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"Relativism is the view that all truths are relative" Enough said, thank you. I have no idea why people waste time inventing conundrums or discussing the bloody obvious.
Quote from: alancalverd on 19/01/2021 22:42:05"Relativism is the view that all truths are relative" Enough said, thank you. I have no idea why people waste time inventing conundrums or discussing the bloody obvious. Unexpected results come from false assumptions. Perhaps you'll understand why they came up with their conclusions by identifying false assumptions they've made. It's usually harder to identify false assumptions when they are hidden or not explicitly present in the statement itself.
Israeli scientists have identified a specific gene mutation associated with autism and found that it has a significant impact on brain development in mice, with gene-expressions changes that are prominent in the cerebellum area of the brain.The research indicates that these findings could be instrumental in developing drugs to directly change the neural processes in the cerebellum and offer hope for effective medications for the main symptoms of autism in the future.
The study found that genes associated with autism tend to be involved in the regulation of other genes and in the cortex, striatum, and cerebellum areas of the brain. The cerebellum is responsible for motor function, and recent findings have indicated that it also contributes to the development of many social and cognitive functions.The scientistís findings were published in Nature Communications, the peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Nature Research since 2010.The study aimed to better understand the relation between the cerebellum and autism.In the study, aimed at better understanding the link between the cerebellum and autism, the team tested one of the most prominent genes associated with the disorder called POGZ. Professor Shifman chose this specific gene based on prior findings that linked it to developmental disorders and overly friendly behavior in some patients on the autism spectrum.
I didn't bother to read beyond the first statement! All "isms" are of dubious validity: either your hypothesis is supported by the evidence, in which case you have knowledge, or it isn't, in which case you would be foolish to act on it, whatever you call it.
It is clearly wrong to bring a child into the world if there is no possibility of supporting it to adulthood, and we have the means to safely and humanely prevent that happening.
The most efficient decision is to abort all second sons and any fetus with detectable anomalies, and absolutely limit human reproduction to an average of 2 live deliveries per female. This will avoid the population rising to unsustainable (but currently inevitable) levels, but may prove to be unpalatable. It is the job of government to implement the unpalatable where it is needed to prevent the unacceptable.
"Buy land. They ain't making any more of the stuff." - Will Rogers
You can't produce more resources
And remember that the monetary value of gold and diamond lies entirely in their rarity! If we suddenly doubled the amount of gold in circulation, our banking system would collapse (again).
Assuming that most humans mate for life, the genetic makeup of a second son won't be much different from the first, so the evolution of the species will continue with fewer males, but the survival of the species requires a small surplus of females because not all are fertile. We may need to encourage bigamy.
On the other hand if we reduced the world population to 10 - 20% of its current size our descendants could all enjoy a Western standard of living for as long as the sun shines. That could be achieved in 100 years by encouraging women not to have more than one child, with immediate and continuing benefits to everyone and no hardship.
Apart from gold contacts on circuit boards and reed switches, and platinum crucibles, I've never considered "precious" metals to be of any significance in my life.
That's what China did to it's population,
There seems to be quite an appetite for cars, electrical appliances, and a meat-based diet, in modern China.To live to a Western standard (which doesn't mean adopting any particular choice, but having plenty of choice) requires at least 5 kW of controllable power qand 2500 Cal/day per capita. This cannot be generated sustainably for 6,000,000,000 people but is entirely feasible for one tenth of that number.
It is a currently desirable and achievable condition. We pass this way but once, and I'd hope to leave the world better than when I arrived (there were rockets falling on London, and now they go to Pluto, so we've achieved a little bit). Better to improve the status quo with what we have to hand, than sit and wonder what we might achieve with more.