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by jewish_scientist
Mon May 20, 2019 12:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Airport Endangers Machu Picchu
Replies: 5
Views: 795

New Airport Endangers Machu Picchu

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/may/15/archaeologists-outraged-over-plans-for-machu-picchu-airport-chinchero?utm_source=pocket-newtab For the most part, the article is exactly what you would expect. I am not that it is a bad article or that this is not a significant news story, just that the...
by jewish_scientist
Sun May 19, 2019 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life in hyperbolic space
Replies: 9
Views: 955

Re: Life in hyperbolic space

I do not know much, but I do know that sports would be a lot less fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6Got0X41pY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDJKFcZ0Kkg&list=PLt5AfwLFPxWIIqocD2xZGATsbe8hwpcI1&index=3&t=0s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpMMtm437MU&list=PLt5AfwLFPxWIIqocD2xZGA...
by jewish_scientist
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4992

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

How are you expecting to make a system to care for something you can't even be bothered to define? Lets say a natural disaster happens and the government comes to a group of philosophers and asks, "Who should we send supplies to first?" The philosophers can have a very intense and product...
by jewish_scientist
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Describing the Meaning of Literal Text
Replies: 2
Views: 1929

Re: Describing the Meaning of Literal Text

If anyone cares, I found what I was looking for. Fabula refers to the events that happen in a story and syuzhet refers to how a story is presented. I actually found an article that directly talks about the fabula and syuzhet of "The Bluest Eye".
by jewish_scientist
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4992

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

Angua, maybe we can get around the whole problem of defining health. If we define healthcare as 'any good or service designed to improve health' and define a health care system as, 'any social system designed to provide healthcare', then we do not actually need to need an exact definition of health....
by jewish_scientist
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4992

Purpose of a Healthcare System

I have this idea for how healthcare should be provided in an industrialized, Western society, but there is a really big flaw. There is one underlying assumption, without which the whole argument in favor of this system becomes magnitudes weaker. "The purpose of a healthcare system is to provide...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631931

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

R.I. tries to crack unsolved murder, missing person cases with playing cards

I got really excited because thought it they were something like this, but actually they are just regular playing cards with the info for cases printed on each one. Still is a nice story.
by jewish_scientist
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ads on the night sky
Replies: 8
Views: 1828

Re: Ads on the night sky

After thinking about it, I realized that a libertarian would actually argue that space is the new Commons and therefor should be sold* to rich people to do whatever they want with and then argue that looking up implies consent . *Who exactly should organize the sales and who should get the money fro...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?
Replies: 16
Views: 2297

Re: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?

I simplified the complicated and multifaceted process of how to secure funding for research because my question is not about that. My point is that because scientific research is inherently different from mathematical research, I do not understand how mathematicians who are not like geniuses like Ga...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ads on the night sky
Replies: 8
Views: 1828

Re: Ads on the night sky

Am I the only one who read this and thought, “Wow, that is going to really mess up the environment.” I mean, birds have had trouble with bright lights in the past. Just imagine how out of sink you can make animals sense of time by adding a new light-source in the sky. Fortunately, I doubt that human...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?
Replies: 16
Views: 2297

Re: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?

You get into academia in the *first* place because there are cool problems you enjoy working on. Not necessarily. My psychology professor told us that he used to work at a more prestigious university, but left because they expected him to publish. Teaching college level psychology was his goal, not...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Describing the Meaning of Literal Text
Replies: 2
Views: 1929

Describing the Meaning of Literal Text

The "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison, the literal text (the words on the page) adds to the metaphorical text (the piece of art). It is easiest to explain what I mean with examples. The story switches between the perspectives of 2 characters. For one character, the novel is told from first...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?
Replies: 16
Views: 2297

What do Average Mathmaticians Do?

Let’s say that John Doe University requires that all of their professors publish research. A biology professor is sitting in his office trying to think of some cool experiment he could do, but is coming up with nothing. In the end he decided to just expose a bunch of mice to some random chemical and...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 4428

Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

An industrial grade tool will out preform its consumer grade counterpart in (almost) all catagories, except for price.

A related point is that the Germany tanks were better than the Russian tanks across the board, but Russia stockpiled a lot more of them and could make them faster.
by jewish_scientist
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 4428

Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

I feel like he would reply that although corporate lawyers, the profession, need to exist, the corporate lawyers, the individuals, he talk to felt like they did not and that this situation could be created by hiring 50 people to do the job 5 could do without overworking. I do not completely understa...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 4428

Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

A better argument against being rich would probably be based on the various studies that have shown beyond a certain point, being more wealthy does not make you more happy, and the very rich can actually be less happy than people who are merely 'well-off'. A counter-argument is that this trend only...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 4428

Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

The purpose of money is to be exchanged for goods and services. Rich people have a lot of money that is not being invested. As far as the economy is concerned, that money may as well not exist. As a rich person stockpiles more money, they are in effect removing it from circulation. Removing money fr...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 4502

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

If big businesses have higher minimum wages than small ones, then people will be less incentivized to work for small businesses, which is bad for small businesses. Small businesses would love to pay less, sure, but if all the big businesses still have to pay more, then small businesses can't actual...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 4502

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

You realise that a lower minimum wage is bad from the perspective it doesn't achieve the purpose of a minimum wage, which is supposed to ensure that workers are able to earn enough to live (I realise that with inflation this ideal hasn't kept up with the times, but that was the intent, and why a lo...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 4502

