From: "Lee Corbin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> No. That the vast majority of inventions did not occur in
> tropical regions is factual. If Fred Reed implied "all", then
> I think that his point has to be understood in the context of
> the claim that he was making about the wisdom of reparations.
Yes, that's right. The real subject at hand was reparations, not racism. The
fact that Fred Reed shows how the reparations scheme is itself racist provides
another perspective from which to reject this absurd scheme, in addition to
the humorous angle. As long as we can laugh at the stupidity of such schemes,
they won't be able to harm the community at large. If US policy becomes so
insane as to take this nonsense seriously, then rational, reasonable, and
responsible scientists are at risk too.
Useless hypotheses, etc.:
consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, and ego.
Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
(Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)
We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.
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