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Discussions Discussion Environment blocked by turning a blind eye
Philip Björk Stiernström, Oct. 18, 2013

In a Swedish documentary I’ve watched called “Science of the World”, they brought up the subject of global warming. In this documentary they explain that we have all have the knowledge and tools to be able to prevent the dramatic change of global warming. Still the humankind turns a blind eye to the reality. Mostly because we’re so uncomfortable of the consequence with global warming. If this a fact too, shouldn’t the world start concentrating on changing the mind state of the human? I know that there’s many countries who make laws, to get you be more considerate to the environment. Still, why not taking it a further step and make an inevitable international course about saving the environment?

Philip Björk Stiernström
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  • Phoebe Byrd Phoebe Byrd Oct. 18, 2013
    I feel as if most people are not politically active enough to let their government representatives know that “playing chicken” with global warming is asking for disaster. When the problem has not reached the critical-to-life-as-we-know-it stage in the here and now, we are inclined to pass the problem it forward. We have just seen the US government wait until the last minute to avoid a different kind of problem Unfortunately, we may pass the problem of global warming forward until the solution is out of reach. I hope not. We can make a difference, but our voices must be heard.
  • Veronica C-USA Veronica C-USA Oct. 18, 2013
    I totally agree with you. I feel that people should at least acknowledge the fact that the earth's climate has changed dramatically over the years. People who purposefully ignore the topic are only hurting the world around them, especially politicians.
  • Emily T Emily T Oct. 19, 2013
    In my biology class in California, we have been learning about global warming and its effects. Based on what I have learned, I agree that we neeed to change the human state of mind. The focus mainly needs to be on the United States, Canada, and Australia. These are the countries that have the most denial of the mass effects of climate change. Most other countries accept the real problem it presents.
    I think that if more people were better educated on global warming, more people would be able to work together to help convince the government that action is needed now. If enough people write to government officials and even their state representatives, then our opinions will be heard as a whole. Also, if the government actions are supposed to be representing the people and for the benefit of the people, then if the majority of the people want progress against global warming there should be progress.

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Discussions Discussion Science - Neurology
Janet Pearson, Feb. 8, 2012

Neuroscience could mean soldiers controlling weapons with minds:

Soldiers could have their minds plugged directly into weapons systems, undergo brain scans during recruitment and take courses of neural stimulation to boost their learning, if the armed forces embrace the latest developments in neuroscience to hone the performance of their troops.


These scenarios are described in a report into the military and law enforcement uses of neuroscience, published on Tuesday, which also highlights a raft of legal and ethical concerns that innovations in the field may bring.

Interview with Professor Rod Flower FRS, chair of the Royal Society’s new report.

Janet Pearson
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  • Rajneesh Nair Rajneesh Nair Feb. 8, 2012
    I know this seems like a bit irrelevant, but in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, many of the soldiers are controlled by technology, used to pair their guns to their digital I.D.'s. They also perform in a more uniform manner, never question orders, and show no judgment of their own, for better or for worse. The various ethical dilemmas that arise throughout the game relating to this topic are very interesting. If you're into games and neurobiological weaponry, look into it.
  • Thomas Billingsly Thomas Billingsly Feb. 9, 2012
    The parallel with the world of games is not irrelevant at all. Military drones that hover over distant lands for spying and attack purposes are known to be sometimes controlled by a game-like joystick from a person sitting in an office outside of Washington DC who decides to press the button “kill” button or not. The whole scenario is reduced to a game-like situation for this person. Training for such work also involves game techniques. The parallel is right on point.
  • Thomas Billingsly Thomas Billingsly Feb. 9, 2012
    To this point — Predator Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): Military ethicists concede that drones can turn war into a video game and, with no Americans directly at risk, more easily draw the United States into conflicts.

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Discussions Discussion Science - Neurology
Jill Davies, Nov. 26, 2011

This is your mind on meditation: less wandering, more doing… The brains of experienced meditators appear to be fitter, more disciplined and more “on task” than do the brains of those trying out meditation for the first time.


And the differences between the two groups are evident not only during meditation, but also when the mind is allowed to wander freely. And as you can see in the vidclip, meditation can be practiced almost anytime, anywhere :)

Jill Davies
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