ScreamingDeerSoul comments on Law Enforcement Analyst Dumbfounded as Media Rummages Through House of Suspected Terrorists. The Surprising Truth About FLORIDA MAN! Roko's basilisk. Roko's basilisk is a thought experiment about the potential risks involved in developing artificial intelligence.
The experiment's premise is that an all-powerful artificial intelligence from the future could retroactively punish those who did not help bring about its existence; even those who merely knew about the possibility of such a being coming into existence incur the risk of punishment. It resembles a futurist version of Pascal's wager, in that it suggests people should weigh possible punishment versus reward and as a result accept particular singularitarian ideas or donate money to support their development. It is named after the member of the rationalist community LessWrong who described it, though he did not originate the underlying ideas.  Summary  The Basilisk. ISIS Have Opened Two Theme Parks For Young Children. It is a far cry from Disneyland - but these are the two theme parks that Islamic State has established to entertain children living under its tyrannical regime.
The parks, situated in the Iraqi city of Fallujah and the Syrian city of Raqqa, were reportedly opened last week to mark the celebration of Eid. In a series of photos, young revellers appear to enjoying a series of rides - including spinning teacups, a big wheel and a miniature train line. Jan. 4, 1903: Edison Fries an Elephant to Prove His Point. 1903: Thomas Edison stages his highly publicized electrocution of an elephant in order to demonstrate the dangers of alternating current, which, if it posed any immediate danger at all, was to Edison's own direct current.
Edison had established direct current at the standard for electricity distribution and was living large off the patent royalties, royalties he was in no mood to lose when George Westinghouse and Nicola Tesla showed up with alternating current. Edison's aggressive campaign to discredit the new current took the macabre form of a series of animal electrocutions using AC (a killing process he referred to snidely as getting "Westinghoused"). Stray dogs and cats were the most easily obtained, but he also zapped a few cattle and horses. Time Cube. Time Cube is an incomprehensible hypothesis, created by Gene Ray around 1997, that claims time is cubic.
Interpretations vary, as does the exact text of the website, but the core appears to have something to do with the earth passing through four simultaneous days in the course of 24 hours. How Creationists Interpret Genetics (Hint: They're Very, Very Wrong) Republican says poor children should be required to work for food. 29 Insane Pastimes That Prove History Was Terrifying. “Integrative medicine”: A brand, not a specialty. Author’s note: This post was inspired in part by a post by Wally Sampson entitled Why would medical schools associate with quackery?
Or, How we did it. On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend by Timothy P. Weber. BY: Timothy P.
Weber Adapted with permission from On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend, by Timothy P. Weber, copyright 2004 Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group. In a recent Time/CNN poll, more than one-third of Americans said that since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, they have been thinking more about how current events might be leading to the end of the world. While only 36 percent of all Americans believe that the Bible is God's Word and should be taken literally, 59 percent say they believe that events predicted in the Book of Revelation will come to pass. Millions of Americans believe that the Bible predicts the future and that we are living in the last days. Teenage Jehovah's Witness loses court bid to refuse life-saving blood transfusion. Updated Sat 28 Sep 2013, 12:13am AEST A Sydney teenager has lost his bid to refuse a potentially life-saving blood transfusion treatment because he is a Jehovah's Witness.
The 17-year-old cancer victim, known only as X, appealed against a NSW Supreme Court order that staff at the Sydney Children's Hospital should be allowed to give him the treatment. He told his doctors he would rip the IV out of his arm if forced to have the transfusion, which he believes is akin to being raped. X is suffering from Hodgkin's disease and his doctors believe he has an 80 per cent chance of dying from anaemia if he does not receive the treatment. In March, Justice Ian Gzell ordered the hospital be allowed to carry out the treatment on the boy, who immediately appealed against the decision.
Iowa Youth Pastor Rapes Boys To 'Cure' Them Of Homosexuality, Won't Spend One Day In Prison - By now, we’ve all undoubtedly heard of and been outraged by a Montana judge sentencing a former teacher to a mere 30 days in prison for raping one of his female students.
But have you heard of the Iowa youth pastor who is walking free after confessing to raping boys to “cure” them of homosexuality? Well, that’s precisely what happened in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Brent Girouex, 31, was arrested on 60 counts of suspicion of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist. According to KRMG in Oklahoma, Girouex confessed to police that he had sex with at least four youths, but eight more have since come forward claiming that they were also violated by the now former pastor of Victory Fellowship Church. Girouex told detectives that his actions were meant to “help with homosexual urges by praying while he had sexual contact with [them]” in order to keep them “sexually pure” for God.
Eight Toxic Foods: A Little Chemical Education. Update: You'll notice in this post that I refer to some sites that the original BuzzFeed article I'm complaining out sends people to, often pointing out that these didn't actually support the wilder claims it's making.
Well, the folks at BuzzFeed have dealt with this by taking down the links (!) The article now says: "Some studies linked in the original version of this article were concerning unrelated issues. They have been replaced with information directly from the book Rich Food, Poor Food". How an early psychiatric treatment lead to widespread mutilation.
Anonymous' Hackers Target Westboro Baptist Church After Protest Plans. Can the Doomsday Argument predict our odds of survival? Why TV News is a Waste of Human Effort: One Example Worth a Trillion Dollars — C. G. P. Grey. It’s Simpsons time and Homer’s insightful remark that a trillion dollars is, quote: “a spicy meatball!”
In case you didn’t notice, that Simpsons show was about a trillion dollar bill and we are discussing a trillion dollar coin. Picky yes, but the two forms of cash have different laws regarding how they are created. Which isn’t a big deal, it’s just the whole reason the trillion dollar coin story exists in the first place. Now, perhaps, you think I’m complaining too much. Tallguywrites: The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield. A fifteen page story about the MMR vaccination controversy. As ever, I'm sure a few spelling errors have slipped past me. Feel free to point any out so I can correct them. The reference links for the strip are in the next blog entry. Now! (1) Derek Conkle-Gutierrez. Is this what students in Louisiana are learning about evolution? Woman undergoes untested stem-cell wrinkle treatment, sprouts bones in her eyelid.