Propaganda works. no matter how much elephants are in the room, they have the perfect camouflage. That the average american switches between goldfish-level memory and oh-shiny state of attention helps a lot too. Probably they give more attention to celebrities dumping cold water on themselves than worrying about… » 8/28/14 7:17pm Thursday 7:17pm

It starts with the assumption that most intelligence is inherited. But a lot of factors for it are more cultural than genetic. And is culture (in particular, politics/corporate driven culture, you need dumb enough voters/buyers to keep voting/buying you) what is dumbing us down, not genetic. And that culture is… » 7/30/14 8:06am 7/30/14 8:06am

A big component of the cost is also handling the physical book. Transporting (depending on where you live, may be overseas), storing, profit in all the sales chain (importer, distributor, bookshop, final seller commision, and the last ones must cover salaries, rent, taxes and so on, that must be important for not very… » 7/25/14 5:53pm 7/25/14 5:53pm

Technological singularity and almighty AIs are too close in the (cultural) horizon to NOT be the enemy, obviously powered up by intelligence agencies all over the world. In fact, could be several of them, it could be more like The Forbin Project than War Games in that sense. » 7/25/14 5:40pm 7/25/14 5:40pm

Considering that PKDick was one of the most filmed SF authors, with very influential novels and short tales, even ones not filmed yet like Ubik. Is a shame. Same for Discworld, maybe you can point with a finger which one exactly of the Discworld books is "the" book that changed everything. but is all around it. » 7/25/14 5:15pm 7/25/14 5:15pm