The Answers

Miguel:
Q: Is existance belief, knowledge, or factual?

A: Well, I personally believe that if a being can conceive itself existing, it is intelligent. However, we will never really know if we exist or not, especially considering how your brain does SO much in terms of seeing. The importance of this being that not only does your mind interpret the objects that you see, so that you and another person can see different things(think Rorschach Inkblot Test), but also that the objects in question can be totally different from each other.
To condense these few sentences, we know it cannot be factual, because of the way different minds interpret the same thing differently, and facts are concrete. Then again, there is the theory(not that implausible) that we could all be constructs in someone else’s game or dream. The movie ‘The Matrix’ helped with this, but also cheapend the theory somewhat, with its fantastical(read: exaggerated) portrayal.

I’m sorry I cannot answer your question. Its philosophy, and philosophy is ANYTHING but concrete.

Max:
Q: Here’s a question: How does the world curb its seemingly-insatiable appetite for fossil fuels?

A: I agree that we should invest, privately, on alternative-energy fuels. The problem, however, is that some don’t produce enough energy or aren’t very practical, ie wind energy and solar energy. Wind mills cannot create enough energy while solar energy can only be practical in continually sunny areas. There may be refinements on these technologies in the future, but until there are, very few sources seem to present themselves. Ocean/river mills can only be placed in certain areas, etc. We could, however, use a mix of all of these, in the most efficient areas possible, as in huge solar farms in southern California, wind mills in the Great Plains, and river mills on the Yukon, St. Lawrence, Missouri, Colorado, and Mississippi rivers. Assuredly, I do not have all the facts on this subject, but thats the way I see it.

Q: Okay, another one: Why do so many people claim to care about the environment, when they obviously don’t care? They demonstrate their apathy every time they take needless trips around town in their gas-guzzling SUV. They illustrate their lack of thought on the concept every time they purchase “individual-sized” and over-packaged products. And they shine a light on their own ignorance whenever they refuse to use compact-fluorescent or LED-based light bulbs in place of far less efficient, but traditional, iridescent bulbs. And what can I say about the people who buy one or two small items at a store, but still insist on a plastic bag to carry them in, when they could easily carry them without a bag? Are these people just apathetic, or are they also lazy and stupid?

A: I think people don’t care, and when the majority say they do, its just for image, like most people who drive hybrids. Another factor is they don’t realize how bad the damage is, since they don’t see it. Americans are becoming lazy, and unless you can shove the ozone(or lack thereof) in their collective faces, they won’t notice or, even worse, won’t care. I didn’t really notice the amount of energy my lamp gave off until last week, when the temperature in my room was 95, while the house was around 90. Add the computer and the Xbox 360, and you have a large problem. Another problem is convenience. Until recently, the more energy efficient light bulbs were more expensive, limiting their use in most homes.
In short, people are lazy, but they also can possibly claim that its impossible to save money and get cheaper bulbs. At least, until you look at how much you save in terms of a bill. 🙂

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