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by curtis95112
Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Are "logical thinking" tests reliable/meaningful?
Replies: 19
Views: 5578

Re: Are "logical thinking" tests reliable/meaningful?

Note that one factor accounting for ~50% of variability is ridiculously good outside of the hard sciences. The popular media downplay IQ and g so much that most people have no idea how amazing this is.
by curtis95112
Fri May 13, 2016 2:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1164023

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Nah, the problem is that they've very recently questioned assumptions and seen them all fall apart. They used to be completely wrong, but now they know they were wrong. So clearly they must now be Correct TM . Give it a few more iterations. In fact, even in colleges the metagame seems to be changing...
by curtis95112
Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1164023

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

sardia wrote: And that corruption you complain about? The anti-establishment folks are just as corrupt. On no metric or policy proposal are they even close to being anti-corruption.


Without disagreeing with your larger point, is there evidence of Sanders being corrupt?
by curtis95112
Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662787

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I expect self-driving cars will take off long before any of those three possibilities happen.
by curtis95112
Thu Dec 24, 2015 5:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1164023

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I want Trump to win the nomination. If he does, the republican party will fall apart, and hopefully the more reasonable ones can ditch the crazies to form a respectable party again.
by curtis95112
Sun Dec 13, 2015 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama finally, finally comes for your guns
Replies: 86
Views: 18447

Re: Obama finally, finally comes for your guns

I think you're missing the point of having guns, validity of said point notwithstanding.
by curtis95112
Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nuclear split off thread
Replies: 79
Views: 16674

Re: Nuclear split off thread

Would it be naïve to suggest better education and more responsible media as a solution?
by curtis95112
Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1164023

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Trump is dominating in New Hampshire

I still don't think that Trump is actually going to get the nomination, but his ridiculous staying power is disturbing and fascinating at the same time.
by curtis95112
Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nuclear split off thread
Replies: 79
Views: 16674

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Absolutely nothing, unless of course you want to build nuclear reactors. Every bad accident like the one in Japan reinforces the idea that it isn't safe. It doesn't matter if it kills anybody or poisons anything. Telling them that accidents are rare and then having at least three bad ones, ...
by curtis95112
Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nuclear split off thread
Replies: 79
Views: 16674

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I think we need nuclear, but the tech is risky in the sense that it absolutely requires discipline to use safely. And comparisons against coal fail on two fronts even though they are true. 1.Coal mines are a significant, profitable, resource. 2. And one that isn't linked to nuclear weapons and prol...
by curtis95112
Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nuclear split off thread
Replies: 79
Views: 16674

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I would rather have Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile island combined every year than coal. So what do you do when there's no more land left that hasn't been given the Pripyat Special? Taking Coyne's numbers for Chernobyl on faith, we have half a million years until that point, so I'm not overly...
by curtis95112
Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nuclear split off thread
Replies: 79
Views: 16674

Nuclear split off thread

I don't think I'm getting through at all. Every single point that the anti-nuclear side is raising could be completely correct, it would still be completely irrelevant to the cost-benefit calculus because you're missing at least three zeroes. I would rather have Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile ...
by curtis95112
Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662787

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

And all those incidents combined killed less than Hiroshima, which killed less than coal in the last three months. No point in arguing Chernobyl is typical (it isn't), when, if I may repeat myself, Hiroshima every year would still kill less people than coal. Where are you getting these stats? Sorry...
by curtis95112
Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662787

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

And all those incidents combined killed less than Hiroshima, which killed less than coal in the last three months. No point in arguing Chernobyl is typical (it isn't), when, if I may repeat myself,

curtis95112 wrote:Hiroshima every year would still kill less people than coal.
by curtis95112
Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662787

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

There are sixteen thousand kilograms of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium missing. Granted, it's missing from shipments the US has made to other countries, but if the entire United States Government can't keep its eye on nuclear fuel, I hardly trust a profit-making company to do so. 100 grams of ...
by curtis95112
Sun Nov 15, 2015 2:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662787

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Air pollution from coal causes somewhere on the order of a million deaths a year. Even if we take reasonable precautions, as the US does with its coal plants, tens of thousands die every year. This isn't us doing things deliberately with full knowledge of the consequences, this is us being really ba...
by curtis95112
Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1164023

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

To compare, the Dutch government will spend 74.6 billion euros per year on health care, 78.1 billion euros per year on social welfare, 34 billion euros per year on education, 9.9 billion on justice and police departments, 7.5 billion on national defense including military. The natural gas is some f...
by curtis95112
Sun Oct 11, 2015 3:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 32992

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

Honestly, I'm pretty okay with punishing military commanders for bombing an MSF hospital even if the circumstances were beyond their control. Why? Because in any organization, you'd be surprised at how many things are beyond people's control (and quite reasonably so, if you listen to them explain), ...
by curtis95112
Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Military Facilities Child Rape
Replies: 52
Views: 16004

Re: US Military Facilities Child Rape

Nobody expects to completely eliminate child rape. But we can reduce it. I should not have to make this point. You are being willfully obtuse. As for the second point, I still don't see how more bombs is a solution. What was the purpose of attacking Afghanistan and how is bombing them into the stone...
by curtis95112
Tue Sep 29, 2015 8:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Military Facilities Child Rape
Replies: 52
Views: 16004

Re: US Military Facilities Child Rape

Somebody doesn't care. Had we done it the Taliban might have taken the message and done bin Laden. Head on a spike so to speak. Which was the point. No war casualties. No consorting with child rapists. I don't care if they want to rape boys. I care that we became complicit. Who cares how some abstr...
by curtis95112
Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Military Facilities Child Rape
Replies: 52
Views: 16004

