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10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

March 4, 2015 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Did we stop natural selection by keeping everyone alive? Or is it part of evolution? Is it meant for us to do this?

“Meant for us to do” is kind of a loaded term. Evolution and natural selection don’t really have an endgoal. What we’re “meant” to do, from an evolutionary perspective, is make more of us. Nothing more, nothing less. If keeping everyone alive makes more of us, then that’s what we’re meant to do. If we make too many and the environment can’t handle us, we’ll starve until we’re back below our limit.

As for whether nature will get sick of us, that’s assigning some kind of agency to nature that doesn’t really exist. Nature doesn’t “get sick” of species. Things either adapt and survive or they die out. Nature doesn’t care how they do it. There are several forces that oppose survival, such as changing environments, diseases, lack of resources, etc. Humans are unusual in that we’ve been able to assert a lot of control over many of these opposing forces. We can eradicate diseases. We can farm, which allows more people to live on less resources. We can create tools to allow us to survive in harsh environments. We can pass exact knowledge down to future generations. Even though we do things that are detrimental to our environment, we can predict the changes and create a means to survive the new environment. Every species up to this point has relied on genetic mutation to adapt. Humans, on the other hand, rely on engineering, which provides solutions in months and years rather than generations. I hate to sound like I’m making more of humanity than it deserves, but from an evolutionary perspective, we really are a tough species to beat.

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March 1, 2015 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Recap |

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10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

February 25, 2015 | 9 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why is it that when I look to myself in the mirror I think “damn I’m hot” but when I see myself in pictures I seem to be comparatively uglier? 

Most cameras have a narrow focal length and it can distort the way your face looks, like so…When you look in a mirror you’re seeing yourself as others see you, and not how a camera sees you.

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10 Answers To Questions You’ve Always Wondered About

February 18, 2015 | 4 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

 

Decades ago, how were people able to get married in their 20’s, have kids, afford a house, live/strive rather comfortably, and still have enough saved up to retire? 

I think it can be summed up by a conversation I had last week with one of my customers who used to work the same job as me 20 years ago.

Me: The problem is they start our pay out so low in comparison to other companies, but the benefits are amazing man.

Him: How much are they starting you at?

Me: $40,000 a year.

Him: Damn that’s the same pay they started me at 20 years ago.

So, considering inflation, the rising cost of blah blah blah, and the ever increasing need for the world to consume, 40k isn’t the same as 40k 20 years ago.

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10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

February 11, 2015 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why does everyone seem to hate the sound of their own voice?

When people hear themselves speak, the voice they hear is transmitted to their ears through the vibrations of their bones. This is a different sound than what is communicated by air. So one spends his/her entire life thinking they sound one way when the rest of the world hears them in a different manner. Realizing that what they have “heard” their entire life isn’t their true voice (as perceived by others) can make one dislike what they hear.

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10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

January 28, 2015 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

It seems like “everyone” is getting cancer. Has it always been this way, or is this something new?

Cancer is what kills you if nothing else gets to you first. We’ve made long strides in general health and treatment of many diseases, which has caused us to live longer, which makes cancer a larger percentage of total deaths than it was further back in history.

Cells that make up your body need to regenerate and every mitosis carries a chance something will go wrong, that’s why most cells have a set limit before they can’t replicate. If something goes wrong in a way that will cause them to get rid of the limit, you have a cancerous growth.

It also explains why certain times of cancer, like colo-rectal, lung or gastric are much more common – cells in those areas can get stressed by your lifestyle more than others and need to replicate more often to keep up, so the chance something will go wrong goes up.

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10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

January 21, 2015 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

 

Why don’t car manufacturers make all cars as visually appealing as Ferrari’s or Lamborghini’s?

1.) Form follows function. There’s no way to make a car that looks like an exotic sports car that can still haul 5+ passengers and carry lots of cargo.

