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A few weeks ago, I wrote that China and not the United States would take the lead in genetic engineering for humans.
It was reported two days ago that a Chinese company is buying a U.S. DNA sequencing firm.
It’s just as I predicted.
September 19, 2012 | Permalink
I think a lot of people anticipated this. China doesn't have our PC hangups about genes and human differences.
September 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Constant posting about your alleged prediction success is getting annoying. Almost as bad as your completely ignorant military analyses. How about retracting some of your many failed speculations? The "Iran hacked our top-secret drone" incident comes to mind.
Dr. Grzlickson |
September 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Plus there is the project with BGI that Steve Hsu is working on.
September 20, 2012 at 04:55 AM
There's a good post on the acquisition of Complete Genomics by BGI from an industry participant at this link --
September 20, 2012 at 07:12 AM
"It's just as I predicted."
Teacher will be sure to put a golden star star on your chart.
September 20, 2012 at 07:45 AM
"Constant posting about your alleged prediction success is getting annoying."
It is kind of fun. And if you don't like it, stop whining and go somewhere else. Maybe start your own website. Otherwise, STFU.
September 20, 2012 at 08:07 AM
They are buying a firm that is not worth all that much. Maybe there's a massive undiscovered value that the Chinese buyer sees, but their history in the solar industry makes it more likely that this is just SACAC giving somebody permission to spend some money.
September 20, 2012 at 09:00 AM
OT - has the McCarren pool become safe all of a sudden?
September 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM
John Derbyshire predicted this would be the end of US scientific domination -- neither our right or left wing wants intelligence proven to be genetic, and politics has more clout than science in our country.
September 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM
HS -- Why do you approve comments like those made by STFU? We are better than the proles who engage in back-and-forth sniping.
September 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Pftt okay. Until China does anything themselves I won't believe they have the ingenuity to do shit. Japan, Korea, Taiwan yeah, but as for China, not yet..
September 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM
****We are better than the proles****
This thread becomes a farce in 5... 4... 3... 2...
Samson J. |
September 20, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Did you send your saliva in to be sequenced by BGI HS?
Nicolai Yezhov |
September 20, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I actually got into a very long and contentious discussion about HBD and MRM politics on a gaming forum. I'd liken that to a microcosm of society. Basically this is still an uphill battle that can be won so long as everyone knows you're not a prole white. Whenever you're called a racist or sexist what they're saying is that you're a prole. The assumption being that the more educated and higher class the more liberal and utopian. So no Samson the only people who hate the proles are SWPL not us.
September 20, 2012 at 02:39 PM
John: "I think a lot of people anticipated this. China doesn't have our PC hangups about genes and human differences."
Conquistador: "Whenever you're called a racist or sexist what they're saying is that you're a prole. The assumption being that the more educated and higher class the more liberal and utopian. So no Samson the only people who hate the proles are SWPL not us."
Well I hate the proles because I come from them and have had to deal with too much prole and lumpenprole behavior in my life. I also hate them because as soon as anyone finds out I'm from proledom I'm automatically dismissed as a mouthbreather, even and especially by the types who claim to be oh so non-judgmental.
September 20, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Assonance: "HS -- Why do you approve comments like those made by STFU? We are better than the proles who engage in back-and-forth sniping."
You sound like a Beta Herb or SWPL woman; guys have no problem with fighting to establish a hierarchy, only feminine people have a problem with that and insult it as "prole" or whatever.
September 20, 2012 at 03:07 PM
U Mad bro?
You sound like an internet tough guy. Keep trollin'
September 20, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Can you provide a link so we can view the discussion?
Also, the BGI work will spread awareness through the US with talks like this to google.
September 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM
"It is kind of fun."
No, it isn't. So you're outvoted. Leave this site immediately and never return.
Able To Communicate Without Profanity |
September 20, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Agreed but I also admire the common sense of the common man.
September 20, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Nothing STFU said was out of line. Frankly I'm surprised Half Sigma tolerates so many personal criticisms. I've been banned from other blogs for a lot less. One time I refuted a blogger and the commentators agreed with me. Shortly afterward when the thread was dead I was banned permanently. On another liberal blog (Robert Lindsay) I was banned as well on similar grounds.
September 20, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I go by the name Binary Helix. I can't remember if my display setting are different than the default ones but my first post should appear on the middle of page two.
I was outnumbered and got little support but I did get private messages from people saying they agreed. Much like real life people are afraid of the SWPL inquisitions.
I'm banned from the site now. Hopefully it's temporary though I suspect not. :(
September 20, 2012 at 09:07 PM
You sound like an internet tough guy. Keep trollin'"
You sound like a basement-dwelling dweeb who spends too much time playing video games, so apparently you're projecting the "internet tough guy" thing onto me; I'm just an Omega who has reached their breaking point and I really don't care about other people or the games they play anymore, so I'm free to call 'em as I see 'em.
Now go back to status jockeying on COD or WOW.
September 20, 2012 at 09:37 PM
***So no Samson the only people who hate the proles are SWPL not us.***
Thank you (sincerely) for the useful, serious comment. I think there's a great deal of truth to what you've said. I take issue, though, with the idea that there is an "us" at Half Sigma's; one of the reasons I enjoy it here is that it's a fairly unique blend of different perspectives, some of which are certainly SWPLesque if not outright SWPL - for instance, the continual and fascinating (to me) rabid mania to avoid association with anything bearing even the scent of prole.
