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by RockoTDF
Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1080: "Visual Field"
Replies: 129
Views: 30449

Re: 1080: "Visual Field"

After all these years, xkcd finally talks about psychology without making fun of it.

AND right when I start teaching Sensation and Perception, no less.

Woo!!

Thanks for the teaching tool! Seriously, this belongs in a textbook.
by RockoTDF
Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 79
Views: 97242

Re: Hunger Games

IMO if you haven't read the books, just watch the movie when it comes out. The book was written just like a Hollywood movie, so I expect the movie to about as good as the book. And the scenes in the previews I've seen are taken straight from the book. Then if you get the HG bug you can read all 3 b...
by RockoTDF
Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 79
Views: 97242

Re: Hunger Games

Oh I dunno, I firmly got the impression that she was so furious about Prim that she wanted revenge. Peeta put up a pretty good opposition to her position, but she stood fast. I might be remembering this wrong, but I think Haymitch even said something the effect of 'Are you sure you want this?&#...
by RockoTDF
Thu Mar 15, 2012 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 79
Views: 97242

Re: Hunger Games

I could be misunderstanding you, but my impression wasn't that Gale threw in the towel as much as became something that Katniss was repulsed by. An interesting note too, considering she only barely pulled herself back from crossing that line. I think a key point in the series is that she is bas...
by RockoTDF
Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 79
Views: 97242

Re: Hunger Games

I probably should've put the book down for a while after the bombing so I wouldn't have had such a sour taste going into the end of the book. It felt like Gale basically threw in the towel because he "couldn't protect her family" after Prim died, and less of a conscious choice...
by RockoTDF
Mon May 30, 2011 4:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 16 Year old charged with murder after cop shoots his friend
Replies: 138
Views: 12125

Re: 16 Year old charged with murder after cop shoots his fri

Actually, yes I am. I had a brain fart when I was writing last time. I wouldn't go that far. There should be a specific crime for those who set out to threaten life with little or no intention of actually taking it, whose actions lead to them being in a situation where they kill somebody. Armed ban...
by RockoTDF
Sun May 29, 2011 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 16 Year old charged with murder after cop shoots his friend
Replies: 138
Views: 12125

Re: 16 Year old charged with murder after cop shoots his fri

I'm not sure how we can call this murder. Yes, the kid was indirectly responsible for the death. It is at worst involuntary manslaughter. It makes no sense that a drunk driver can kill someone and get manslaughter for a decision that is a more "direct", yet someone else shot this kid and ...
by RockoTDF
Sat May 28, 2011 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 16 Year old charged with murder after cop shoots his friend
Replies: 138
Views: 12125

Re: 16 Year old charged with murder after cop shoots his fri

So are you against the idea of felony murder in general, or just in this application? This application. I'm not sure what I said that would suggest that I'm against felony murder. As a 16 year old, I'm kind of offended by the amount of patronization that's going around here. At my age, should we re...
by RockoTDF
Sat May 28, 2011 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 16 Year old charged with murder after cop shoots his friend
Replies: 138
Views: 12125

Re: 16 Year old charged with murder after cop shoots his fri

I'm not sure how we can call this murder. Yes, the kid was indirectly responsible for the death. It is at worst involuntary manslaughter. It makes no sense that a drunk driver can kill someone and get manslaughter for a decision that is a more "direct", yet someone else shot this kid and h...
by RockoTDF
Fri May 27, 2011 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 16 Year old charged with murder after cop shoots his friend
Replies: 138
Views: 12125

16 Year old charged with murder after cop shoots his friend

This is just a bizarre law. A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder after a Chicago police officer fatally shot his 15-year-old friend Wednesday on the South Side. Brandon Ross and his friend Tatioun Williams allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint in the 7000 block of South Cregier Avenue Wednesd...
by RockoTDF
Fri May 27, 2011 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

RockoTDF, what might be more convenient is not, in any way, a convincing argument about what is actually true. It'd be really nice if you could stop trying to argue that something is true because it would be better that way. Not to defend Rocko (since he's still quite guilty of perpetuating the fal...
by RockoTDF
Fri May 27, 2011 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Failure of American Schools
Replies: 124
Views: 11265

