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blacktrance's Opinions

Is genetically modified food safe to eat?      Agree      11 Feb 2011      1 Point
It's definitely safe to eat. There's nothing inherently dangerous about genetic modification.

Is affirmative action fair?      Disagree      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
Exactly. People should be treated as individuals, not as members of any particular race.

Is there a consensus on global warming amongst scientists?      Agree      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
There is indeed a consensus.

Should the United States have Universal health care?      Disagree      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
Health care reform is desirable, but it needs to be made more market-based rather than have increased government involvment.

Is Islam fundamentally a peaceful religion?      Disagree      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
Islam is fundamentally a violent religion, as it is written in the Koran. Fortunately, most Muslims do not follow it to the letter.

Does religion encourage good behavior?      Neutral      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
Religion sometimes causes people to do bad things, and at other times to do good things.

Is life a deterministic consequence of physical laws?      Mostly Agree      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
Determinism is somewhat questionable because of quantum physics, but everything is a result of interactions of matter, and nothing more.

Is the world explainable without God?      Agree      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
Certainly. The world operates under natural laws.

Are biofuels good?      Disagree      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
Biofuels are dependent on government subsidies, which shows that they are inefficient, as they provide no externalities. Moreover, they drive up the price of food.

Is "ought" derived from "is"?      Disagree      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
"Is" claims are claims about reality. "Ought" claims are statements of preference. While "ought" is dependent on "is", "is" does not imply "ought".

Should the world embrace nuclear energy?      Agree      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
It's efficient, cheap (compared to solar and wind), and doesn't need to be bought from the volatile Middle East.

Is optimism rational?      Neutral      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
It depends on who you are. Mostly, realism is the best.

Is rebirth/reincarnation plausible?      Disagree      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
Seeing as how there is no evidence for a soul, no reincarnation is possible, either.

Is there a Law of Karma?      Disagree      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
There is no universal law that rewards the just and punishes the unjust.

Are our enemies innately evil?      Neutral      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
It highly depends on what is meant by "our", "enemies", and "evil".

Is it ethical to eat meat?      Agree      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
I don't believe in animal rights, and meat is delicious, so there's nothing unethical about it.

Is gold a good hedge?      Disagree      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
Gold is a big bubble and currently not worth investing in.

Is abortion morally acceptable?      Mostly Agree      11 Feb 2011      0 Points
Provided that it is in the first trimester.

Are double standards acceptable in dating?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
No. Double standards will only make both sides unhappy.

Are pickup artist strategies morally acceptable?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
No, because they place too high of a value on meaningless sex.

Do pickup artist strategies encourage guys to be fake and shallow?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
PUA techniques work, but only because they teach the male to "go after" a certain kind of female and act as is effective to have sex with her.

Are pickup artist strategies effective?      Mostly Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
I can tell from personal experience that PUA techniques generally work. That doesn't make them worthwhile, however.

Is the model of human nature used by pickup artists accurate?      Mostly Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
PUA techniques work because many people are as they describe.

Is honesty the best policy in dating?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
If you can't be honest, then what's the point?

Does everything happen for a reason?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
This question is largely incoherent. Some things happen because people choose to do them, while others happen as a result of randomness, unintended consequences, or purely natural processes with no human involvement.

Does money make you happy? (specifically: absolute spending power)      Mostly Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Money can't make you happy, but it can remove sources of unhappiness, which will make you better off on average.

Could a computer ever be conscious?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
"If evolution can build a conscious machine, we surely can."

This.

Is the theory of evolution falsified by fossil evidence?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
The evidence is quite clear on this.

Is hope good?      Neutral      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Hope is neither good nor bad. Realism is good.

Does life have a meaning?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Life has whatever meaning we chose to give it. Most of all, life is required for anything else of value.

Would invading Iraq result in a quagmire?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Yes, as it clearly did.

Would the world be better off without the Catholic Church?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Same as all the other religions.

Is God just?      Neutral      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
There is no reason to believe that God exists, so it's impossible to say whether a nonexistent being is just or not. If the God of the Old Testament existed, it'd be questionable whether morality can apply to an all-powerful eternal being.

Is global warming caused primarily by humans?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
The consensus is quite clear.

Does sun exposure cause skin cancer?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
The evidence is rather clear.

Is free will an illusion?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
Determinism and free will are both true. I can choose how I act, even though my will as such does not exist as a physical entity.

Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      2 Points
If a belief doesn't stand up to challenge, it shouldn't be held.

