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by lizz612
Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 435
Views: 80563

Re: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories

So the sun rises in the east. And the geese fly south in the fall and winter. I look over my house as a child and I'll be darned, if that sun is rising in the east and it’s definitely the fall... why are those geese flying north? Or maybe the geese are flying south, in which case the sun is rising i...
by lizz612
Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

Those who benefit from the privileges bestowed upon them by the patriarchy (society as run by white western males to benefit white western males, the establishment, The Man) have a very hard time seeing how they benefit. This is not a value judgment; I'm not saying you are bad or stupid if you can't...
by lizz612
Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

So beyond the added burden of perhaps having to surmount some false preconceptions of our abilities, the opinion doesn't really seem all that harmful to me. In other words, I just don't care. If you had talked to me two years ago I would have totally agreed with you. Heck, a year and a half ago I w...
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

i personally have a problem with the double standard created by affirmative action programs. for example. about 2 or 3 months back i was sitting in my student union with some friends when this parade of black people comes marching through with banners and what not chanting black power. Now i am not...
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

Man, I'm just pissed that everybody talks about how horrible sexism against women is but nobody ever notices sexism against men. As a sidenote, I'll note that until recently I felt rather feminine due to being smart. It doesn't do men any favors though either, it puts a pressure on them to conform ...
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

william wrote:Also, I'm going to note that most of the girls come to me for help, to counterbalance all the "BUT TEH SMARTEST IN MY CLASS IS A GIRL!".


Let us all remember wisdom of anonymous: "The plural of anecdote is not data."
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

First, if there is no evidence for and against biological factors that give either gender a disposition towards something, then why is it bigoted, ignorant and stupid for somebody to postulate/hypothesize that it could be true. Because it's being used to defend the attitude that these things *are* ...
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

5) Brain development tends to reflect "general intelligence" "ARE YOU SAYING THE WOMYN R DUMB4R TH4N M3N?!?! J00 M4K3Z UZ M3N L00K BADZZZZ OMGWTFBBQ?!?!?!?" *frothing at mouth* I am speechless that this is your summary of people's reactions. Can I get a show of hands on this? Se...
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

....... Now, if you can put 1, 2 and 3 together, we can conclude that hormones can affect how brains develop intellectually. Men and women have different hormones. I'm not saying that this automatically creates intellectual differences. I'm just saying the claim that men and women are "equal&q...
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

Anyway, my experience in calculus has shown me that many girls only perpetuate this stereotype by claiming they suck at math. They often degrade themselves, and talk to each other about it, without any negative remarks from the male students. Hell, the top three students in my class are female yet ...
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

Even so, Math, Physics, and Comp-Sci are immense fields compared to early childhood education. Uh, NO. Early childhood education makes up a larger industry than the other three combined. Math and physics are rather abstract research fields. Even if Comp Sci includes computer programming, we're stil...
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

Actually, there's something called the spatial rotation test in which males consistently perform something like 2 standard deviations better than women. Gays and lesbians are both almost exacttly in the middle. And apparently the most likely hypothesis is that it's biological . No, no, no. First of...
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

Its interesting how fast the "I'm not (-ist du jour), I'm just saying (repeat bullshit from -ist du jour) might be true but we don't know, quit calling me an (-ist du jour)" comes out. No one here, that I can see, has actually called anyone else sexist. But we have been pointing out which ...
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

Blaaah. A nice piece of sugar coated Basic Human Decency. Please, girls do suck at math, and by that I mean - and I shouldn't even have to explain myself - that on average girls are not as good as math as boys. Now if you imagine two gaussians, one with a lower mean, and consider the ratio of boys ...
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

Ah, so I guess the origin is biological, then; it just didn't have to do with the brain so much as the sexual organs. Yes, the fact that our bodies are needed to continue the species is very important, but somewhere along the line it was decided that it was the only thing we could be good at and we...
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

