This Week In Comments: Aug 20th—27th, 2017

Another week, another selection of the wittiest and most chin-strokingly interesting comments from our Facebook audience. 

And away we go...  


Richard Dawkins: No, Not All Opinions Are Equal—We Need Elites with Expert Knowledge

 

Comment Of The Week — Nick Armin: I agree that we want elite people to perform tasks of great importance. Buuuut, we shouldn't continue along with a society that prefers classism and only benefits an exclusive few. 
Currently we are in a time when plutocrats rule because they found a way to consolidate power from our supposed democracies. I think a better way to term the thing Dawkins supports is a 'technocracy' which is a society that places specialized individuals into positions of leadership. 
But I think we can do better than that. We can develop a direct democracy (with proportional representation in the legislature) that takes its cues and gives deference to and from an erudite class. 

This is not to say erudite people, such as physicians, physicists and educators would be a new elite class, but they would be respected and have the floor in public discussions, rather than elitists in the business sector or politicians who rely on rhetoric and propaganda to disseminate their agenda to the public. 

The term elitism today is specifically aimed at the CEOs and politicians that support multinational corporations and the disparity in wealth and socioeconomic classes in the global economy. This distinction needs to be drawn before we use the term 'elitist'.

Jeff Garlin: Political Correctness Can't Beat Having Good Taste

Cara Ramsey: Substitute the phrase "being polite to other human beings" every time you want to piss on "political correctness". "I don't like political correctness" really means "I don't like being polite to other human beings". "Political correctness stifles free speech" really means "Being polite to other human beings stifles free speech". "People have a right to ignore political correctness" really means "People have a right to ignore being polite to other human beings".
It's not hard to understand what "poltiical correctness" is when you strip it of right wing fascist attempts to "frame" it negatively and instead realize it's about human beings.

Google's AI Learns Betrayal and "Aggressive" Actions Pay Off

Michael D. Melecio: They were highly aggressive when forced into a position that made aggression necessary and they were cooperative when that was necessary. They set the parameters of the test to determine the most logical outcome of a very basic test. Stop making this sound like a bad thing.

(Good point! - Editor) 

Why People Want to Get Rid of Confederate Statues, as Explained by Plato

Michael Barreto: They're an open symbol of bigotry and glorify those that fought to keep an entire race of people enslaved for the gain of an elite few... Is this really that fuckin hard to grasp?

And with the entirely opposite but equally valid opinion... 

Richard E. Parisi: Polls are showing that most Americans don't want to tear down historic public art work. This is really just political correctness being taken too far. Besides, tearing statues down is not going to impact on anyone's rights or anyone's ability to earn a living or gain an education or be safe in their daily routine. 

Memes 101: How Cultural Evolution Works

Wesley Hovis: Trump won despite all conventional projections because of meme magic. The left needs to drastically step up its meme game if we're going to save humanity.

Juka Lukkari: The Left can't meme. 

Setting a maximum wage for CEOs would be good for everyone

Could this be the long-awaited solution to economic inequality?

Apple CEO Tim Cook looks on during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on September 12, 2017 in Cupertino, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Under capitalism, the argument goes, it's every man for himself. Through the relentless pursuit of self-interest, everyone benefits, as if an invisible hand were guiding each of us toward the common good. Everyone should accordingly try to get as much as they can, not only for their goods but also for their labour. Whatever the market price is is, in turn, what the buyer should pay. Just like the idea that there should be a minimum wage, the idea that there should be a maximum wage seems to undermine the very freedom that the free market is supposed to guarantee.

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How humans evolved to live in the cold

Humans evolved to live in the cold through a number of environmental and genetic factors.

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  • According to some relatively new research, many of our early human cousins preceded Homo sapien migrations north by hundreds of thousands or even millions of years.
  • Cross-breeding with other ancient hominids gave some subsets of human population the genes to contend and thrive in colder and harsher climates.
  • Behavioral and dietary changes also helped humans adapt to cold climates.
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Drill, Baby, Drill: What will we look for when we mine on Mars?

It's unlikely that there's anything on the planet that is worth the cost of shipping it back

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  • In the second season of National Geographic Channel's MARS (premiering tonight, 11/12/18,) privatized miners on the red planet clash with a colony of international scientists
  • Privatized mining on both Mars and the Moon is likely to occur in the next century
  • The cost of returning mined materials from Space to the Earth will probably be too high to create a self-sustaining industry, but the resources may have other uses at their origin points
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