Re: The Failure of American Schools

So, what *is* wrong with US schools? - Expectations are low and tests are simple. Almost all tests are multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank or true-false. Almost all tests are open book or open notebook or both. There are event take-home tests or students might continue a test in the next lesson. Stu...
by RockoTDF
Fri May 27, 2011 6:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Failure of American Schools
Replies: 124
Views: 11265

Re: The Failure of American Schools

Actually, the truth is, I've never really been convinced that there is a real problem with our schools. Most of them work just fine, and most kids learn well enough in them. I'd imagine that better funding mechanisms would probably help, but we aren't really far behind other countries, those other ...
by RockoTDF
Fri May 27, 2011 2:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nature wins again: Brain Link edition
Replies: 27
Views: 3408

Re: Nature wins again: Brain Link edition

Why are you glad? They can open up a lot of knowledge about how the brain works and information is shared. Things we learn from these kids could have potential in constructing neural prosthetics and things we can't imagine yet. It isn't like human research means we are going to cut them open and me...
by RockoTDF
Fri May 27, 2011 2:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

RockoTDF, what might be more convenient is not, in any way, a convincing argument about what is actually true. It'd be really nice if you could stop trying to argue that something is true because it would be better that way. Not what I am doing. I am saying that parts of the "it must be nature...
by RockoTDF
Fri May 27, 2011 1:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kansas state rep that compared rape to a flat tire
Replies: 23
Views: 2518

Re: Kansas state rep that compared rape to a flat tire

Just so you know, Mulvane is basically in BFE, and many in the statehouse, especially from rural Kansas, only have a high school diploma or less, so I'm not surprised about this. *sigh*...Sometimes I hate this state. Apparently not DeGraaf, though. Almighty Wiki says he's a '79 grad of the Air Forc...
by RockoTDF
Fri May 27, 2011 1:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

I'm saying that a purely biological based understanding could result in a genocide against people that are different because they are not allowed to be born in the first place, or are changed so that they are "normal." Oh, and, genocide against people that are different doesn't require a ...
by RockoTDF
Fri May 27, 2011 12:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chuck Palahniuk Book On Trial In Turkey
Replies: 25
Views: 3224

Re: Chuck Palahniuk Book On Trial In Turkey

Turkey is never going to get into the EU pulling crap like this.
by RockoTDF
Fri May 27, 2011 12:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

Your argument seems to imply that sex, gender, and sexual orientation are all purely biological. If by gender you mean gender identity (I wish after my educational post you would stop using gender without making clear which of the potential meanings you refer to in a debate that very strongly relie...
by RockoTDF
Thu May 26, 2011 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

I'm not talking about sexual orientation in the slightest, that is a separate issue (and one that I think is probably more rooted in biology than gender, but that is a different discussion). I'm not saying that *you* should have automatically learned an identity, I'm saying that you learned what it...
by RockoTDF
Thu May 26, 2011 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

I am saying that if gender identity is learned (which it mostly is, from what I gather) it probably comes from gender expression and social learning at a young age. Yeah, cause this totally doesn't reek of "if we make the childrens act all heteronormative and stuff then they won't turn into on...
by RockoTDF
Thu May 26, 2011 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

For fuck's sake, really? "I don't know what it's like to feel gender so obviously it wouldn't exist if we took apart gender roles, and also stop being angry! I'm going to assume that this post is targeted at me based on this statement, which sounds like you mocking one of my points. (disclaime...
by RockoTDF
Thu May 26, 2011 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

Apologies for the double post. I have been PMing another user, and it has been made clear to me now that I made a critical mistake in explaining myself that perhaps led to a lot of offense. I do think that people feel a gender identity . I feel male, others feel female, etc. However, I am saying tha...
by RockoTDF
Thu May 26, 2011 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

And if said minority wants progress they have to educate people. As a member of the atheist/agnostic community I feel like it is my damn job to educate people that I am not an immoral, unloving <insert negative statement here> person. It's okay for you to take on that job if you want, but it's also...
by RockoTDF
Thu May 26, 2011 6:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

I never meant to imply that I could understand what it is like to be a trans person. I know I can't. What I am saying that I should be able to get an argument about gender expression that should really not be tied up in the fact that I am not transgendered. I never made being trans or not my point,...
by RockoTDF
Thu May 26, 2011 6:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

But you can't get it. There are a million little exercises to put you in a trans' person's head. "Imagine if..." But on a gut level, no. I can't understand what it's like to be black, or a war veteran, or a holocaust survivor, or born male, or asexual or trans. I can imagine, and I can pr...
by RockoTDF
Thu May 26, 2011 5:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

