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Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In High-Security Lab

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Scientists have launched a major new phase in the testing of a controversial genetically modified organism: a mosquito designed to quickly spread a genetic mutation lethal to its own species, NPR has learned.

For the first time, researchers have begun large-scale releases of the engineered insects, into a high-security laboratory in Terni, Italy.

"This will really be a breakthrough experiment," says Ruth Mueller, an entomologist who runs the lab. "It's a historic moment."

The goal is to see if the mosquitoes could eventually provide a powerful new weapon to help eradicate malaria in Africa, where most cases occur.

"It's very exciting," Mueller says.

NPR was the only news organization allowed into the lab to witness the moment the releases began in early February.
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Philosophy & Science / The Philosophy of Organism
« Last post by sciborg2 on Today at 04:31:29 pm »
The Philosophy of Organism

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The philosophy of organism is the name of the metaphysics of the mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead. Born in Kent in 1861, schooled in Dorset, Alfred headed north and taught mathematics and physics in Cambridge, where he befriended his pupil Bertrand Russell, with whom he came to collaborate on a project to develop logically unshakable foundations for mathematics. In 1914, Whitehead became Professor of Applied Mathematics at Imperial College, London. However, his passion for the underlying philosophical problems never left him, and in 1924, at the age of 63, he crossed the Atlantic to take up a position as Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1947. His intellectual journey had traversed mathematics, physics, logic, education, the philosophy of science, and matured with his profound metaphysics, a complex systematic philosophy that is most comprehensively unfolded in his 1929 book, Process and Reality.

The philosophy of organism is a form of process philosophy. This type of philosophy seeks to overcome the problems in the traditional metaphysical options of dualism, materialism, and idealism. From the perspective of process philosophy, the error of dualism is to take mind and matter to be fundamentally distinct; the error of materialism is to fall for this first error then omit mind as fundamental; the error of idealism is also to fall for the first error then to omit matter as fundamental. The philosophy of organism seeks to resolve these issues by fusing the concepts of mind and matter, thereby creating an ‘organic realism’ as Whitehead also named his philosophy. To gain an overview of this marvelous, revolutionary, yet most logical philosophy, let’s first look at what Whitehead means by ‘realism’, then at the meaning of its prefix, ‘organic’.
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Philosophy & Science / Re: Sam Harris on why Materialism is Nonsensical
« Last post by sciborg2 on Today at 04:28:35 pm »
Well I did say a creature that cannot report how it works.

But even the attempt suggests two entities, the reporter and the one given the report?


That arrangement 'A: A reporter and B: One who gives the report', why would that have to be the case? Why would there even be two 'entities'

A creature that cannot report how it works can just as much be 'A: A mechanism and B: A verbal system with limited access to the prior mechanism it runs on - much like software running on hardware and )

Otherwise I don't know what you're saying - my computer is going to give the server the SA forums a report. Are these two entities?

I don't understand this part ->

" the software's code can't access all the hardware because there isn't hardware for accessing the other hardware (also the software isn't even code to show this absence, in much the same way as we all have a blindspot in out sight but it is smudged over and hidden from us, without native documentation"

Could give an example of software and hardware? I don't see how the software/hardware lack of access is at all like the blindspot that is smudged over?
I don't understand where your position is - does your brain tell you it's smudging over part of your vision or does it just do so without telling you, whether you like it or not? You don't have any part of your brain telling you its doing that trick - there's no hardware or software there to do that. You're left numb to it. How much else are you left numb to? The edges of your vision just kind of run out as well, rather than have any kind of sign of where they end.

Or I don't know, what is your position on the matter? I know your eye is basically smudging over info in part of your eye. That's a fact. Basically it fools your brain/it fools you - or would you put it another way. And your reaction to that fact/your position in regards to that fact, what is it?

So you don't think there is hardware/software? I admit I'm not really sure I understand this post either...
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Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello people!
« Last post by H on Today at 01:41:58 pm »
Welcome!  Feel free to ask any questions you might have.
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Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello people!
« Last post by Erratic21 on Today at 12:58:11 pm »
Well its not your fault If I read a couple of spoilers. I knew where I was roaming at my own peril :) First major I remember was that Soma was a
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. After that I was much more careful :D
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Isnt this ominous and atmospheric without being too heavy? The lyrics once again remind me of Bakker. Kellhus etv. Penetrating illusions...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_qVZlPDSho
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An atmospheric metal band heavily influenced by holy scriptures, the Apocalypse etc.

That definitely sounds like it would fit, though I can't say I've ever listened to a metal band can thought it was atmospheric lol.
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Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello people!
« Last post by Wilshire on Today at 12:47:38 pm »
There are a lot of great books out there worth reading, but nothing quite like Bakker.

Despite our best efforts, its always tricky navigating spoilers for books on a forum like this (or anywhere really). Generally speaking, each named subforum (ie The Darkenss That Comes Before) includes open spoilers for all be the books preceding and including it.

So as of right now, The Unholy Consult sub is open spoilers for all content, and General Earwa is open spoilers for everything (always).

Welcome!
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Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello people!
« Last post by Erratic21 on Today at 12:13:42 pm »
No worries! Thanx for accepting me :)
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Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello people!
« Last post by Madness on Today at 12:04:35 pm »
Welcome to the Second Apocalypse, Erratic21. Sorry about the protracted registration process.

Looking forward to your additions to the monument ;).
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