Is self-deception a fault?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
If you avoid reality, it will eventually hit you hard.

Are spiritual experiences evidence of the supernatural?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Spiritual experiences are not evidence of anything.

Can we handle the truth?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
We must handle the truth, because the alternative is worse.

Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Science cannot disprove the existence of a god because theists can always claim that god is undetectable.

Do we have an immaterial soul?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
We have a personal identity, but it is not a soul.

Did complex life evolve through the process of natural selection?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
The evidence is conclusive in this regard.

Obviously not.

Does God exist?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
There is no evidence for the existence of anything beyond the material world. If there is no evidence for something existing, I have no reason to believe in it.

Is the Holocaust a myth?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
The historical evidence is overwhelming.

Is there life after death?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
"If death is the end of life, if man, after his death, is lost for ever, then why should he sacrifice his life so that others may live?"

He shouldn't.

Is revenge OK?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
There's nothing inherently wrong with revenge. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" works best when other people actually do unto you as you do unto them.

Is living forever or having a greatly extended lifespan desirable?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
"Who wants to live to 100? The guy who's 99." - Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Should the burka be banned?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
Using force to make women wear the burqa should be illegal, but if they want to wear it of their own free will, they should be able to do so.

Do condoms effectively prevent HIV?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
The virus cannot pass through condoms.

Is abstinence-only sex education effective?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Only abstinence is 100% effective, but such advice is of limited use when the goal is to reduce pregnancy overall.

Does Protocell work?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
There are no panaceas in medicine.

Does evolution violate the second law of thermodynamics?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
The Earth is not a closed system.

Was oil a motivation for invading Iraq in 2003?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
And what's worse is that oil prices still went up.

Will solar be the biggest energy source of the future?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
I find it rather unlikely. Solar power is relatively inefficient. Nuclear is probably the most viable.

Is Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a huge risk to the economy?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Subsidizing mortgages puts them at below market value, leading to there being too many of them.

Was the US government's $700 billion bailout ultimately good for the taxpayer?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
If the companies made bad investments, they deserved to fail.

Should Julian Assange be considered a criminal for Wikileaks?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
Wikileaks increases government transparency. Hopefully, that will make government more responsible.

Do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      2 Points
The belief that vaccines cause autism is not only not grounded in reality, but dangerous to public health.

Does homeopathy work?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Homeopathy is little more than the placebo effect.

Can reductionist methods help explain consciousness?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Well said, I agree.

Are psychic powers real?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
No good evidence of it.

Do ghosts exist?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Absolutely no good evidence.

Is the Earth approximately 6000 years old? (as opposed to 4.5 billion)      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Geologic evidence proves it quite conclusively.

Is information-theoretic death the most real interpretation of death?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
As there is nothing beyond the material world, the mind is nothing but physical matter. If the physical matter is reconstructed, then the mind will have returned.

Should the US president talk face to face with Iran's president?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Yes. There's no harm in talking.

Is morality objective?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Morality is the end result of the desires and preferences of self-interested individuals.

Is truth relative?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
There is only one truth and one objective reality.

Is the unconscious philosophical zombie possible?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
"Consciousness" is only a concept created by humans. If something has the physical makeup of a conscious being, it is conscious.

Do miracles happen?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
Everything in the world operates under natural laws, and nothing more.

Should Intelligent Design be taught in science class?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Evolution is a scientific theory. Intelligent design is not.

Is capitalism good?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      2 Points
Capitalism is the most moral system, as it allows freedom and is the most efficient.

Should the US Government bail out car companies?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
The government should not be picking winners and losers in the marketplace. If a company is going to fail, let it fail. The taxpayers shouldn't be subsidizing industry.

Does Cap and Trade beat carbon tax for reducing emissions?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
A carbon tax is easier to administer and wouldn't be subject to political manipulations.

Is efficient market theory the best approximation of the truth for the average investor?      Mostly Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Some people possess some information that occasionally lets them outperform the market. Overall, the efficient market hypothesis is a good approximation of reality.

Is democracy the best form of government?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Yes, provided that it isn't an absolute democracy with tyranny of the majority. Despite its heavy flaws, democracy with protections for individual rights is the best of all possible systems.

Does government spending help mitigate a recession?      Mostly Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Yes, but creates the necessity for future tax increases, which will inevitably contract economic activity in the future.

Does minimum wage help the poor?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
A minimum wage makes it illegal to employ workers whose marginal product is less than whatever the real value of the set nominal wage is. That creates a surplus of workers - unemployment.

