This Week in Comments: November 12th—November 19th, 2017

Wow. Such comments. Much deep pondering. Witty banter and great points abounded this week. Did you make the cut? 

Another week, another sparkling selection of witticisms and bon mots from the Facebook audience. Pour another glass of brandy and sit by the fire and hunker down with this week's selection of comments. 

Why Panpsychism Fails to Solve the Mystery of Consciousness

Beverly HoschI don’t have the brain power to completely understand this. However humans are not the only conscious beings. Dogs, cats etc. display consciousness as well. In fact, I Wonder about ants, bees, and termites, and if they have a group consciousness. Electrons display particle behavior and wave behavior. We also can never know their position at a given time. Perhaps our pursuit of an explanation for consciousness must be done on an energy level as well as particulate. Am I way off base?

Andrew MerrittDepends on how one defines consciousness I suspect. After all one could argue that even a single cell has some level of consciousness as it interacts with it's environment.


North Korea Is Only a Threat if the U.S. Keeps Provoking Kim Jong-un

Arber KukajNorth Korea makes empty threats, on the other hand, the U.S actually enforces a rigid embargo on North Korea that ruins the lives of citizens in North Korea. If you want to talk about aggression, look no further than home.

The Universe’s Missing Atoms Have Finally Been Found, Scientists Announce

Chris Ryan: I was looking all over for them. 

Ronald Harder: They were behind the couch with the remote control, weren't they?

Does Quantum Physics Confirm The Occult?

David R. PhilpotThe question of whether physics confirms the occult is nonsensical in the same way that asking if an art book can confirm the laws of thermodynamics. Science cannot confirm or deny anything about a supernatural realm or how that realm operates because it deals with observable phenomenon in the natural world. If some event cannot be understood through natural processes after being studied by scientists then the only rational conclusion that can be reached is that we cannot identify the mechanism that caused the phenomenon, not that a supernatural agent was the cause. Scientific discovery is always tentative and subject to change when better evidence becomes available.


Could Your Favorite Stories Permanently Change Your Brain?

Eddie Duncan: I'll never understand why the religious always need to find a way to justify their own faith? And why does that justification always come in the form of finding fault in persons outside of their belief system? Have these people not read their own "sacred" text? And I mean in whole (front to back), not in part (a verse here or there).


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People who engage in fat-shaming tend to score high in this personality trait

A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.

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  • The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
  • The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
  • People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
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4 anti-scientific beliefs and their damaging consequences

The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.

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  • All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.
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Reigning in brutality - how one man's outrage led to the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions

The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.

Napoleon III at the Battle of Solferino. Painting by Adolphe Yvon. 1861.
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  • Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
  • Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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