Posts by BenWilson

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  • Southerly: The Problem With Religion,

    I'm not sure if the "religious unbelief" thing is really confined to religion/atheism. Christianity has such deep roots in European countries and colonies that we don't really notice that almost all of our way of seeing the world is heavily colored by it. The proselytizing urge extends to wanting to change the way other people see everything. I think monotheism is also symptomatic of a tendency to think in extremes. Which can be extremely bad, but it can also be extremely good. Some truths can only be found that way.

    Christianity is a pretty damned arrogant idea, that there is only one God, and that we know Him and have favor with Him. Having been trained to that, it could easily lead to the kind of cockiness that perhaps Truth might even be discoverable. I don't think it's a coincidence that Science's cradle was in such an environment. It's the rebellious child of religion, and it surpasses the parent, but it's still from the same bloodline.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9290 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Catching up with the future…,

    I prefer to think of it as a bat-cave.

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  • Hard News: Catching up with the future…,

    It's probably the most self contained office of anyone I know. Fridge, kettle, water cooler, cupboard full of tools, alcohol, library, exercise equipment, bikes, some weaponry, even a boat. I've got a hammock, but I decided not to set it up, it could be just a little toooo tempting. My wife was also not amused at the idea ;-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9290 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Climate science and the media,

    Hi Ben, you mean solutions such as this one?

    Precisely. I went to that mill a number of times - my brother worked there. Went I asked why they didn't use the rail he shrugged. "I know. It's RIGHT THERE".

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  • Hard News: Catching up with the future…,

    I've never seen that, but it makes sense.

    Mostly, it's there because I often work with someone at my side. But since it's there, I have got into the habit of using it. It does give your dominant hand a rest, particularly if all you're doing is scrolling through something you're reading. Useful if I'm eating with a fork or a spoon too.

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  • Cracker: About a Boy,

    Footrot Flats: The Movie was a comedy? I found it mostly melancholy. The comic strip was certainly funny at times, but I don't think it translated to film so well. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't really that funny.

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  • Southerly: The Problem With Religion,

    Jesus that's a depressing story, Ben.

    It's kind of got a happy ending, though? It's amazing what people can rise above. I think her family saw some of the error of their ways too, in the end.

    Now she provides blissful relief to thousands of people in pain - she became an anesthetist. Ironic, given the JW horror of needles.

    As often as religious belief causes people to act selflessly and for the good of others, it seems to provide an excuse for other people to indulge their nastiest impulses.

    Hard to be sure if its "as often". But it seems all the more hypocritical when it's done by people who exalt their morality.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 9290 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Catching up with the future…,

    Sorry, I thought knew most geeky stuff, but what's a double mouse?

    It's having two mice. So I don't have to keep swapping them round when I want to use my right hand for, say, writing or drawing on paper, or operating the numeric keypad, or holding the phone. It's especially handy when I'm working with someone else, I don't have to keep handing them the mouse.

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  • Hard News: Climate science and the media,

    That's why I would shy away from trying to pick success. Instead I would focus on picking quality of science. All the while being aware that high quality science is also high risk and hence will often fail.

    Totally. It's high risk, high return stuff. So long as there's investment in enough different things, the overall return should remain high, but the risk drops.

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  • Cracker: About a Boy,

    NZ has an equally bad record of shit comedy throughout the same period.

    Yes, but not much of a record on good comedy. It's a pity, a lack, which seems to be slowly changing. One of the best things about Outrageous Fortune is the humour. Oh, and the rude sex.

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