Are the core truths of science and religion complementary?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
The core truths of science depend on empirical observation. The core truths of religion depend on faith. The two are polar opposites.

Is the death penalty acceptable?      Mostly Agree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
Yes, although it needs reform. As it stands, it's expensive to condemn someone to death, and occasionally innocent people are executed. That's not an argument against the death penalty as a whole, though - only as it currently stands. If someone refuses to respect the right to not be killed, then they give up their right to not be killed, and it is only just for them to be put to death.

Will the WikiLeaks cable leaks do more harm than good?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
Government transparency is a good thing. As long as governments continue keeping unnecessary secrets, organizations like Wikileaks will be necessary.

Should women have the right to vote?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
I don't see how there can be any debate about this.

Must God exist to explain how the universe began?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
No. Everything in the universe operates under natural laws. At worst, we can say that we do not yet know. But it's quite a leap from that to any supernatural being.

Was George Bush a good president?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Two unnecessary wars, social conservatism, bailouts, the PATRIOT Act - overall, quite bad.

Can abortion significantly reduce crime?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
I think the Levitt study is conclusive.

Is the health risk of a psychoactive drug a legitimate reason to make it illegal?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
If people want to harm themselves, it is not the place of government (taxpayers) to stop them.

Should the federal government ban gay marriage?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Same-sex marriage should be legalized nationwide, as it affects no one except those who are participating in one.

Should gay and straight couples have the same legal benefits?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
It doesn't hurt anyone, so same-sex marriage and the like should be legal. There is no reason for homosexuals to not have the same rights as heterosexuals.

Is free trade generally beneficial for a country?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      1 Point
Free trade allows countries to specialize and produce more. It's a great thing.

Should flag burning be legal?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
When you get down to it, a flag is nothing more than one's own personal property. If you can burn a piece of cloth, you can burn the flag. All else is unnecessary sentimentality.

Is censorship acceptable?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Censorship inhibits the free exchange of information, which is vital for a free society.

Did the US Government play a part in the 9/11 attacks?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
It's been conclusively shown that the events of 9/11 were a result of terrorist activity, not government conspiracy.

Does Iraq possess weapons of mass destruction?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
No. The invasion proved that.

Should the US close Guantanamo Bay?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Yes, and the US government should stop using torture.

Should abortion be legal?      Mostly Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Yes, but only in the first trimester. The second trimester is a murky area, and abortion in the third trimester is basically infanticide.

Does drug prohibition reduce drug usage?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Yes. Obviously, if something is illegal and punished by the force of law, there will be less of it. That doesn't mean there should be drug prohibition, however.

Should marijuana be decriminalized?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Yes, but it'd be even better to legalize it.

Should psychoactive drugs be legal?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
If it only affects the user, it should be legal.

Is the war on drugs good policy?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
I personally oppose recreational drug use, but if someone wants to use drugs, it should be legal for them to do so, as they are not inflicting harm upon anybody else.

Should marijuana be legal?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Yes. People should have the right to do whatever they want with their own bodies. Personally, I oppose use, but I do not want to use the force of government to enforce this kind of preference on other people.

Should the United States invade Iraq?      Disagree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
The United States should not have invaded Iraq. It accomplished little but needless deaths and expenses. No WMDs were found, the US hasn't been made any safer, and it only contributes to the US's excessively interventionist foreign policy.

Do Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero?      Agree      10 Feb 2011      0 Points
Yes, provided that they own the property. Individual rights trump public bigotry.

Comparisons with Experts and Influencers

The similarity between blacktrance and each expert and influencer is calculated by looking at how the same questions were answered. These figures are used to calculate conforming, nonconforming, and projected opinions. The accuracy of the analysis depends on blacktrance's coverage, which grows with the number of their opinions entered into TakeOnIt.

Agree
Ayn Rand
Philosopher, Novelist
80% agreement / 18 opinions

Richard Dawkins
Evolutionary Biologist, Writer, Atheism Activist
95% agreement / 15 opinions