What I'm saying is that if there is no gender expression, there can't be much of a social pressure that is incongruent with your feelings (I don't see what else is left to be incogruent) . And that is my point. There is no way for you "see it" without experiencing it. It's like trying to ...
by RockoTDF
Thu May 26, 2011 3:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

Why don't you read the damn post that I linked instead of asking me to re-explain myself. I did, and I still think you are confounding sex and gender. You cite an incongruency between how you feel and how society thinks you should feel. What I'm saying is that if there is no gender expression, ther...
by RockoTDF
Thu May 26, 2011 1:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nature wins again: Brain Link edition
Replies: 27
Views: 3408

Re: Nature wins again: Brain Link edition

That's pretty cool. The thalamus does a lot more than just sensory relay though - it's the output for a lot of the basal ganglia loops that have all sort of functions, as well as connections to pretty much everywhere else in the brain, so I wonder what else they share besides being able to sense wh...
by RockoTDF
Thu May 26, 2011 1:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

Why are you assuming that the kids are transgendered when they aren't old enough to really understand what that means? Logic does not work that way; "I don't know if A is B" is not the same as "A is not B". "Not assuming a child's gender to be ____" is not the same as ...
by RockoTDF
Wed May 25, 2011 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

Assuming that gender is a purely social construct is just as ignorant as assuming that it is purely biological. This can be said about pretty much any aspect of human behavior. Disentangling the two is a real pain of course, but we are not blank slates. That is not the assumption I wanted you to st...
by RockoTDF
Wed May 25, 2011 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Duke Nukem Forever. Seriously.
Replies: 197
Views: 29749

Re: Duke Nukem Forever goes gold

I recall someone on slashdot saying once that in the time it took to make DNF that he was a kid, went to high school and college, and is now in the gaming industry and therefore could have been on the development team.
by RockoTDF
Wed May 25, 2011 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

I just can't help but think that they're actually alienating their child from other adults though. Specifically not telling them the sex of the kid basically states to other adults that the parents don't trust you and that you should stay away from this child because you're going to be the reason t...
by RockoTDF
Wed May 25, 2011 4:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 22886

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

Why do the parents need to go as far as to ignore gender? Why can't they just let the kids do what they want, and tell them "it's ok for boys to wear dresses and girls to roll in the mud?" (etc, etc) It seems to me like going as far as they have is adding a layer of *potential* future prob...
by RockoTDF
Wed May 25, 2011 3:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.
Replies: 59
Views: 7726

Re: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.

I wish the behaviorists were back in charge of psychology. Evolutionary psychologists love behaviorism. Behaviorists love evolution but evolutionary psychologists do not like behaviorism. In fact, most evolutionary psychologists don't even seem to understand behaviorism. They don't like the pure ra...
by RockoTDF
Wed May 25, 2011 12:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.
Replies: 59
Views: 7726

Re: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.

KingofMadCows wrote:I wish the behaviorists were back in charge of psychology.


Evolutionary psychologists love behaviorism.
by RockoTDF
Tue May 24, 2011 3:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.
Replies: 59
Views: 7726

Re: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.

IMHO, one problem compounds the other - because of its major methodological shortcomings, most particularly the failure to subject adaptive hypotheses to experimental testing before assuming their validity, it's easy for those in the field to promote claims rooted in their own personal biases (cons...
by RockoTDF
Tue May 24, 2011 2:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.
Replies: 59
Views: 7726

Re: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.

I'm not a biologist and I know that Mokele is. My problem is not with criticisms of the scientific quality of the field. Rather, my problem is with people like Jahoclave who directly say that explaining a psychological phenomenon in biological terms rooted in evolution means someone is racist/sexis...
by RockoTDF
Fri May 13, 2011 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0898: "Chain of Command"
Replies: 73
Views: 20084

Re: 0898: "Chain of Command"

Not to mention that no nuclear weapon can be launched by a single person. Still a funny comic.
by RockoTDF
Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 83507

Re: 0882: "Significant"

though simple significance tests, like significant digits, must be accounted ineluctably silly, the joke is on those of us who say so : in this example, that one of twenty results should have proved 'significant' is no surprise; that that one should have turned out to be the one involving jelly bea...

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