If you were given a choice between:
A). The world staying as it is
B) A random 10% of all current people, and all people born from this point forward, getting bending
Which would you choose?
megalomaniacs are far far less than 50% of the population
the inference is that there would be fewer super powered megalomaniacs than there would be super powered individuals
why do people with a poor understanding of probability talk about risk?
no one was a hero in Korra.
the show sucked and all the problems were bullshit ones that the avatar essentially made her self.
maby not Amon, but still.
Amon could have been taken down easy.
Just stab the fucker.
If applied now a-days yes
However magic stifles technological development by proximity
Amon was a retard due to writer contrivance
Face paint? really? a fake backstory wasn't necessary, but the facepaint was just asking to be blown
Zaheer was a retard due to writer contrivance
You can be a political assassin without being public
Kuvira did nothing wrong, except overpower the lotus city, and try to take back the united republic
If she focused on getting her nation back up and running, and out of poverty she would have been completely in the right, and both would have rejoined her in the long run
I wouldnt' want to get in a war with Islamic terrorists using earth and fire bending on their turf. Where I live, there are no bodies of water excluding living organisms anywhere, but the only useful bending would be wind or earth.
>Suyin literally had no reason to not take the reigns of the gov't till things calmed down
She's have to help icky poor people. More importantly, she'd have to help people other than herself.
so you mean they would have no experience with water
The extremists with power would expose themselves because they, like you, think they have an advantage.
Bring blocks of ice you dipshit, freeze and unfreeze with bending them to move them, and you would overpowered them because they wouldn't have any trained water benders, and you would have all 4, not to mention first world countries would have better metal benders, and lighting benders from better/safer training facilities
Where do megalomaniacs shop? at the
mega lo mart
>However magic stifles technological development by proximity
so fucking tech like a god damn mech suit is ok but a steel barrel that fires out a small lead balls propelled by a mixture of sulfur, magnesium, and nitrogen oxide, which you can get with your PEE is a bit to far?
you are moving the goal posts
If powers make people megalomaniacs it can certainly reduce their intelligence
people are only smart because they have to be
besides I prefer smart monsters to dangerous idiots
>If powers make people megalomaniacs it can certainly reduce their intelligence
That's an assumption.
>people are only smart because they have to be
How does that come into play? Smart people would use their intelligence + greater power to get things, just like smart people with power do in real life.
This sounds like post-hoc rationalization and no where near close to her stated in universe reasons
> helping the EK would be more work for no improvement in her quality of life.
> helping the EK would be more work for no improvement in her quality of life.
except there wouldn't be any more "icky poor people"
Her stated reasons don't make any sense, and everything else about her character shows her to be a self-absorbed cunt who gives no shits about anyone but herself and her biological kids.
The fact that she let Kuvira build an empire until she was literally knocking on her door with it shows her attitude reaches self-destructive levels.
can does not mean will
also your entire statement applies to bending also
Its insane BECAUSE magic stifled technological development
Fire benders are the only group who had to develop tech, because fire was a good energy source, but not a very high impact combat tool
Not really. Technology that builds upon magic would be a new field plus most our tech is redundant building on old technology, or things we can already do. We're still building robot hands despite most the population having both hands. We still make MULEs despite more practical means of carrying shit. Some asshole always want some supersonic car
so why would STIFFLING technology allow it to build fucking mech suits, even something WE IN THE MODERN WORLD CANT DO WELL and not invent other simple shit?
How does that make sense even in its own universe?
"Potential" does not an argument make
It is NOT a meritocracy
and you seem to ignore the fact that the equilibrium of the "by chance" COULD be a meritocracy too
possibility is irrelevant
"If you have a hammer every problem looks like a nail"
Superman always solves his problems by punching it or throwing it into the sun, everything else is Writers trying to make hinm seem smart while all they do is make him look retarded
How Mechs? Because Magic!
Not an explanation
I mean to say "as much of a meritocracy as we currently have"
We'd be so fucked if our population were to get bending. Mass killings from our depressed suiciders would be on a larger scale if they had powers. I mean imagine some lonely depressed /pol/ or /b/ mass elemental bending people to death because he couldn't get a girl. Or elemental suicide terrorist attacks from our real world terrorist. I do sometimes wish we could have bending but then I look at how fucked up we'd be if its a 10% chance of someone becoming a bender.