Eliezer Yudkowsky
Artificial Intelligence Researcher
81% agreement / 15 opinions

Paul Z. Myers
Biology Professor
81% agreement / 11 opinions

Milton Friedman
Iconic Economist of 20th Century
82% agreement / 10 opinions

Wikipedia
World's Largest Encyclopedia
94% agreement / 9 opinions

Mostly Agree
Barack Obama
United States President
60% agreement / 32 opinions

Robin Hanson
Economics Professor
70% agreement / 18 opinions

The Economist
Politics and Business Magazine
71% agreement / 16 opinions

Ron Paul
U.S. Politician, Libertarian
72% agreement / 11 opinions

Robert Todd Carroll
Philosophy Professor
75% agreement / 9 opinions

Steven Weinberg
Nobel Laureate in Physics
75% agreement / 8 opinions

In-Between
John McCain
U.S. Senator, Republican
52% agreement / 19 opinions

Heartiste
Pickup Artist
48% agreement / 13 opinions

Bill Maher
Political T.V. Host, Comedian
50% agreement / 7 opinions

Kevin Rudd
Australian Prime Minister, 2007-2010
46% agreement / 7 opinions

Old Testament
Bible for Jews and Christians
41% agreement / 6 opinions

Albert Einstein
Physicist, Icon of the 20th Century
58% agreement / 6 opinions

Mostly Disagree
The Catholic Church
Largest Christian Church
31% agreement / 19 opinions

Conservapedia
Christian Encyclopedia
32% agreement / 14 opinions

George W. Bush
United States President 2001-2009
20% agreement / 11 opinions

Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State 2009-, Democrat
40% agreement / 10 opinions

Osama Bin Laden
Former Leader of Al Qaeda
37% agreement / 8 opinions

Donald Trump
American Business Magnate
40% agreement / 5 opinions

Disagree
Deepak Chopra
Inventor of Quantum Healing
2% agreement / 12 opinions

Sarah Palin
Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
16% agreement / 9 opinions

Ann Coulter
Political Commentator
16% agreement / 6 opinions

Roy Spencer
Meteorologist
12% agreement / 4 opinions

William Dembski
Intelligent Design Theorist
0% agreement / 4 opinions

Peter Joseph
Movie Producer
0% agreement / 3 opinions

Conforming Opinions

blacktrance's conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers blacktrance typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Disagree Does God exist?
High Agree Is global warming caused primarily by humans?
High Agree Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?
High Disagree Is abstinence-only sex education effective?
High Disagree Is there life after death?
High Disagree Does astrology work (is personality correlated with the positions of celestial bodies at birth)?
High Agree Is free trade generally beneficial for a country?
High Disagree Do we have an immaterial soul?
High Agree Do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks?
High Disagree Does everything happen for a reason?
High Agree Should psychoactive drugs be legal?
High Agree Does sun exposure cause skin cancer?
High Agree Did complex life evolve through the process of natural selection?
High Disagree Is truth relative?
High Disagree Are psychic powers real?
High Disagree Is the war on drugs good policy?
High Agree Can we handle the truth?
High Mostly Agree Is efficient market theory the best approximation of the truth for the average investor?
High Disagree Does evolution violate the second law of thermodynamics?
High Disagree Must God exist to explain how the universe began?
High Agree Should marijuana be legal?
High Disagree Does homeopathy work?
High Agree Is self-deception a fault?
High Agree Could a computer ever be conscious?
High Neutral Is optimism rational?
Medium Disagree Does Protocell work?
Medium Disagree Will the WikiLeaks cable leaks do more harm than good?
Medium Disagree Should the burka be banned?
Medium Disagree Are the core truths of science and religion complementary?
Medium Agree Is it ethical to eat meat?
Medium Agree Should women have the right to vote?
Medium Disagree Should Intelligent Design be taught in science class?
Medium Mostly Agree Is abortion morally acceptable?
Medium Mostly Agree Does money make you happy? (specifically: absolute spending power)
Medium Disagree Are pickup artist strategies morally acceptable?
Medium Agree Is capitalism good?
Medium Disagree Is censorship acceptable?
Medium Agree Should the US close Guantanamo Bay?
Medium Agree Does life have a meaning?
Medium Disagree Is the health risk of a psychoactive drug a legitimate reason to make it illegal?
Medium Agree Is genetically modified food safe to eat?
Medium Disagree Do ghosts exist?
Medium Agree Is there a consensus on global warming amongst scientists?
Low Disagree Is the Earth approximately 6000 years old? (as opposed to 4.5 billion)
Low Disagree Was the US government's $700 billion bailout ultimately good for the taxpayer?
Low Agree Should marijuana be decriminalized?
Low Disagree Is the theory of evolution falsified by fossil evidence?
Low Disagree Is gold a good hedge?
Low Agree Is Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a huge risk to the economy?
Low Agree Can reductionist methods help explain consciousness?
Low Disagree Is the unconscious philosophical zombie possible?
Low Agree Should the world embrace nuclear energy?
Low Disagree Should the United States have Universal health care?
Low Agree Should gay and straight couples have the same legal benefits?
Low Disagree Do miracles happen?
Low Disagree Should Julian Assange be considered a criminal for Wikileaks?
Low Disagree Did the US Government play a part in the 9/11 attacks?
Low Agree Can abortion significantly reduce crime?
Low Agree Should the US president talk face to face with Iran's president?
Low Agree Is honesty the best policy in dating?
Low Agree Do pickup artist strategies encourage guys to be fake and shallow?
Low Agree Do Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero?
Low Disagree Is Islam fundamentally a peaceful religion?
Low Agree Do condoms effectively prevent HIV?
Low Disagree Was George Bush a good president?
Low Agree Should flag burning be legal?