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

This would be easier on small businesses, because for any business making less than $7,250,000 a year, this is actually a decrease in minimum wage. It rewards "job creators," because the more jobs they create, the lower their minimum wage will be.
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 4502

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

Why do you think your idea has merit? What's valuable about it? One of the main arguments against raising the minimum wage is that doing so puts a lot of strain on small businesses. This minimum wage is built to minimize that effect. It also rewards "job creators." This is my revised equa...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 4502

Proportional Minimum Wage

This is an idea I had for a new minimum wage law. Minimum wage = Gross/ (100 * # of employess) The 100 is an arbitrary constant. I estimated that value right based on no data or personal experience at all. You may also want to add a constant just to make sure people working for a large company that ...
by jewish_scientist
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 3112

Re: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

The Atlantic We’ve been down this road before. In an escalating set of preparations for nuclear holocaust during the 1950s, the “duck and cover” campaign trained children nationwide to huddle under their desk in the case of a nuclear blast. Some students in New York City were even issued dog tags, ...
by jewish_scientist
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 3112

Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

Lake Brantley High School, in Florida, initiated a “code red” lockdown. “This is not a drill,” a voice announced over the PA system... Many [students] sobbed hysterically, others vomited or fainted, and some sent farewell notes to parents. A later announcement prompted a stampede in the cafeteria, ...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631931

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

Twitter users were quick to respond with puns. That is my kind of justice! Police also described the cage as "rinky-dink", according to CBS, and said it had been secured with a screwdriver and a nylon strap. Who on Earth thought, "Oh, the one thing stopping my 900 lbs death machine f...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 9671

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

Science, generally, is about approaching the (ultimate) truth (through falsifiable experiment) . Politics is about winning - truth is irrelevant. That is really condescending to all the political philosophers throughout history. To say that their work was just hand-waving used to justify social str...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631931

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

Personally, I think the press bares a lot of the blame. They publish stories about research without even reading the published research. Oh, and by 'press' I mean newspaper aimed at the general public and journals aimed at experts in the fields.
by jewish_scientist
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 9671

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

Although I can show that one dimensional modeling of issues is inaccurate, it does not follow that it is harmful. Uh.... disseminating significant untruths is actively harmful. It's what Trump does. It's (one of the key ways) how Trump harms. The Bohr Model of the atom is inaccurate, so why is it t...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 853532

Re: Trump presidency

Part of me want to tell people on 4chan about this, but another part of me still respects the presidency* enough to not want to intentionally send trolls after Trump. I feel 50/50 on the idea. What do you think? *Not that 'presidency' is a different word than 'president' before you flip out and rant...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6957
Views: 1116204

Re: Police misbehavior thread

A better incentive is probably their paycheck. Police officers are payed to provide a service; police work. If they do not provide the service, then they do not get payed i.e. they are fired. I really do not see how someone who grew up in a society where trade exists not understanding this.
by jewish_scientist
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 9671

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

Pfhorrest, thank you for explaining what I was thinking in a coherent way that other people can understand. How are you suggesting that discussing "pro-choice vs. pro-life" (though I'd prefer you use the other example you thought of since abortion threads tend to get locked) in a political...
by jewish_scientist
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 9671

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

You could say that future people deserve moral consideration, but because the fetus is not yet a person an abortion technically does not harm anyone and is therefor outside the government’s realm of influence.
by jewish_scientist
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 9671

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

By showing "There's something outside this dichotomy", you're not proving that a dichotomy is bad, only that it's inadequate to describe reality fully. You are right. The only response I can think of is to point out that a major theme of 1984 is that rhetoric influences perception to such...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 9671

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

I just came up with good one! 'Healthy food' is a relative term. If high sodium food is unhealthy and low calorie food is healthy, is [insert food item here], which is high in sodium and low in calories, healthy or unhealthy. Actually, that is not a great example since it is the same as the first on...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 9671

Hurtful Dichotomies

I am writing an article about how dichotomies in politics are not just useless, but actively harmful, and this is true even if a spectrum is used instead of a binary. A really great example that I have is a problem with the pro-life v pro-chose view of abortions. A completely valid and defendable po...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 44
Views: 16170

Re: Everything is racism

Do you have a definition of race that is not rooted in biology or culture?
by jewish_scientist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 8947

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

Start the call by saying that you want to cancel your subscription because you want to switch to ATT. Also, call them the next day to make sure a 'computer/employee/misfiling error' stopped your request for reaching the people who can actually changed.
by jewish_scientist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 44
Views: 16170

Re: Everything is racism

Racism could be based on race, a biological concept, or ethnicity, a cultural concept. No matter which definition Pfhorrest subscribes to, their argument in the OP, which was that all discrimination results from racism, still falls through. The former because he cannot explain discrimination in the ...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 8947

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

I feel like there is a political (for lack for a better word) aspect of this that you are missing. Whoever provides the network is the one who gets to make decision about it, thereby granting them more power. It is easier to explain what I mean with an example. Lets say that some money has been budg...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 44
Views: 16170

Re: Everything is racism

Here is a really big flaw in your argument; concept of race has not always existed. The idea was created as recently as the 16 th century, right around the time the Age of Exploration started (infer from this what you will). This is one of those annoying things where I know it is true, but I could n...

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