>Superman always solves his problems by punching it or throwing it into the sun, everything else is Writers trying to make hinm seem smart while all they do is make him look retarded
Superman isn't a real person.
Priveledged people in real life do not have reduced intelligence.
>Superman isn't a real person.
>talking about hypothetical super-powered people in a hypothetical world about how their superpower is used, has nothing to do with how their powers are used
>How Mechs? Because Magic!
>Not an explanation
You're right, magic is never an explanation for anything that magical in nature.
islam i could see causing a ruckus, but i think it has more of a chance of starting politically motivate rebellions and insurgencies.
think of the anarchist, right wing, socialist, and communist groups out there.
i mean America has guns, not much would change other than schools would have to beef up security and train students in martial arts.
but imagine china, eastern europe, africa, india, and former soviet sattelite nations.
saying "Intelligence is hereditary" certainly IS racist
What about opposing benders in the crowd in this hypothetical scenario? Unlike a gun, or a knife, or any real world weapon, they can't make you check your magic kung fu at the door. At the very least the other benders in the crowd will fight back against the aggressor out of a sense of self preservation. While the crazy is focused on the other tai chi wizards, the normies evacuate the area, then the metal bender cops show up, detain everyone, cart the crazy of to wing chun sorceror prison, take the other benders statements, then everyone goes their merry way.
>but the idea that humans can be divided into "races" is nonsense.
no it isnt, its a completely logical and scientifically proven subject.
they can tell what nation you came from just by looking at your skull and skeleton structure.
The definitions of "races" are arbitrary and have little connection to genes; two people of the same race will as commonly have less genetic similarity with each other as they do with a random person of another race.
Not to mention that human genetic diversity is laughably small compared to most species.
This is implying suiciders fight fair. They don't, just like real war, it'll just be a hit and run or hit and hide tactics. Even if by some miracle you have one or 2 good benders trying to help, you just can't stop someone from killing themself just to kill you or other. There's so many ways a fire bender could blow themselfs up that it's ridiculous. Earth benders could just sink random people deep into the ground pretty damn quick. Water benders have blood bending and freezing. Air benders, do I even need to explain?
Warping statistics like this is why no one trusts them
DNA CAN DETERMINE GEOGRAPHIC RACIAL HEREDITY
It's because no one credible science or scientists will touch race with a 10 foot pole at the cost of their careers.
you're an idiot if you think thats the case.
genetic diversity within one race is not the same type of genetics they talk about when discussing different races.
a german and a celt are of the white european race and are genrtically diverse but they're closer to each other than they would be say....an asian or a sub saharan.
what do you mean so what? thats very advantageous.
anyone ever thought this is an explanation to why different learning methods may apply differently between two types of people?
understanding a root cause is a step to solving issues.
so teaching "race doesnt exist" and black listing people trying to do research in those fields with ultimately be a disservice to many people, making the PC crowd the fucking racist who marginalize people.
you dont have to be racist to be a race realist.
im a christian form the bible belt and i want to smack your shit sideways for squandering gods gift for us to learn.
because im certain thats horse shit.
until they develope working vocal chords and opposable fingers and thumbs.
then give it time. Crows will have developed simple tools.
>The classification of human races is about as scientific as the classification of film genres.
so....totally legitamate and for a good reason?
also you're full of shit.
also sickle cell.
says the science denier.
Seriously read the thread
those would still be outnumbered unless you think >50% of normal people would become megalomaniacs, and if so you don't seem to understand we would already have a problem bigger then superpowers
So 740 million people in the world get superpowers.
What could possibly go wrong?
Does it stay at a constant 10% say 10% of the population get powers and until someone dies no one else can get them?
>because im certain thats horse shit
>Does it stay at a constant 10% say 10% of the population get powers and until someone dies no one else can get them?
This sounds like a fucking great setting
You got me there, people will definitely become more egotistical and their might be an even greater divide in classes in some countries but there would be to many budding heads for them all to go full megalomania.
Like already stated you are trying to warp statistics into saying that genes cannot determine race
They are just smuggling the expectations of percentages into "variance" which no one denies
A small percentage is still more than enough information for differences to be identified, your sources cite 3 FUCKING MILLION sequence difference between two humans alone, besides that percentage is inflated by junk DNA
So do you get the powers of the person you kill or does it just go to some random guy?
Would there just be groups of hunters out there hoping they randomly get powers by taking them down?