People need to shut up about "evolutionary differences". You cannot seperate people from societal forces. There are no unsociallized people. There is no way of looking only at genetic influence. Even in the event that there some predestined descrepency between male and female brains and t...
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

I think we can't entirely dismiss biology. Biologically speaking, men and women are different. You may be thinking now "Congrats RS you have made a ground breaking discovery...not" but I will continue. Who is to say that these biological differences don't extend into brain. Here is my rea...
by lizz612
Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153699

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

Well, it seems that women have been in a position of being "non-thinkers" for some thousands of years, up until the 17th century or so. Though, that may be my penis-bias talking. I believe the genders were in equal positions during the hunter-gatherer era (women may have even had a little...
by lizz612
Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Using corn to make ethanol: new proof of human idiocy
Replies: 48
Views: 6403

So is anyone contesting the assertion that cheaper ethanol could be produced in the US if a different crop were used? I think cheaper ethanol could be made if we could use a microbe that worked better than brewers yeast, better in that more of the biomass (especially the cellulose) is converted to ...
by lizz612
Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0313: "Insomnia"
Replies: 167
Views: 38957

Re: Dreams

I think I read somewhere, that while you may not be able to process it (tecnically), you don't usually notice when you read something. The 'trick' is that if you try to read something twice, it will very likely be different both times, same with clocks, books, ect. While working for Nordstrom I wou...
by lizz612
Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Using corn to make ethanol: new proof of human idiocy
Replies: 48
Views: 6403

I did some research on this for a paper in my Environmental Chemistry course. I also lived next to the now defunct Gopher State Ethanol plant in St. Paul MN. There were, with that plant, real problems with volatile organic compounds (in other words, it stunk). The other issue is the massive amounts ...
by lizz612
Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: breaking down cellulose
Replies: 20
Views: 3447

Robin S wrote:
grythyttan wrote:What are these bacteria called and where do I find them?
If my memory of A-level biology classes serves, you find them up a rabbit's ass.


1. Find fresh cow pie
2. Take a culture
3. Feed them only cellulose
4. ???
5. Profit!
by lizz612
Fri Jul 27, 2007 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0295: "DNE"
Replies: 145
Views: 45546

Re: funny thing

phalkor wrote:Yay for obedience to anonymous commands!


I put little notes on all the CRTs in lab to try to save electricity. "Turn me off to save the planet." "I eat lots of electricity!" and it worked surprisingly well.
by lizz612
Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lightning Question
Replies: 25
Views: 3797

Lightning Question

So lets say you're in a little open boat in the middle of a big ol' lake. Wind picks up and storm clouds role in. For one reason or another, you can't make it to land in time. Whats the better place to be, crouched (or lying down) in the boat or in the water as far from the boat as you can get? What...
by lizz612
Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0291: "Dignified"
Replies: 120
Views: 32630

I can't be the only person who wants to be the beret person. "The future is an adventure!"
by lizz612
Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can anyone explain this weird reaction?
Replies: 17
Views: 3338

The next question is what would cows milk do? That might tell us if it's something in the soy specifically or if any homogenized protein liquid.
by lizz612
Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 337490

Hi I'm Lizz. I'm a recent graduate with a bachelors in Biochemistry. I'm interested in biochemicals (RNA, proteins, et cetera), evolution, bicycles, and promoting women in science. And getting a job and moving to Chicago.
by lizz612
Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What did you study?
Replies: 89
Views: 13144

Biochem! (voted chemistry since at my college it was a subset of the chemistry department.)
by lizz612
Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Asking for homework help on xkcd
Replies: 30
Views: 4845

Thanks for saying I gave a good hint. I've been a tutor (for credit, cash and free) all through my schooling. My experience has been that asking leading questions about every little step is the best way to help. Then it will come clear where the person missed something, mixed up some steps, or just ...
by lizz612
Tue Jul 10, 2007 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stupid chemistry measurement.. please
Replies: 20
Views: 3599

Lets try to walk through this.
Starting with the 5.2 g/mol, it's 5.2 g of what per 1 mol of what?

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