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 Why adapt my biological body with tech that will be outdated pretty quickly?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.

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

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10 books to check out from Jordan Peterson's 'Great Books' list

The Canadian professor has an extensive collection posted on his site.

Jordan Peterson with Carl Jung and the cover art of Jaak Panksepp's 'Affective Neuroscience' (Image: Chris Williamson/Getty Images/Big Think)
Personal Growth
  • Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky.
  • Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis.
  • Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).
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Your body’s full of stuff you no longer need. Here's a list.

Evolution doesn't clean up after itself very well.

Image source: Ernst Haeckel
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  • An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.
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Should you invest in China's stock market? Know this one thing first.

Despite incredible economic growth, it is not necessarily an investor's paradise.

  • China's stock market is just 27 years old. It's economy has grown 30x over that time.
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