• I explored some of the research papers and abstracts on Pioneer with a search query of “computer algorithms”. The goal was to see the new research that involves algorithms. Unsurprisingly there were around 10,000

  • Good job Miguel!
    Well done for sure, and you seem to be very interested and headed in the right direction. I enjoy the subject so I’m excited to see what you say at the end of your research.
    In your quest for determining what are emotions, consider that everything “we” as humans feel is a chemical reaction in the body. Emotions are a quantifiable…[Read more]

  • Hey Alex,
    Good start on your research. I do not know what your research question is, so I don’t know where you are heading. It has been awhile since I have looked into Vikings, I do not have my sources. Something that I have found really interesting is the misconceptions about Vikings and the impact they have had on the Western World. The Viking…[Read more]

  • In 2016 for the first time ever, a “grand master” of the game Go was defeated by a Google created program named AlphaGo. The periodical I read was published in Nature before AlphaGo had even played  Lee Sedol.

    • This is a very interesting post Andrew, I really enjoy how concise the paragraph was. I must also say this adds on to my research of technology, this is just proof that technology is expanding rapidly. I also enjoyed how you interacted with your readers when you paused and tried to make a humorous comment in your paragraph. I hope to read more about your research, I find your topic very interesting.

  • Not criticizing, but the death toll numbers are a little misleading. The Fire bombings of Tokyo killed between 100,000 and 200,000 people, so when talking about death toll and predicted death tolls make sure you are aware of total death. Also, invasion was not the only other potential way to win the war. Blockades and bombings were also viable…[Read more]

  • I’m thinking I will focus on AlphaGo or on the next step for machines.

  • Great topic choice! There are different ways to approach the argument, but when we analyze the purpose of a law, its intent is to protect or better society in some way. Make sure when you read arguments and when you are doing research that you keep in mind that the drug should or should not be legalized based on a social good standpoint. A very…[Read more]

  • An algorithm, in its most basic form is an equation that given inputs, outputs a value. Algorithms are everywhere along with advanced machine learning. Google uses algorithms, so does Netflix and Amazon. The

    • I think this could be very intersting! I would definitely narrow down your topic, though, and focus on maybe on aspect of algorithms. For example, you could focus on how they have been used historically and how we have advanced to where we are at now. This is a very Andrew topic haha. I’m excited to see what you do with it.

  • Thank you Zach for commenting on my post.
    I did not make this clear in my post, but there is a vast difference between conservatism and the “american conservative”. As defined by Wikipedia: “Conservatism as a political and social philosophy promotes retaining traditional social institutions in the context of culture and civilization.” I thus…[Read more]

  • Celia,
    I believe that your thesis, so to speak, is the idea that, at least for the mental health side, it is better to allow people to know what they are about to be confronted with, so as to prevent a traumatic experience (correct me if I misunderstood). I have mixed feelings about your assertion, but for the most part agree. I agree with your…[Read more]

  • Intellectual Conservatism is no more than a myth. Conservatism is the general notion that preserving the status quo is the best social and political route for society. This is not reactionism, but the status quo

    • Very well written, Andrew. However, there are some flaws in your argument. Conservatism does not entail maintaining all policies and the “status quo” of the past. It is the arguement to utilize the ideas and policies that have functioned well in the past, and maintaining those policies. One could argue that liberals are more willing to take risks than conservatism. The argument by conservatism against liberalism is that the implementation of new, unpracticed ideas and policies is too large of a risk for the government. They believe it is safer to implement ideas and policies that have worked in the past, and will obviously not implement the ones that do not work.

      • Thank you Zach for commenting on my post.
        I did not make this clear in my post, but there is a vast difference between conservatism and the “american conservative”. As defined by Wikipedia: “Conservatism as a political and social philosophy promotes retaining traditional social institutions in the context of culture and civilization.” I thus interpreted this as the maintaining of the status quo. I agree that conservatives (adherents of conservatism) are about using the previously effective ideas in favor of newer untested ones. I entirely agree that individuals who pro-change are always willing to take more risks than conservatives. / side note: liberalism is not always pro change, liberalism is about the expansion of freedoms and equality/ The first little allegory that comes to mind when I think of conservatives is the saying, “if it aint broke, don’t fix it”. In my opinion, this is a terrible saying. Everything can be improved and just because it is effective now doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be improved. An example that I am knowledgeable on is general relativity vs Newtonian physics. Newtonian physics is what scientist used to launch satellites into orbit and was the physics that got us to the moon, but it is wrong. General relativity, given our current understanding, is the best, most correct theory that we have. Back to conservatism. Usually the reason for not enacting change is because the means do not justify the ends, or the end is not worth it to risk so much. Ironic as most “liberals” that I know say conservatives are the ones who say the ends justify the means. There are many ends that the means don’t justify, but with prudence and skepticism change is a great thing.

        My criticism with conservatism is that it is intellectually limiting and incompatible with science

    • This is a very interesting point of view. I think the definition of conservatism can sometimes be subjective which is where people run into disagreements about this topic. Personally, I think both conservatives and liberals can be intellectuals but would agree that often the progressive nature of liberals leads them to be more open-minded and therefore curious. Curiosity is the key to intelligence in my opinion.

  • Deshya,
    Nothing to be embarrassed about:) Plenty of embarrassing things happen to plenty of people all the time! Its part of being alive. We experience terrible things and we experience amazing things, its about at the end of the day being left with contentment. That’s a bit of Stoicism for you. But to answer your question, no, in the…[Read more]

  • Hector,
    I agree with your little assertion that there is a very thin line between the Government protecting us, and being Big Brother. However, the Government may invade our privacy, but they don’t make a profit off of it. Facebook and Google likely know more about you than your close friends and family. Facebook and Google make money by selling…[Read more]

  • Hello Jayna,
    What do you mean when you say Clinton is a liar and unfit for Office? Do you know of an honest politician? I do not. In regards to the rate of lying between Clinton and Trump, Clinton is significantly lower than Trump. Maybe it’s that she lied about bigger things than Trump? I could potentially buy that, but I have not seen real…[Read more]

  • Hello Connor,
    Based off your post I would assume that you have a lot of interest in macro level economics. If such is the case there are a few books that I would recommend. First is Aftershock: a more in depth analysis than “Inequality for All”. Das Kapital: a very difficult book, but its a very useful observation of the capitalist economy. The…[Read more]

  • Gary,
    I agree with your statement that many female individuals are abused both mentally and physically. Its impossible to disagree, as there is a plethora of data to support this. However, it is premature and often incorrect to accuse one party or group as the intelligent offender. The social situation with men in woman is complex and not simple.…[Read more]

  • Chris,
    There is an important question to ask; what is the fundamental cause of inequality? If you are familiar with Marx’s and Robert Reich, you would most likely come to the conclusion that that the root cause of social inequality is economic. There is, without discordance, a noticeable and most of all disturbing problem of racial inequality.…[Read more]

  • Previous comments have emphasized the amount of research and the difficulty behind curing cancer, but you are very correct that there is not a large political discussion about how to regulate economies to help prevent the distribution of carcinogenic products or bi products.It is important to remember when you are voting that certain parties and…[Read more]

  • Hello, intereresting discussion on the difference between grit and courage, however, it may be in your interest to to look into the difference of stupidity and courage.

  • As a Marxist, the most important political issue in this election, as in every election, is economic policies. Unsurprisingly, I campaigned for Bernie Sanders, and donated money to “Our Revolution.”

    My can

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