2.) Platform sharing. many vehicles in production today share platforms, engineering, chassis designs, etc with other models. Ferrari’s and Lamborghinis have bespoke chassis (although yes the Gallardo does share it’s platform with the also exotic Audi R8). Carmakers want to design a platform that is as versatile as possible and able to used in as many different vehicles. Toyota uses the same design architecture (in various forms) to underpine the Camry, Highlander, Avalon, Venza, Lexus ES, and Lexus RX. Nissan is unique in having designed a platform that can be used on everything from a sports car (370z) to a SUV (Infiniti FX) to a large luxury sedan (Infiniti M). Then again, the 370z does not quite have the same stance as a purebred sports car like an S2000 or Boxster, and the FX is also just about the most car like SUV you’ll find. When you compare the Mustang, Challenger, and Camaro, one key reason the Mustang is several hundred pounds lighter is the Camaro and Challenger are essentially two door sedans (the Camaro sharing it’s platform with the late lamented Pontiac G8 and the Challenger with the Charger), so they are heavier, whereas the Mustang does not and is designed to be a sports coupe. Common architectures/platforms/chassis designs require compromise, and that’s not something Ferrari or Lamborghini have to really do.

3.) Not everyone likes the look. for some people, their car is no different than their washing machine – it’s an appliance. they want something bland and simple that gets the job done. making a bland looking car is also the least offensive and polarizing, and therefore more likely to have the broadest appeal. People are far more likely to buy a car who’s styling has no effect on them than one that they find ugly.

4.) A carmaker may have it’s own design language that it is trying to convey. A Mercedes or a BMW have their own distinct looks that identify the brand, and styling one of their cars to look like a Ferrari or Lamborghini wouldn’t look right. Brand identity is something very important to many carmakers, and they try hard to make their cars recognizably theres. Look at the grill Ford is now putting on all their cars, or Cadillacs vertical headlights and tailights. Same goes for muscle cars like Camaros, Challengers, and Mustangs. They just wouldn’t look right any other way.

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10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

January 9, 2015 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why does Islam seem to have more violent fanatics than other religions?

Several reasons, really.

Firstly: Islam is a particularly all-encompassing religion, in the sense that being a “Muslim” is supposed to be your primary identity and motivation in life. Arguably one of the reasons that Islam got so huge in the first place was that it encouraged the fragmented and tribal arabian peninsula to put aside petty squabbles for the first time and unite for a common cause. Other areas that adopted the religion followed similar paths: It’s a central doctrine that before your race, gender, family allegiance or nationality, you’re a Muslim. This is why historically the Islamic world has historically been organized into large, multicontinental caliphates, and it’s also why Islamism has been a massive issue in the middle east since the fall of the Ottoman Empire: The fragmented, corrupt and secular arrangement of the middle east is a historical anomaly, and one that doesn’t make too much sense from the old school Muslim perspective that the Islamic world should be united.

Secondly: There’s a selection bias in the western media that violent muslims must necessarily be religious fanatics. The Islamic world is a massively diverse place, with lots of different issues other than just religion. Palestinian militants are no more fundamentalist muslims than Irish terrorists in the 70’s were fundamentalist catholics: Religion obviously plays a role, but it’s usually more of a justification than an actual reason. Similarly, the Iranian-Israeli rivalry is typically depicted as a religious one, but in reality the Iranians hate the Saudis almost as much as they do the Israelis (There’s a religious element in the Saudi-Iranian rivalry too, but it’s still not the dominant factor).

Lastly: It only takes a few bat-shit fanatics to make an entire religion look bad. Those guys who killed that soldier in the UK, or that guy who stabbed that filmmaker in the Netherlands obviously make up a tiny fraction of a tiny fraction of the muslim community in Europe. While it’s probably the case that there are more Muslims willing to do violence in the name of religion than there are Christians, with both populations you’re dealing with a minute fraction of the population that really shouldn’t be used to judge the religion as a whole. If the Islamic world were intent on bringing down the west, there would be a lot more of them fighting.

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