Nonconforming Opinions

blacktrance's nonconforming opinions are opinions that contradict the group of experts and influencers blacktrance typically agrees with.

Coverage Group Answer Contributor Answer Question
High Mostly Disagree Disagree Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?
High Mostly Disagree Disagree Does Cap and Trade beat carbon tax for reducing emissions?
High Agree Mostly Agree Should abortion be legal?
High Mostly Disagree Disagree Does minimum wage help the poor?
High Neutral Disagree Is free will an illusion?
High Neutral Mostly Agree Does government spending help mitigate a recession?
High Mostly Agree Agree Is living forever or having a greatly extended lifespan desirable?
High Mostly Agree Agree Is democracy the best form of government?
Medium Neutral Disagree Is "ought" derived from "is"?
Medium Neutral Mostly Agree Is the death penalty acceptable?
Medium Disagree Neutral Is God just?
Medium Mostly Agree Agree Is morality objective?
Medium Mostly Disagree Neutral Are our enemies innately evil?
Medium Mostly Agree Agree Would the world be better off without the Catholic Church?
Medium Mostly Disagree Neutral Does religion encourage good behavior?
Medium Mostly Disagree Disagree Should the United States invade Iraq?
Medium Mostly Agree Agree Is information-theoretic death the most real interpretation of death?
Low Mostly Disagree Disagree Are spiritual experiences evidence of the supernatural?
Low Mostly Disagree Disagree Does Iraq possess weapons of mass destruction?
Low Neutral Disagree Are biofuels good?
Low Mostly Agree Disagree Is affirmative action fair?
Low Neutral Disagree Will solar be the biggest energy source of the future?
Low Agree Mostly Agree Is life a deterministic consequence of physical laws?
Low Mostly Disagree Agree Does drug prohibition reduce drug usage?
Low Mostly Agree Agree Would invading Iraq result in a quagmire?
Low Mostly Disagree Neutral Is hope good?
Low Neutral Disagree Should the US Government bail out car companies?

Projected Opinions

blacktrance's projected opinions are opinions blacktrance is expected to have if their opinions align with the experts and influencers that they typically agree with.

Coverage Answer Question
Medium Neutral Is cryonic restoration technically feasible in the future?
Medium Neutral Is a technological singularity likely?
Medium Agree Is cryonics worthwhile?
Low Neutral Does relative wealth make us happier than absolute wealth?
Low Disagree Has feminism gone too far?
Low Disagree Have aliens from outer space visited Earth?
Low Agree Would a rise in global temperature catastrophically increase sea levels?
Low Mostly Agree Is development aid to Africa effective?
Low Agree Is substantially reducing CO2 emissions worthwhile?
Low Mostly Disagree Is Yucca mountain the best place to store nuclear waste?
Low Mostly Agree Is nuclear energy safe enough to justify its use?
Low Neutral Should the US fence its border with Mexico?
Low Mostly Agree Is the IPCC objective?
Low Mostly Disagree Does cryonic preservation with today's best technology cause irreversible brain damage?
Low Mostly Agree Is truthfulness a characteristic of a politician who is good for the people?
Low Disagree Are we prepared for a pandemic?
Low Disagree Can poor eyesight be improved with eye exercises?
Low Neutral Do sunscreens work?
Low Mostly Disagree Is sunscreen toxic?
Low Neutral Can the US military presence in Iraq help create democracy?
Low Disagree Do negative feedback loops mostly cushion the effect of atmospheric CO2 increases?
Low Neutral Is the US Federal Reserve to blame for the 2008 financial crisis?
Low Neutral Can the military presence in Afghanistan help create democracy?
Low Mostly Disagree Are gun control laws a serious breach of civil liberties?
Low Mostly Disagree Is trying to "change the world" foolish?