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  1. Daedalus

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    Nah, Oxford is notoriously inferior to Cambridge. It also spits out ex-Etonian politicians <content deleted for being inappropriate> By all means apply to Cambridge, though. With a great IB prediction; a good personal statement (& explanation for the GCSEs); and sparkling reference, you should do fine. Cambridge also interviews a higher proportion of their students (ie trusts grades less). Merry mistchras!
  2. Two disturbing trends. The mental illness thing: it's an analogy that is absolutely inappropriate. It's like me saying religion is a disorder (except one which, unlike homosexuality, does not manifest in our evolutionary predecessors, nor other animals for that matter...). And anyways: guys, how does religion come into this? Since when has religion been a factor when it comes to human rights? Separation of the church and state, kids. No one religion can have precedence over others when it comes to the establishment of law. And if you want to use the Bible to back up your homophobia, you better
  3. This is probably awkward and horribly complex to code (what do i know?) but it would be quite awesome if we had live searches in the facebook sense -- type something in the search bar and have a couple of results spat out instantly, as if from a drop-down list or something. PS - links on the profile feed pages, when long enough to (apparently) require a "..." don't work, in my Chrome browser and Mac 10.7; the actual "..." gets rendered in the url when opened.
  4. Spanish was my fourth language when I took the ab initio course in 1 year, with no previous experience. I mean, regulations are lax, you can probably get away with it. But do you really need to, after four years??? Ab Initio is a joke.
  5. No, it doesn't work that way. There are so many statistics to think about ... for example, ratio of students who receive places to students applying. You can reasonably expect this to be around 5% in an Ivy League uni (I think), 8% vs. 5% doesn't make much of a difference. And then there's also the general academic standard for applying; at Oxbridge pretty much everyone will have A*AA or 40+ IB points, but averages vary within courses. You could have higher admissions rates AND a higher standard of applicants. And you have to remember all the other stuff that comes into play like extra-curricu
  6. Time to take the red pill -- Take me out, G. Oh, by the way, some of my posts might be worth keeping..
  7. Talk about how we can know whether an aspect of personality like sexual orientation is determined by external or internal factors (you can bring in: nature vs nurture; determinism, free will, etc.). It's sort of looking at ignorance as well, and generally (largely implicitly, I would imagine) being sappy (not that I'm recommending anything else!) about accepting difference and co-existing and stuff, and looking at how knowledge can change the world, how ignorance ("knowledge" minus justification for example) can damage it, like kids getting their gayness "beaten out of them" (or not). How what
  8. Who the hell is Lars Breivik? I hope u dont mean Anders Breivik, the guy who committed mass murder in Norway...
  9. That's just like the law of life. Name one person in the world who was successful - instantly. Queen of England, basically. JK Rowling, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, any number of philosophers, scientists, writers, poets, painters, inventors -- everybody who was ever successful endured failure first. It's just that for most people, failure is a permanent state.
  10. I don't think absolute moral judgments in this context are justifiable. On the other hand, if you think of a functioning society and what it enables the individual to do, there's an argument to be made for compromising various liberties for the collective good. And any society without a fundamental law against murder would be deeply dysfunctional. This is a good way to look at religions too; for example, part of the reason that Christianity and Islam are such major worldwide religions is that they both have taboos on both murder and suicide.
  11. It depends, mostly, on the extent. Extremely extroverted people are - in my experience - dependent on constant social interactions for their self-esteem. They're less emotionally stable and possibly poorer at problem-solving and other intellectual skills that require no social sense. Extremely introverted people, on the other hand, are just awkward and often incapable of forming meaningful relationships, especially with people they haven't known for a long time. It's pretty easy to change your personality in this respect, though. Awkward? Go out more, meet people, take risks. Can't be alone? B
  12. Lol, and the media spreads these lies because ... all reporters have large cocks or (in America's case, and/or) big breasts? This is silly. AAs obviously aren't as attractive as a nice C or D. People's preferences vary, obviously, but most people prefer decent sized breasts, for whatever evolutionary reason. More milk or something, healthier offspring, whatever. And yes, penile length matters. All other things equal a guy with a longer penis will probably give the girl more satisfaction. That doesn't mean people with small penises (or Asian ancestors) should despair - you can still give her an
  13. 1. The five people you meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom 2. The God of Small Things – Arundathi Roy. All I know about this book is that it won the Booker Prize -- ergo, go for it. 3. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger. This is more like 8th grade reading material ... not complex enough, I think, plus decades of analysis will leave you without anything original to say. 4. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak 5. Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini. I've only read his other novel, but based on that and some of the reviews this would be an excellent choice. Comparing it to another book might expedite
  14. To be happy, whatever that means to you.
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