This Week In Comments: July 2nd—9th

Every week one of our brave editors scours the comment section for gems. Did you make the cut? 

Every week, one of our brave editors scours the Facebook and Twitter feed for comment gems. There were some great ones this week, but here's our top 5 favorite. Enjoy! 

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In a nut shell, be like a child, so as to be able to learn more, but don't be childish. Learning should be life-long and life-wide, so as to garner the gems of genius from the varied experience.

Say Keng Lee, on Was Confucius a Genius

Genetic diversification within a species is key to survival. Allowing us to modify the genetics within our species will inevitably lead to unified predispositions to single strands of pathogens. Where a particular virus might wipe out 10% of a given species with broad differences in their genetic makeup, the same virus could potentially wipe out the entire species with identical genetics. We should have learned this with corn, but apparently not. Technology such as this should be limited to warding off eminent diseases but not needless tweaks for vanity. If it can't be monitored and controlled, then it should be shelved until it can be. But, as they say, the genie is out. Viva la difference!

Dave Nuskey, on Jennifer Doudna's CRISPR video

It's a stupid law. If a willing seller can find a willing buyer then what is the problem? Make it legal, regulated, taxed and safe for all.

Suzanne Moore, on Should Prostitution Be Legal For Disabled People

This espouses civility, and concern that one isn't always one hundred percent right, that other's have validity in their experience and viewpoint also. Something that has long been missing in discourse today. Impassioned debate, without hostility, is needed to find truth, to reach reasoned compromises that serve the greatest good. Great thinker, for certain.

Glenda Rodgers, on One Speech by This 90s Literary Giant Holds the Key to Ending Polarization in America.

Isn't your cell phone already an extended version of our brains? It can answer any question, find any formula or recipe, play my favorite songs and movies, capture images and videos, help me communicate, and it's all in my pocket. Why adapt my biological body with tech that will be outdated pretty quickly?

Michael LaLima, on A New Implant Is Being Developed for Storing Human Memory.

Scientists claim the Bible is written in code that predicts future events

The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.

Michael Drosnin
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  • Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
  • The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
  • Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
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How to vaccinate the world’s most vulnerable? Build global partnerships.

Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.

Susan Silbermann, Global President of Pfizer Vaccines, looks on as a health care worker administers a vaccine in Rwanda. Photo: Courtesy of Pfizer.
  • Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
  • Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
  • Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
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Orangutans exhibit awareness of the past

Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club

(Eugene Sim/Shutterstock)
Surprising Science
  • Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
  • It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
  • This ability may come from a common ancestor
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