Re: US Military Facilities Child Rape

I mean, this is kind of understandable. If you need the cooperation of horrible people to stop something even more horrible, you let them stay being horrible, at least for the time being. You are assuming that the Taliban are worse than child rapists. That's a pretty big assumption. Honestly, I'm p...
by curtis95112
Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Military Facilities Child Rape
Replies: 52
Views: 16004

Re: US Military Facilities Child Rape

I mean, this is kind of understandable. If you need the cooperation of horrible people to stop something even more horrible, you let them stay being horrible, at least for the time being. That being said, One of the soldiers was relieved of his command and then left the military, and the other is be...
by curtis95112
Sun Sep 27, 2015 11:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UN Announces 'Global Goals'
Replies: 51
Views: 13022

Re: UN Announces 'Global Goals'

Lovely. When we encounter that one Who that criticizes the whole hearted efforts of the rest of us.... When we encounter that one Who who will not try (not even a little bit) we'll know it is you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0xQsleqNyQ Needlessly passive aggressive, wouldn't you say? Especiall...
by curtis95112
Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1164023

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Oh believe me, Trump getting elected will bring lots of change.
by curtis95112
Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1164023

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't see why people are so adverse to political dynasties. Sure, we shouldn't favor a candidate because of their name, but we shouldn't ignore them because of it, either. As long as they're competent, what's the issue? It's a priori very unlikely that in a country of 300 million people, three of...
by curtis95112
Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4620
Views: 722586

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I see this all the time in life extension discussions, but I really don't get the mentality that thinks everyone dying is a better solution to overpopulation than everybody not having babies. Also this has been pointed out upthread but even a death rate of zero only accelerates population growth by...
by curtis95112
Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4620
Views: 722586

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I see this all the time in life extension discussions, but I really don't get the mentality that thinks everyone dying is a better solution to overpopulation than everybody not having babies. Also this has been pointed out upthread but even a death rate of zero only accelerates population growth by ...
by curtis95112
Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 39582

Re: Scottish Independence

Why aren't they doing an exit poll?
I suppose vote fraud isn't a concern in the UK but still.
by curtis95112
Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: is mathematics a religion?
Replies: 82
Views: 16735

Re: is mathematics a religion?

55555, You clearly have something to say. Why don't you come out and say it so that we can discuss whatever it is you want to discuss. Is there a proof you've produced but was shot down at some other forum?
by curtis95112
Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A former leftwing radical has been appointed to lead NATO
Replies: 39
Views: 7688

Re: A former leftwing radical has been appointed to lead NAT

That may be the case, but then again pretty much every choice one makes here in life sends out a signal, a signal that others then interprets and act on accordingly. Sometimes those signals are very unequivocal and other times they are more diffuse and vague. Individuals who send out mixed signals ...
by curtis95112
Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts
Replies: 73
Views: 15157

Re: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts

You know that when physicists make approximations, they don't just use incorrect values which are the same to 2 significant figures (which is really an awful degree of accuracy), they use various numerical techniques like series solutions and then only making approximations which are genuinely exac...
by curtis95112
Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is automated spam ever used for good?
Replies: 10
Views: 8331

Re: Is automated spam ever used for good?

I don't see this going well even if it's possible in principle to have good spam. Imagine someone sends an encouraging message to millions of people and people like it. This gets positive media coverage, and suddenly everyone and their grandma are sending these. It's nice to get the first time. The ...
by curtis95112
Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Medical radioactive waste stolen in Mexico
Replies: 45
Views: 8021

Re: Medical radioactive waste stolen in Mexico

Those sources are nasty. I worked at a place that sometimes had them, the shielding containers alone could weigh tonnes. If it's a high activity source such as used in radiotherapy, it will deliver a lethal dose if you are near it in minutes to an hour or so. At touching range (let alone ingestion ...
by curtis95112
Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29605

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

I think the most dangerous thing about this particular book is not the instructions-for-beating or the dehumanization of children, but the assurance that spanking will produce the desired outcome if applied liberally enough, GUARANTEE FROM GOD promise. God is wrong on this one. Next question. God u...
by curtis95112
Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1294: "Telescope Names"
Replies: 89
Views: 23174

Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

orthogon wrote:"Boson" always sounded like a great insult to me. "Jane's new bf is a total boson", someone might say. A portmanteau of "bonehead", "loser" and "moron", perhaps.


Boron is worse.

Oh I see you added loser.
by curtis95112
Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29605

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

It would martyr the author and publicize the book.
I don't see vigilante justice doing any good.
Maybe boycotting the publisher might have an effect.
by curtis95112
Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 31957

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

I'd be surprised if we couldn't recreate flavors well enough to fool everyone.
by curtis95112
Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Dogma in Math
Replies: 98
Views: 14665

Re: Dogma in Math

And supposedly, 0!=1... This makes no sense. 1!=1... Are you trying to say, through the law of equivalency, that 0!=1! ? You also tried to make your question sound sophisticated by invoking the "law of equivalency", which isn't a standard term for anything as far as I'm aware. By context ...
by curtis95112
Tue Nov 12, 2013 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: nouns = fermions, verbs = energy, adjectives = bosons
Replies: 16
Views: 7434

Re: nouns = fermions, verbs = energy, adjectives = bosons

Take a look at this thread: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=89248 Do you see the problems with scratch123's reasoning? I believe you're doing almost the same thing. Just for fun (Note: this isn't the root of the problems in your reasoning, I'm just noting an amusing similarity.): Tech...
by curtis95112
Tue Nov 12, 2013 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Dogma in Math
Replies: 98
Views: 14665

Re: Dogma in Math

I've just started studying programming, and one assignment was to create a program that would return the factorial of any positive integer. So n!=x. Here's where I ran into what I consider dogma. The test of the program included 0. And supposedly, 0!=1... This makes no sense. 1!=1... Are you trying...

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