***I also hate them because as soon as anyone finds out I'm from proledom I'm automatically dismissed as a mouthbreather***
Sounds like you're hanging out with the wrong crowd!
Samson J. |
September 20, 2012 at 09:55 PM
HS is desperate for confirmation of his (rather pedestrian) "predictions" because he thinks it reflects his future time orientation.
It's so cute and sweet.
September 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM
"HS is desperate for confirmation of his (rather pedestrian) "predictions" because he thinks it reflects his future time orientation."
Sometimes I think he just has to be trolling the commenters.
September 21, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Conquistador, you were kind of bull-headed in that video game thread. You should learn to joust lightly with people, otherwise you're giving your opponents the opportunity to make the type of self-congratulatory comments made in that thread.
I did register there and tried to post, but I wasn't able to. Are you not allowed to post in certain threads once your account has been approved?
September 21, 2012 at 09:18 AM
You need to register the correct game to access it's corresponding forum (Mass Effect 3) in order to post. At any rate the thread was locked. Truth is most of them are hardcore liberals. It doesn't matter what way you frame stuff you'll still see snarky self congratulation just like in real life (Republicans are the stupid party). They'll change with age. They all do.
It's hilarious because Mass Effect 3 ignited a massive fan backlash but most of the idiot liberal fan base doesn't realize their own liberalism destroyed the game (much like how they don't know liberalism destroys everything else too). To the uninformed Bioware were once the darling of the gaming universe. They too have fallen off a cliff in quality by having succumbed to PC. It started with Dragon Age 2 where everyone in your party was gay/bisexual, then in The Old Republic, and finally in Mass Effect 3. These three games have sunk Bioware’s reputation and their publisher’s finances but the gayness was merely one symptom of the PC. The bad plots, idiotic endings (depression means art) and various other shortcomings can all be attributed to the liberal mindset of the people in charge. Bioware’s fall from grace is an astonishing example of the disconnect between the minds of liberal pseudo-artists and what most gamers (ironically even those who’d most likely self-identify as liberals^^) want in their entertainment. What did the gay romance option add to the game, substantially? Nothing. But it certainly did take away resources – monetary and work-force – from fine-tuning the rest of the game. The irony here is that many gamers saw DA2 as a cannon shot across Bioware’s bow. After that one they thought surely Bioware, once the prime producers of western RPGs would have listened. But no. Everything that made DA2 bad was in ME3, and doubly so.
September 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM
The company was struggling and they don't even make their own equipment. I have worked in the biochemistry field during summer fellowships while in college. Much of the equipment is American, European, and Japanese in that order. In the United States, you can actually have DNA, at least for bacteria, sequenced at a relatively cheap price per base pair. I don't see how a business like this could stay in business with all the inexpensive options. Furthermore, the price is constantly coming down and the equipment is quickly becoming obsolete. This was a good sell.
Just my opinion. I do agree with HS's assessment of Chinese willingness to study the genetic components of intelligence. I just think this was a dumb buy by the Chinese. Personally, I think they bought the company to learn how to set up similar operations in China. That is the only way they could get a ROI that others could not see.
de Broglie |
September 21, 2012 at 03:52 PM
***It's hilarious because Mass Effect 3 ignited a massive fan backlash [etc.]***
I'm very glad to hear this. The last video games I played were Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 (which I loved and have fond memories of, and were good partly *because* they were juvenile and "sexist"), and I had heard about the unbelievable liberalism that crept into subsequent games. I'm glad to see that I am not alone in being pretty dismayed about it.
Samson J. |
September 21, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I agree, Conquistador. The option of having a same-sex relationship with other crew members didn't mesh well with storyline, since Shepherd was portrayed as heterosexual in previous games. There are no clues that Shepherd is bisexual in ME1 and 2. ME3's story was a mess (why would the other species sacrifice themselves to save earth?), but for some reason fans complained about the ending, which was open-ended like the first two games.
September 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Wow, a lot of Mass Effect players here as I can reckon.
I basically agree with all of what's been said, ME3 was a catastrophe that brought a miserable end to an otherwise incredible series. It hasn't anything to do at all with the ending cinematic and the Catalyst; the game just sucks, from beginning to end. I could write a book on it but just don't have time/motivation to dwell on that.
Four short points :
(a) Evil/good choice in ME3 amounts to deciding between giving the Krogans a cure or not [I wanted to ally with Cerberus, dammit, not fight them]
(b) 80% of the variables registered in the first two games were not used
(c) Gayness and anti-racism pushing going a bit too far
(d) Small incoherences and imperfections that, once added together, remove all immersion and therefore all pleasure.
I don't even feel like downloading the DLC "Leviathan", to be honest.
Conquistador -> Is it brave, or foolish to do HBD propaganda on forums? Don't know. Personally I know my blood pressure would kill me rapidly if I attempted that.
I don't think the solution to the HBD problem is activism, since you will never convince people outside of the nerdy community, who has virtually no influence on the real world.
September 22, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Tired of the self-congratulatory tone on this blog. Can you write a single post without patting yourself on the back in some fashion?
September 24, 2012 at 04:31 PM
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