Re: Is American support for Israel waning?
Even tho I am a Jew, I am outraged that Israelis continue to settle in the West Bank. It just makes no sense. It also raises serious questions about whether USA diplomats are at all competent or even alive. Many of the settlers are fanatics from Brooklyn with little knowledge of Judaism beyond some kind of medieval "shluggen kappores" mentality.
Sooner or later, it will dawn on many Americans that Israelis can't just move onto the West Bank. When they do that, the world stands dumbstruck that the whole thing is a weird mess. Americans, including Jews, can't understand the settlements and see them as disregard for world opinion. Where can the settlements lead? Of course, solving the settlements is merely step number one towards minimal rational progress.
Research in plant neurobiology shows that plants have senses, intelligence and emotions.
- The field of plant neurobiology studies the complex behavior of plants.
- Plants were found to have 15-20 senses, including many like humans.
- Some argue that plants may have awareness and intelligence, while detractors persist.
Most people think human extinction would be bad. These people aren't philosophers.
- A new opinion piece in The New York Times argues that humanity is so horrible to other forms of life that our extinction wouldn't be all that bad, morally speaking.
- The author, Dr. Todd May, is a philosopher who is known for advising the writers of The Good Place.
- The idea of human extinction is a big one, with lots of disagreement on its moral value.
Since the idea of locality is dead, space itself may not be an aloof vacuum: Something welds things together, even at great distances.
- Realists believe that there is an exactly understandable way the world is — one that describes processes independent of our intervention. Anti-realists, however, believe realism is too ambitious — too hard. They believe we pragmatically describe our interactions with nature — not truths that are independent of us.
- In nature, properties of Particle B may depend on what we choose to measure or manipulate with Particle A, even at great distances.
- In quantum mechanics, there is no explanation for this. "It just comes out that way," says Smolin. Realists struggle with this because it would imply certain things can travel faster than light, which still seems improbable.