Why haven't we really advanced much as a species lately? | Page 6

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  1. The_Unnatural Blue Belt

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    Its simple really, its profit over everything. Since everything can be patented and every little object costs thousands of dollars. Technology and innovation is lagging behind because individuals want to get paid first.
     
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  2. The_Unnatural Blue Belt

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    Also religion, since religion states mankind shouldn't try to be greater than god. Being stupid is easier.
     
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  3. sub_thug Red Belt

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    Oil is useful as a form of fuel or as a lubricant. It's commoditization is exactly why it has value at all. And who is "the nation?" Should we all get money like the Alaskans do? Should the government just collect a ton of money? Who is going to actually do the drilling and refining of said oil? Should the government buy an oil company or start its own a la Saudi Aramco? It's not enough to say that we should all benefit. You have to specify how. My recommendation is through stock for anyone that wants to buy in.

    I can buy into whatever stock I want right now. If I want to invest my money in Solar City because I believe in solar electricity, regardless of the company's variance on the NYSE, I can do that. I can even make some money off them. I don't have to support the oil industry at all. That's my choice to make, and I'm glad that I live in a system where I can make those kinds of choices.
     
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  4. Reyesnuthugr belt

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    I've been boiling about this exact thing for a while now (can you tell?), sorry you had to be the next guy I saw who said it.

    I'll take it as a compliment that you think I'm over 40. I'm not even touching fourty yet, although the margins are narrowing with every passing minute. I love sounding like an old man, I complained and wrote essays about grunge culture in the 90's during the peak of the actual thing while in highschool and how it was probably just a corporate attempted re-hash of the 60's (looks like I was right).

    Anyways, you gotta learn to embrace the festering elderly vitriol- it's actually cool now!

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    Also one other thing I wanted to mention-- it's not the kids' fault. This trash culture is brought to you by the previous generations. They're the ones pushing this new reality-tv cutthroat backstabbing paradigm as the new "savvy" (i.e. 'that guy's not a mean trashy asshole to be avoided or shunned from doing business with, he's being a genius to be emulated and adored by lying and cheating to sell himself and everyone out, sinking the company/industry'). It makes me sick, because that kind of thinking undoes all the main benefits of civilization in the first place.

    The new batch of millennials are just the unfortunate unwitting social-engineering targets/trustful slaves.
     
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  5. cooks1 No matter where you go-there you are

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    That's fine....For You. Forgive me though if I don't want our nation to bend over and take it up the ass while corporations plunder our natural resources.

    It's interesting that you keep mentioning stocks. Because exchanging drilling rights for large equity stakes in the companies drilling is one of the ways smart countries ensure they do not get ass fucked, and prevent their natural resources from getting plundered.

    There are many ways the government can make sure the nation is the primary beneficiary. Some countries nationalize and do it themselves. That's fine. Or you can just tax your way there. Or you can make sure the government has large equity stake in the company that does the production as a condition of granting the drilling rights. Like Norway did with Statoil/Norsk. The point is the people are the primary beneficiary of the natural resource, not someone else.

    Do you know how much the Norweigan Oil fund is valued at??????

    $562 Billion. There are only around 5 million people in the fucking place. Do the math on that. That's basically a 100K pension for every man woman and child in the nation.

    We really should look at what Norway did. It was incredibly shrewd and remarkable. They now have a majority share in one of the largest companies in the world that pulls oil out of 36 countries.

    http://mg.co.za/article/2011-09-08-oil-together-now-nationalisation-lessons-from-norway/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statoil

    Now.....Try and wrap your head around this.....The US produces 5 times the oil Norway does. Imagine if we were half as smart as them. Instead, the US is using our oil to pay for Norweigan services, as Statoil has 2200 producing wells in the US.

    https://www.statoil.com/en/where-we-are/united-states.html
     
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  6. Y2Khaos Brown Belt

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    MMA has changed quite a bit since 1992 so that's 1 thing.
     
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  7. ClubFoot Therapy can be a good thing; it can be therapeutic

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    Porn on you're phone which you can conveniently take anywhere!

    And your telling me we haven't advanced much?

    Keep you AI and hover boards.

    I'm happy with the mobile pron.

