of food at the very least make the subjects follow a set diet for a period of time before the testing is done.

I totally agree with you! I'm just more annoyed at it since I've grown a passion for medical science!