I never said that
Correlation is not causation, but It doesn't have to be
Its still racist
People who select "Black" on their SAT's get +230 points for just showing up, where White and Asians get -100
to reduce the huge margin between the groups averages
I would say that at least 10% of the population are right cunts and giving them the ability to throw fireballs in the middle of traffic or waterbend hot coffee into people's faces isn't going to help anybody. People cannot be trusted with superpowers. People can barely be trusted with the responsibilities they have now.
If we assume that the 10% thing is just a natural law which cannot be broken i.e it's literally a 'one in, one out' system for who gets powers, does genetics come into play at all?
I don't mean 'Would x country have more of this bender type', although that is also an interesting point, but rather, if two benders have a child, does the chance of their child being a bender increase?
People self identified with their religious dogma, and practice, and making known associates squeal, its really fucking easy to identify self identifying groups if your not a reactionary retard
Hell the Allies didn't even know about the concentration camps till he was way beyond losing
Think about it, if he had been slightly prudent about sinking American ships, he would have gotten away with the biggest crime against humanity
Except that it wasn't all just down to religious dogma. For instance, the Ashkenazi Jews were/are distinct enough that even if a person didn't identify as a Jew, you could tell they were from said group.
There's also the poles, the disabled, the Romani...it wasn't all down to people self identifying anon. I mean, it's kind of hard to hide that you can't walk, yknow?
I was only claiming that self identification is inherently verifiable, just like physical disablement, and physical location that you live
Also being in a community IS a self identification
>in terms of looks/genetics isn't
It is verifiable in those terms. If you mean it's not verifiable by genetics your still not clear enough to say "no".
Its not a standard I would use, but its still a standard
>they can't make you check your magic kung fu at the door.
Couldn't they just place a toy in front of them and see how it reacts? Like, how they did in the first episode of the original series to aang?
The family income graphs. I was wondering why they used "more than $200,000" and "more than $100,000" as a cap instead of "160,000 to 200,000" as the former has a larger margin than all the income levels. I guess they found an average within that margin
I can only speculate that that particular jump is due to sample restrictions
Either way If further subdividing would show that the gap narrowed at some point it would need to grow at another to fulfill the average for that bracket
The source is linked so if you want to find their explanation you can
Then that makes half this thread moot, as they assumed bending would give peoples some advantage
But if the megalomaniac has tanks and bending can't deal with it then B isn't even a problem
also TLAB and LOK had tanks you know, benders regularly shat all over them
Considering everyone from this point on gets the abilities to control the elements from thin air, chaos would insue. Remember, the avatar universe has every bender learn marital arts before they can speak properly. Real world martial artists who happen to be in the 10% would become extremely dangerous to fuck around with because now they can basically hit you from more than a 100ft by simply throwing a fist. World governments would have an arms race where they race to be the first nation with a special task force specializing in bending. Normal people who suddenly got bending would freak out, like that guy who got bending and ended up blowing people away, but worse because now fire benders would have the fire department jumping hoops while plumbers now have their hands full, fixing broken pluming caused by accidental water bending.
>They're 10% of the population. The nearest other bender would be a hundred miles away eating doritos
Everybody always highlights how easy it is for water/air/fire benders to kill people. But an earthbender would by far cause the most devastation. Pipelines broken, tunnels collapsed, power/phone lines severed, roads rendered unserviceable, buildings made unstable; modern civilization simply couldn't deal with earthbenders.
I agree, we'd basically have to abandon all of our major cities because any semi skilled earthbender could demolish skyscrapers by themselves by just pulling out a few key chunks, not to mention what they could do provided metalbending is also discovered.
why give 10% of the population, including children and crimminals, the power to destroy an entire building without anyone noticing?
that's jut stupid.
yest, it would. Bending can cause more damage.
All of you!
I would choose to remake the world so that the strong can thrive.
Laws would need to be seriously revised. Most likely it'd be illegal not to register powers, because it gives you access to lethal weaponry (ie bending) without anyone knowing, on planes, in banks, vulnerable facilities etc.
And of course the laws and constant checks alone would cause division in itself.
Basically I see the world devolving to anarchy pretty quickly. Yeah, bending is nothing compared to weapons, but it is an invaluable, hidden ADDITIONAL power that no one can see until it's too late.
Just imagine benders with guns.
>china gets proportionately more superheroes than any other country
>China gets 138 million superheroes, compared to the 3.16 million superheroes the US gets
>china takes over the free world