    Thank you very much. Our great grandparents would have killed for this shit.
     
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  8. freaky Black Belt

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    You keep to your portable fap material and I'll take my AI Scarlett Johansson. What's that movie call with those blank robots that can upload any personality and characteristics? That's the future I want to be in.
     
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  9. DynamicLoosener Grass Fed Free Range Dolce Belt

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    i might be partly responsable
     
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  10. ClubFoot Therapy can be a good thing; it can be therapeutic

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    Ah, but we aren't there yet Sonny Jim.

    As soon as we are the mobile pron will be a great back up.
     
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  11. Y2Khaos Brown Belt

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    I never understood why people want to colonize other planets or go to space at all. I totally see the need for satellites but why would you want to live in a place where you can't go outside without some form of protection and life support? From all the exploration of the moon we've done we know there is nothing useful there.
     
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  12. RJ43 Silver Belt

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    Your argument is based on the film Event Horizon, bruh. Not really the most insightful place to start.

    That's like me asking why men haven't advanced much lately because we're unable to kill an alien predator with our bare hands.

    Anyway, If I'm not mistaken we are still considered to be in the information revolution. Maybe it's because I live in San Francisco, but I feel like we see real changes in our lives at a very rapid rate.
     
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  13. JUST BLEED GOD Judging

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    His first response was to call the thread "mind blowingly ignorant/stupid".

    Its not "my argument". It's just my observation of how much we envisioned ourselves achieving, but all we've done is combine a phone with a laptop.

    Almost nothing else has changed my life.
     
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  14. JudoThrowFiasco Charming Quark

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  15. Jack Reacheround Never Go Black

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    I don't really agree with this per say. Hear me out on this one.

    People don't do everything their religion tells them to do. It is people who tell them which rules are more important and how to interpret them. And right now, those people are being told by others, who have an interest in discrediting climate science, to discredit all science. Kind of like how some Muslims are being told to blow shit up by a minority of Muslims who have a vested interest in preventing the influence of western values in their countries. Religion isn't so much the mechanism driving these things, but is more like the vehicle the drivers are using to carry out their nefarious agendas.
    And nobody better turn this into a "Islam is a violent religion and all Muslims are savages," thread. I'm not debating that shit with any of you dumbasses. I'm just saying that Christianity itself may not be to blame for suppressing scientific achievement. It's just being used by those who want to do that anyway.
     
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  16. Metal_Daze Geonor St Gregor

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    Oh I can be negative, overly so! Concerning the highlighted sentence (on grunge). Put yourself in the place of a 40 years-old guitar player. I spent my teen years practicing and improving my guitar skills. I wanted to become a guitar hero, like my heroes (Jimmy, SRV, Slash, Satriani, etc).

    The exact moment I became good enough to lead a band, Nevermind became ultra popular and the dream was over. Nobody cared about guitar from that point on. It was all about the attitude, the clothes, the hairdo and how silly you look when you take a picture.

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    None of these pictures have anything to do with music. It's all attitude, resistance, non-conformism and satire. Anybody can take a silly picture and resist the authority. I don't want to take anything from Kurt, he had tremendous charisma and his influence is undeniable.

    But mastering a musical instrument, mastering the guitar is something else. Kurt Cobain never mastered the guitar: he was an incredible song writer and a potable live player but he must be the worst guitar player ever.

    All his shtick was about attitude. Music took the backstage and is not even back yet. He changed things but I can't see it as "changed for the better" because what became of music after doesn't bode well with me.
     
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  17. Metal_Daze Geonor St Gregor

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    The Grand Wazoo would be proud of these words.
     
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  18. jericksen5 Brown Belt

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    Because if you look back at the history of the planet earth, it has only been hospitable for human life for a short span of time. And at some point, it will no longer be hospitable for human life again, weather its due to manmade climate change or natural changes. In order to survive as a species, at some point we will need to colonize other worlds.
     
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  19. rj144 Brown Belt

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    Yes good point and good pun. :)
     
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  20. Shaved Rabbit Shitposting enthusiast extraordinaire

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    Where the sex robots at?

    It's 2017 for christ sake, I never asked for this future.
     
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