This Week in Comments: October 8th—October 15th, 2017

Another week, another fine selection of witty and wonderful comments from our Facebook page. Did you make the cut? 


This New Weapon from North Korea Could Kill Up to 90% of Americans

Nicholas Millner: It is hard to know what capabilities North Korea actually has because they are so isolated from the rest of the world. I think underestimating them is stupid but not as stupid as a "leader" of the "free world" provoking an attack from them so he can show his strength by killing millions of North Koreans. I'm not sure there is much difference between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un with regards to personality.

Why Netflix Has Never Envied the Success of Google or Facebook

Raymond Stewart: This is the correct ethos of Capitalism. Service for pay, not exploiting the experience of a captured audience to sell something that doesn't belong to you... That is Pimping. And Pimping is what is wrong with Capitalism today, because pimps are beholden to none.

Shawn Choi: The tension of serving two masters is at the heart of many tech & media companies' challenges. Look at Facebook continually trying to justify accepting Russian money when it was a successful tool of cyber warfare.


Neuroscience Confirms Your Subconscious Shapes Your Reality

Bruce Holland: Perception is everything. We may assign some value to a lump of mater or material that is in fact no different in value to any other lump of material except that we assign value to it as an object and make use of it in what we perceive as reality. A chair is only a configuration of matter but it is given value because we perceive it to be a chair and assign it value. A chair is a human idea that we have externalized into the material world. Lets say your in a sitting position hurling down a road at relative high speed inside a human construct configured from materials extracted from the environment. You see a red light so you stop your vehicle. The light turns green so you manipulate the construct to proceed with its forward motion. Nothing here is really real, its all human perception created by human consciousness. The idea of who you are and the culture you live in, the world you live in and everything that you believe is a creation of your own mind and what you believe the world around you to be like.

The Universal Basic Income: Why Finland Is Giving Away Free Money

Ken FarenickEvery one should have the basic needs met. It would lift humanity to new heights. Think of all the art music and science that would be gained from the time used working just to survive. (Edited slightly - Ed.) 


Scientists Built a Power Generator for Use Inside the Human Body

Knut Mikael HaukelandWho the fuck wants his phone hooked up to his HEART?! "Here's the new iStroke 7... 

Atheists Are Nicer to Christians Than Christians Are to Atheists, Says New Study

Laurie Han-Horton: It's not because we are trying to compensate. We are just more rational and therefore nice for the sake of being nice to our fellow humans beccause we don't need a "reward".

Melisa Kaufmann Penta: I can't for the life of me remember what book it was, but in high school we read a book, the forward of which said, "God created man, and man being a gentleman, returned the favor." I always thought that was brilliant.

3D printing might save your life one day. It's transforming medicine and health care.

What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.

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Sponsored by Northwell Health
  • Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
  • Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
  • Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
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Beyond Meat announces plan to sell ‘ground beef’ in stores. Shares skyrocket.

Beyond Beef sizzles and marbleizes just like real beef, Beyond Meat says.

Culture & Religion
  • Shares of Beyond Meat opened at around $200 on Tuesday morning, falling to nearly $170 by the afternoon.
  • Wall Street analysts remain wary of the stock, which has been on a massive hot streak since its IPO in May.
  • Beyond Meat faces competition from Impossible Foods and, as of this week, Tyson.
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Thumbs up? Map shows Europe’s hitchhiking landscape

Average waiting time for hitchhikers in Ireland: Less than 30 minutes. In southern Spain: More than 90 minutes.

Image: Abel Suyok
Strange Maps
  • A popular means of transportation from the 1920s to the 1980s, hitchhiking has since fallen in disrepute.
  • However, as this map shows, thumbing a ride still occupies a thriving niche – if at great geographic variance.
  • In some countries and areas, you'll be off the street in no time. In other places, it's much harder to thumb your way from A to B.
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Can you guess which state has the most psychopaths?

A recent study used data from the Big Five personality to estimate psychopathy prevalence in the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C.

Surprising Science
  • The study estimated psychopathy prevalence by looking at the prevalence of certain traits in the Big Five model of personality.
  • The District of Columbia had the highest prevalence of psychopathy, compared to other areas.
  • The authors cautioned that their measurements were indirect, and that psychopathy in general is difficult to define precisely.
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