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  • Commented on Generation Z
    Well, yes, but then, we might argue if the Dali, Liao, Jin, Western Xia, Yuan and last but not least Qing rulers were that Han Chinese either. ;) As already mentioned, seeing continuities and disruptions is somewhat in the eye...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Err, actually, I tend to differ somewhat. And it's not so much with the human rights. First of, well, IMHO some narratives of Chinese history are somewhat bent towards a) great antiquity b) stability of institutions c) lack of external...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    Religions tend to try to exclude & persecute ( & torture & kill ) their opponents. Political parties & leaders (normal ones at any rate) do none of these things. Actually, this distinction of "normal" politics is something of the...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    Personally, I'd associate rounded rooms with Waldorf schools and friendly racist and ableist Rudolf Steiner: http://www.skepticreport.com/sr/?p=480 Seems like he thought corners impeded the flow of the spirit, and no, I don't know what he was smoking at the time. So,...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Well, the usual counterargument is who's going to be waste collectors, err, "skilled worker for recycling and waste economy" http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fachkraft_für_Kreislauf-_und_Abfallwirtschaft or sewage work: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fachkraft_für_Abwassertechnik Besides the hobby potential of dumpster diving, "Sperrmüll" (literally "bulky wast", the eternal struggle of students...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Actually, talking about Marxists and "fetisches", they use the term more often than me describing the usual Warhammer 40K Dark Eldar army, but I guess they mean something different... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodity_fetishism On another note, not all Marxists were those serious cases...
  • Commented on Implications
    Actually, this kind of research into photosynthetically active radiation has been going for quite some time; German wiki has anice graphic about an early experiment on http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engelmannscher_Bakterienversuch English wiki sadly has no picture of the experiment, but an article about...
  • Commented on I'm back
    Problem is, the genetics of facial features are likely somewhat complicated, with some allels having quite prominent results (the Habsburg[1] lip comes to mind), https://www.msu.edu/course/lbs/333/fall/hapsburglip.html or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prognathism#Mandibular_prognathism_.28progenism.29 where it might not just be due to the prominent inbreeding http://oneminutehistory.blogspot.de/2011/10/royal-inbreeding-and-hapsburg-lip.html while...
  • Commented on Implications
    Welcome to the uncanny valley... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley...
  • Commented on Implications
    Err, many thanks for the flowers, to translate the German "vielen Dank für die Blumen", but I guess in this area heteromeles is the "master" in question, it has been some years since I saw a biology lab from the...
  • Commented on I'm back
    In other words, never underestimate the utility of a lawyer... ;)...
  • Commented on I'm back
    which means that if you were able to obtain good/concrete evidence of a lie, plus of this person's ability to lie through their teeth ... then you should seriously consider severing your relationship with that person. Not necessarily. Having a...
  • Commented on I'm back
    Personally, I think music and work performance have a quite complex interaction; first of, there is the phenomenon of certain kinds of music priming for certain moods, which might be important for specific tasks. Second of, there is a complex...
  • Commented on Implications
    Well, surface area is also important to gas exchange and filtration, so using some of the tricks animal use might help; an example might be some annelid worms: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canalipalpata...
  • Commented on Implications
    Actually, we might argue plants don't photosynthesize either, they are just in a symbiotic relationship with some cyanobacteria usually called "chloroplasts". ;) Endosymbiosis happened multiple times, while usual chloroplasts have a double membrane, in some cases there are four membranes...
  • Commented on Implications
    Personally, I don't think actively mobile photosynthetic organisms are not that unlikely to evolve; all you need is either a seperation of some resources, e.g. nutrient-poor surface waters and nutrients at a depth not suitable for the usual physiological transport...
  • Commented on Implications
    It migt depend somewhat on the Saudi definition of sorcery... Also note that you don't have to go to Saudi Arabia for "unenlightened" attitudes; I actually know of one guy whose teaching another was blocked by said pupil's relatives objecting...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearance: Pyrkon 2014, Poznan
    Well, my idea was to use a somewhat more official e-mail address for answering, I just didn't want to post it; and then there is this issue with having a somewhat rare surname for Germany, with all other bearers related....
  • Commented on Implications
    Personally, I find the idea chlorophylls evolved to vbenefit from the gaps in the bacteriorhodpsin absorption spectrum quite convincing, but I'd like to ad some tidbits. First of, little oxygen on an early earth means also no ozone; this would...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearance: Pyrkon 2014, Poznan
    Err, forgot to tick the reply tag for the comment above. The text was in my queue for some time, in the end I just deleted most talk about history. ;)...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearance: Pyrkon 2014, Poznan
    Strapping young lad. ;) If you don't mind, I saved the image and would like to show it to some guys into Eastern European history. A German friend is teaching Old Church Slavonic at the university here, maybe he knows...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearance: Pyrkon 2014, Poznan
    Well, these are numbers we can only dream about in Germany for a SF con, here numbers of visitors are usually in the lower hundreds; anime and RPG cons can grow somewhat bigger, though still usually staying south of 5000...
  • Commented on Implications
    Well, there are some other ways to get to magnesium, e.g. electrolysis. And magnesium is quite light, making for good armor, so given the copper some annelids use to strengthen their teeth... BTW, AFAIK magnesium or aluminium are also used...
  • Commented on Implications
    Sorry to ask, but why insist on lenses? While we might argue if Archimedes' death ray was feasable http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedes#Heat_ray we could use substances with a somewhat lower ignition temperature http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autoignition_temperature and a somewhat better weather. As for the rationale, let's...
  • Commented on Implications
    Well, conventional wisdom is the mammal-like adaptive immune systeme evolved from some aspects of the innate immune system (lysozym and like) about 500 million years ago in jawed vertebrates; that would exclude lampreys and like, though it seems even those...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Err, may I remind you of David Icke's ideas about British royalty......
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    To go somewhat off-topic; I'm not that sure about that being a sign of Putin going there deliberately. Every Middle and Eastern European country with more than 3 Russians living in some part will turn even closer to NATO. I...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Though that would make the whole thing even stranger, since somewhat after the last contact the plane turned south again for a long time. Makes some sense with the "go west to the coast line, then turn south for KL",...
  • Commented on Implications
    Actually, if the avian pneumatic respiratory system is inherited from early archosaurs (AFAIK there are some indication crocodiles had and lost a similar system), it stand to argue dinosaurs would have coped with little oxygen much better than most other...
  • Commented on Implications
    On a somewhat related note, there are also some problems with the idea the oxygen content of the atmosphere is kept low by higher incidence of fires; AFAIK the paper cited by Lovelock used wet paper, which is a debatable...
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