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tjgkg
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2/21/2015 | 6:50:11 AM
Re: Expectations
Hi Susan, It is so important to treat children with kindness and encouragement. Starting life feeling worthless or not good enough is very difficult. The world can be a cruel place and kids need to feel that they can be successful and bring a lot of talent to the table. Not to the point like you see on some of those early American Idol auditions, but realistic encouragement. Because it only gets tougher as you grow older.
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2/3/2015 | 11:17:54 AM
Re: The end of crime?
@GAProgrammer interesting to know, I could not agree more... but where we should draw a line...??? or should we??? :)
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1/16/2015 | 4:41:31 PM
Nature vs. Nurture
The way the brain works can determine a lot of things about you, but with experience an alcoholic can be in recovery a learning disabled child can still read and be good a math. Nature is who are genes make us, Nurture is how the world changes us. For evidence of this look at studies that focus on identical twins seperated at birth. At birth they had the same brain but often go in different directions depending on the love and care they recieve while going through different life experiences. This brain scan technology could have great benefits to help people use their best gifts and mitigate their worst faults if we use it wisely.
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1/16/2015 | 11:34:53 AM
Re: The end of crime?
@li tan- No, not at all. And it doesn't claim to. At best, what it can do is identify the characteristics of the brain that makes certain crimes possible-- like impulse control. The goal of the study was to simply make better parole decisions by seeing what were the characteristics of people who stayed out of jail a second time and who came back. There's a long way to go before being predictive. But the study was already more accurate than some existing methods we use. 
Li Tan
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1/16/2015 | 10:44:09 AM
Re: The end of crime?
Well, I do believe that this is science but I doubt about the reliability of the test. Can it predict all possible criminals? If someone is predicted to be a potential criminal, what we should do? Arrest him even if he did not commit any crime?
David Wagner
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1/15/2015 | 1:07:24 PM
Re: The end of crime?
@Susan- While I love the thought of nanobots, I still think the vaccine approach or increased early detection is goign to win out. There's no reason we can't train the immune system to do what we're planning on teaching those nanobots to do. And probably faster. Our immune system is amazingly good at adatping and killing things. 

Also, sending genetic signals to cancer cells to behave like "normal" cells has promise, too. I think we've got a better chance of doing either of those faster than inventing nanobots and teahcing them to kill only cancer cells.
Susan Fourtané
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1/14/2015 | 10:15:09 PM
Re: The end of crime?
David, 

There were treatments left, but did it mean she had a chance, or was it more something to extend her suffering for a bit longer? That's the true thing to look into. Because, I am again assuming that if she was ready to die is because she was going to die anyway anytime soon, treatments or not treatments. Probably tolerating those treatments had become too much for her. 

I am assuming if she would have had a chance of survival --which is rare in cancer cases-- she would have kept fighting. Extending her suffering is not giving her quality of life. Forcing her to tolerate her condition is even worse, physical and psychologically speaking.  

If you have a link to this case, I would like to read more about it. So far, I am just assuming the reasons why she preferred to die. I would like to know the facts behind it.

A cure for cancer might come in the form of nanobots implanted into the patient, which could destroy the first cancerigenous cells as soon as they appear, not allowing them to expand to vital organs. Medicine doesn't seem to have advanced too much in cancer treatments. 

-Susan  
David Wagner
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1/14/2015 | 11:02:22 AM
Re: The end of crime?
There were treatments left. That's the problem. But the horrible thing about cancer drugs is sometimes in the moment they feel worse than the disease. A lot of people suffering from cancer feel better (in the short term) without their medicine. It is just an awful disease and I suspect we can always assume some tragedy around it until we find a a true cure.
Susan Fourtané
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1/14/2015 | 1:59:44 AM
Re: The end of crime?
David, 

Yes, yes. I see your point. I agree that courts are on a weird position. But I still think they should have respected the teenage girl. I am assuming there were no more treatments for trying, and/or everything was just too much for her. I read another story recently about a child being hit by a car. Is that the same case? 

-Susan
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1/14/2015 | 1:42:57 AM
Re: The end of crime?
@Susan- To be honest, I don't know enough of the details to have an opinion. But courts ar ein a weird spot. If a parent doesn't do everything to keep their child alive, they could be shunned or even imprisoned. Imagine if a toddler walked into the street and all a parent did was say, "hey, maybe you should come back here" and the child was hit by a car.

Now imagine a parent tried three cancer drugs and there were three more. 

I don't know. But I think that's the problem courts are under. If a parent still has a shot to save their child, society usually says thay should try.
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