This Week In Comments: Aug 7th—13th

Another week, another fine selection of comments. 

Are the Faithful More Selfish Than Atheists?


1. Joel Case Sr.: Do you know of any atheist charities soup kitchens or shelters?

2. Jaron Talotta: It can easily go both ways. The atheist has all the right, given their stance, to rape and plunder this planet as much as they want because the grave is eternal. The main religions can do the same, since Earth is nothing but a small pitstop on the way to eternal paradise. The best belief system is a form of reincarnation, that way what people do on Earth in one life will, in some small way at least, affect them in their next. Perhaps a very primal symbolic form of this could replace both modern day secularism and religion.

Why Very Smart People Are Happiest Alone


1. Pauline Lin: It's mostly because they don't need to consume their energy on idiots that sweat over petty trivial matters. To deal with people with no common sense or intelligence of any sorts is the most stressful.

Another fact is that most intelligent people are introverts, or luckier, ambiverts. They need solitudes regularly to reflect and recharge.

2. Shawn Bennett: Yes and no...it's completely dependant on the individual. While yes an intelligent person does see more of how the world works. We do crave intellectual stimuli from others. Which can be infuriating and depressing when we cannot find it. While I often revel in my solitude I also would love some good conversation over a few brews. Life can be lonely as an intellectual.

Do You Know Your Conflict Triggers?

Eapen Thomas: I follow a very simple method , I cut off anything negative from my mind and from what others say. I encourage constructive criticism and healthy discussions.

Being Busy Is Killing Our Ability to Think Creatively


Rosiar Nhoj: I took a few weeks off of work because of an injury. I started to learn piano, and did my first bit of writing in many years. I'd rather be broke than working 70+ hours per week just to have a better piss pot.

Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom on Diet

Craig Flanadu: Carbs and sugar are the culprit. I started a keto diet a few months back and I'm down 25+ lbs. It might not work for everyone but it definitely works for me. I was concerned about cholesterol from a higher fat diet (I eat a lot of bacon, etc) but on my last checkup my cholesterol levels were as low as they've ever been.

China’s artificial sun reaches fusion temperature: 100 million degrees

In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.

Credit: EAST Team
Surprising Science
  • The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
  • Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
  • Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
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Project 100,000: The Vietnam War's cruel and deadly experiment

Military recruits are supposed to be assessed to see whether they're fit for service. What happens when they're not?

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
  • The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.
  • Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War.
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Here's how diverse the 116th Congress is set to become

The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
  • In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
  • Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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