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Old 01-11-2013, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by RememberMee View Post
Yes, mass catastrophic extinctions are "normal". Mass man made extinction is something that never happened before. There is solid scientific consensus on speciation and extinction rates. There is solid scientific (as in MAINSTREAM science) consensus that current rates of extinctions exceed background rates hundred + times over. Survival of the fittest applies only to normal conditions. Under catastrophic conditions, it's more of the survival of the luckiest whose competition was wiped out by an unforeseen (by evolutionary forces) catastrophe. For some people, for as long as there is a Frankenstein burger on a chemical bun and a remote (PC keyboard) - life is good and "normal" they refuse to see what's coming.
The Earth has been around for millions of years, why you tree huggers refuse to go back any further than couple of hundred years for your history is hilarious......

Why did the Casineria, Hylonomus, Westlothiana and many others go extinct? Humans?

You people slay me with your shortsighted understanding of the Earth....

As far as your frankenstein burgers are concerned take it back to the green living forum where it has previously been debunked 100 times over....

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Old 01-13-2013, 12:01 AM
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Getting back on topic ...

The core issue here is that rapid technological progress yields new avenues for venture capital and thus investment. This has been true forever, all the more so in the past 20 years ever since PCs became cheap and the Internet flowered.

I guess my original post was meant to reflect the fact that mainstream investors are selling high-tech innovation as a means to get joe schmo to invest their money with them because "they know high tech."

This is new because most investment houses in the past typically looked at new markets, new materials, expansion of the established technology, etc. Even PCs were seen as a "green field" offshoot of industry, at least by investment houses. Thus what Fidelity is doing is unique in that they market new technology to expand into new areas.

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:41 AM
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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This might be getting nit picky but you said that rapid technological progress has yielded new venture for capital and investments forever and while that might seem like it to us it today it has been that way only since the late 1800's and most of human society has seen slower advancement. That is important because even today advancement is not constant but becoming faster and that is why we are racing towards the singularity as such a fast speed and why companies like Fidelity are now understanding it.
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