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

You should give some credit on how much of you is what you lived. It shaped a lot who you are, and not just in personality or knowledge. The environment have a lot of influence at genetic level too, even in the short term. And don't forget that little things that you have in your guts, your biome influences your… » 7/17/14 5:16pm 7/17/14 5:16pm

Telling if we are normal because the few solar systems that we were able to guess in a 500 light years radius of a 100.000 light year radius galaxy, just one of the billons of galaxies of the universe? There are more stars (and so star systems) that grains of sands in the entire world, grab a handful of sand and you… » 7/17/14 5:05pm 7/17/14 5:05pm

Change is random, natural selection is not. But that don't means that there is just one kind of change that can be successful. And, don't forget "accidents", there are things that change priorities on what is a sucessful change from time to time, like meteorites, supervolcanos and so on. Else we would had been… » 7/17/14 4:48pm 7/17/14 4:48pm