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Independent invention should be a defence against patent infringment   3 votes - 60 %
Independent invention should not be a defence against patent infringment   1 vote - 20 %
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Watch "Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance"   0 votes - 0 %
Don't watch "Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance"   4 votes - 80 %
 
5 Total Votes
Baffling poll by Alan Crowe (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 02:53:22 PM EST
Independent invention is (and has always been) a defense against accusations of copyright infringement.

Hmm by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 03:04:02 PM EST
Should probably be patent infringement, as in the link.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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Life begins at conception... by ana (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 03:22:56 PM EST
I think the linked article says the opposite of what your link suggests. That is, biblical literalists only discovered that the bible has "always" said life begins at conception sometime in the 1980s.

I now know what the noise that is usually spelled "lolwhut" sounds like. --Kellnerin

Gosh, everybody's a critic today by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 03:36:07 PM EST
Changed.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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And, at that, only a subset of literalists by lm (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 05:54:59 PM EST
Plenty of literalists, or mostly literalists, throughout history have argued that life begins at conception based on a literal reading of certain texts.

But, for some odd reason, Evangelical Christianity largely ignores the history of Biblical interpretation.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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also by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #6 Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 07:01:15 PM EST
when did we actually discover the "sperm fertilizes the egg" bit?

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

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It was first observed in the 19th century by lm (4.00 / 1) #7 Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 05:58:08 AM EST
There were a series of discoveries by more than a few scientists that happened from 1841 (sperm discovered to be cells) to 1875 when it was first observed that sperm and egg combine into a new cell. But that's just proof of the mechanical aspects of fertilization. Just as the field of genetics was initiated centuries before the discovery of chromosomes and DNA, it was long known that it took something from a man and a woman to make a child.

The wrench in the works, so to speak, was Aristotle's mistaken biology that thought the seed of the man was the active part and the woman, being a fertile planting ground, was entirely passive in the process. The high regard for Aristotle in the west in the middle ages resulted in a distorted view of what happens for centuries.

I seem to recall that this view was not unchallenged. But I may be misremembering.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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Woman entirely passive by Herring (4.00 / 3) #8 Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 06:52:51 AM EST
Says more for Aristotle's technique really.

IIRC, there's something in the Kama Sutra about it requiring bits from both genders and that goes back a bit.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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That's a good line by lm (4.00 / 1) #9 Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 12:29:18 PM EST
Since I'm at a university whose philosophy department is hugely influenced by Aristotle and his intellectual heirs, I'll have to keep that in mind.

But it's really just a working out of his theory of motion in a biological context. Everything in Aristotle's universe moved from total potency to total actuality.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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So by Herring (4.00 / 1) #10 Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 03:02:57 PM EST
He was actually impotent. No, I didn't need to post that.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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Ein Buch ist ein Spiegel by nathan (4.00 / 1) #11 Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 06:13:52 PM EST
Aus dem kein Apostel herausgucken kann, wenn ein Affe hineinguckt.

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Deptford Market by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #12 Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 04:55:02 PM EST
I know that stall! They have a similar signs beside each box saying things like "Amazing!" and gradually get more surreal as they run out of things to say. Market stall holders are generally pretty funny I've found.

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It's political correctness gone mad!

Insider knowledge, cool! [nt] by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 01:21:29 AM EST

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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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