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MSpencer

Member Since 17 Aug 2003
Offline Last Active Apr 23 2009 10:23 AM

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In Topic: Just 'cause we're that hardcore.

08 November 2008 - 07:38 PM

Excellent. Another achievement for human rights across the world. I wonder how many transgenders have been elected in recent times? I have a feeling Canada has had a few transgendered provincial MPs over the years but I'm not sure.

In Topic: Good day, dear old chaps!

08 November 2008 - 07:33 PM

Good show old bean! Though I must say, I always thought that
Great Britain = England, Wales & Scotland
United Kingdom = England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland.
Look at the passport front cover and that's where I got it from.

The only place in the UK where they've actually figured out what Northern Ireland is...

Thought I'd just pop in for a quick troll.

In Topic: why do we think death is bad?

07 November 2008 - 10:02 AM

I'm going to take this from a very simple perspective. That of simple ethology.
1. The object of life, devoid of any philosophical perspective of "meaning," by biological definition, is simply to survive in ecological terms and to pass on the organism's contained genes to the next population. This is supported by an intense developed survival instinct which has evolved as a simple consequence of the main objective of the eukaryotic sexual organism. Support for this model can be found in one of the simplest models in behavioral ecology: Hamiltonian kin selection, by which an estimated coefficient of relatedness dictates the probability of an organism to act to preserve a certain proportion of their genes to be passed on to the next generation.
2. To that end, the genetic basis of the will to survive is quite robust, possibly immune to external environmental effects. It is observed as an unlearned behavior in essentially all eukaryotic sexual organisms, suggesting an evolutionary history far in the past, almost certainly originally as a countermeasure against predation.
3. As a result of this robust history, there is a definite pressure for each organism to reproduce widely and as completely as possible. To that end, even with the recent development of a menstrual cycle, the desire for the continuation of life for the purposes of reproduction continues until death.

This is of course a tremendously simple, unresearched model that could potentially be further investigated, but I think it provides a reasonable outline for a potential genetic basis of the will to survive. Of particular note is that the will to survive post-reproduction is significantly reduced in Arthropoda, and extensive problems in the implementation of this simplified model could be encountered in application to Insecta due to the significant role of differentiated behaviors in social species of insects.

In Topic: Obama Wins!

07 November 2008 - 09:39 AM

yes, it will be wonderful to have a historical figure in our culture be shot in the head, have our country go through with our highest official in the land dead, and 2 young children without their father. Yes, absolutely fucking amazing.

subhuman barbaric mongrel Palestinians who do nothing but shoot rockets into your beloved country.

That's not snappy enough, it needs to be a single word, it makes it a lot easier to be a bigot when you don't need lots of words. I think you could go with untermenschen, that's not being used for anything at the moment.

Neonazis would argue that it would refer to the Judenrat and the Soviet dogs, but certainly Kacen knows that.

On another note, Obama winning = yay. Midterms have ended, so I'll be making a few posts about the transition period (Which although promised to be smooth, will be more reminiscent of a volcanic eruption).

And out of curiosity, has anyone noticed that Kacen has gotten particularly more angry, racist, and virulent over the last few months? He's gone from being a moderate idiot to a foaming, frothing neofascist thug. It's hilarious.

In Topic: The Great Global Warming Swindle

08 October 2008 - 09:16 AM

I saw a bit. My principle remains the same; give me legitimate scientific papers and you can validate your position. I could give you thousands of papers to the contrary.