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by jewish_scientist
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 21
Views: 529

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

There really is no getting around the fact that humans are OP . They are one of the few builds that can actually use ranged attacks effectively, can create map hazards, have crazy stamina regen, and advanced social structure feats. The coup de grace is that humans superior balance and upright postur...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2387398

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

It is too bad they are retired because I was looking forward to seeing them get sent to a different school where the missing money was less likely to be reported. On Monday, St James' Catholic Church said the nuns had expressed "deep remorse" over their actions, adding that while the poli...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 34
Views: 992

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Teachers in schools have been legally armed in many states for basically the entire history of America, Citation needed. What really horrified me was that a teacher who shot 2 unarmed children before shooting the armed child actually passed. It just leaves me wondering what the goal of this trainin...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 34
Views: 992

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

What really horrified me was that a teacher who shot 2 unarmed children before shooting the armed child actually passed. It just leaves me wondering what the goal of this training program actual is since it clearly is not protecting the victims.
by jewish_scientist
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 26
Views: 1373

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

I found a Mercator Map that lets you set the poles to where ever you want! Plus, it is much longer so the magnification near the poles becomes even more apparent. It has a bunch of different layer options and some really nice preset points. My favorite combination is Google Satellite and 'African Ma...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2387398

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

Scientists determine the average time to poop out a swallowed Lego is 1.7 days . They determined this by ingesting the Legos themselves... Shoo in for this year's Ignoble awards. Pre‐ingestion bowel habit was standardised by the Stool Hardness and Transit (SHAT) score... The primary outcome was the...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 56
Views: 2001

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

I don't think JS is trying to force The Lion King into a particular political philosophy, but rather wondering what real-world political philosophy is a match for The Lion King's Circle of Life philosophy. He only brings up Hobbes to say that the answer to questions like this usually seems to be Ho...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 56
Views: 2001

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

I thought about relating the Circle of Life to the Noble Lie, but I really only want to resort to that as a last resort. The problem is that argument is basically asserting that the Circle of Life does not have justification, because I, personally, failed to find justification. However, absence of e...
by jewish_scientist
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 56
Views: 2001

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

There has to be an alternative way to view the Circle of Life that I am not seeing. I'm not sure I understand your question, but have you considered the fact that if the carnivores stopped keeping the herbivore population in check, the herbivores would eat all the plants and the system would crash?...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 56
Views: 2001

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

The problem is not that The Lion King disagrees with Hobbes; it is that I cannot find anyone who it does agree with. The Circle of Life says that violence is a necessary, and therefore unavoidable, part of society. Carl Schmitt is only political philosopher who takes this position and his view are d...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 56
Views: 2001

Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

I am working on a paper for school about how stories with anthropomorphism deal with the reality that animals eat one another (a.k.a. Carnivore Confusion ). Somewhat surprisingly, I found that most works adopt the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes (i.e. in the natural state people are cruel, but society c...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The MITT Cult
Replies: 23
Views: 1915

Re: The MITT Cult

Alright how about this, every time you see one of these, you put on gloves and pull the fire alarm. Eventually, they'll get the hint? Lots of cults have persecution complexes (THEY are keeping the truth from you!). Doing something like this just plays right in to how "The Man will do anything ...
by jewish_scientist
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 610922

Re: Trump presidency

Thesh wrote:There are no Republicans who value human life in any form.

I understand that hyperbole is the language of the internet, but this is taking it pretty far. Seriously, protecting one specific form of human life is a very central part of their platform.
by jewish_scientist
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 868
Views: 188487

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

This is not really that awesome; it is not even a quote. I just though you would enjoy the mystery. I am am going to preform statistical analysis on porn that requires that I view the explicit material for the final paper, the minimal length of I plan on doubling, of a English Composition II class, ...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 321970

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

It's the age-old case of bureaucrats and techies deciding what's best for the people, while avoiding the messy step of asking them. They actually gathered a lot of data on what people wanted and used that when setting the weights of different factors. The problem is that after the AI produced a sch...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 972924

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I do not even know what to say about this. The previously undisclosed program, called “Quiet Skies,” specifically targets travelers who “are not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening Data Base,” according to a Transportation Security Administration bulletin in Marc...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 2799

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

That reminds me, how have there been so many Mario Karts and no F-Zeros? My guess is that every time Nintendo wants to make a racing game the choose the safer option, which creates a feedback loop where no F-Zero games come out because no F-Zero games have come out recently.
by jewish_scientist
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 972924

Re: Police misbehavior thread

PREA [Prison Rape Elimination Act] applies to all correctional facilities, including prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, military and Indian country facilities, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities . I get a feeling I know who is going to lose this case. https://www.bjs.go...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2387398

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

Coyne wrote:No overt sex toys in video. Would not watch again.

I think that may be tied with "Woosh" for most confusing random comment.
by jewish_scientist
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 321970

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

What the Boston School Bus Schedule Can Teach Us About AI The core of the article is that communicating the input of an AI is just as vital as the output when optimizing policy changes. If you tell people that they need to get up 30 minutes earlier, then they will be angry. If you tell the same peo...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 972924

Re: Police misbehavior thread

sardia wrote:https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-11-09/7-eleven-is-at-war-with-its-own-franchisees-over-ice-raids?srnd=businessweek-v2
Actual link.

Oops. I have no idea how that happened.
by jewish_scientist
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Art Institute of Chicago's Website has 50,000 Public Domain photos of Paintings
Replies: 1
Views: 590

Art Institute of Chicago's Website has 50,000 Public Domain photos of Paintings

The Art Institute of Chicago's website includes over 50,000 high resolution photographs of their paintings, all in the public domain. Collection: https://www.artic.edu/collection Article: https://kottke.org/18/11/the-art-institute-of-chicago-has-put-50000-high-res-images-from-their-collection-online...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 972924

Re: Police misbehavior thread

This story is less about the police doing wrong and more about a large company using the police to do wrong, but this was the closest thread to that topic I could find. Basically, many 7-11 stores are owned by private individuals who then give a large part of their income to the larger company. If a...
by jewish_scientist
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 610922

Re: Trump presidency

Maybe he already knows they did something bad and he is being proactive.

P.S. I am I correct in assuming that thread would go in the Serious Business section?
by jewish_scientist
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 610922

Re: Trump presidency

Who wants the Messianic Judaism conversation be spun off into its own thread? I thought I should ask before writing a really big post about what I missed.
by jewish_scientist
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 2799

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

When Captian Falcon was put in the original SSB it made sense because a decade had not passed since the last F Zero release. It is like Chrono Trigger at this point. P.S. Who wishes that Nintendo made a program to turn arbitrary images into maps and then added gerrymandered districts Pokefloats styl...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The MITT Cult
Replies: 23
Views: 1915

The MITT Cult

https://www.gq.com/story/one-month-in-los-angeles-cult-of-betterness A reporter decided to join as many New-Age health programs as he could in what I imagine must be one of the least controlled experiments of all time. Ends up that one of the programs he joins was a cult called MITT. The biggest dif...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 610922

Re: Trump presidency

Wait, I knew a Messianic Jew in college. Are they bad people? He at least had the decency not to convert me. No more or less so than anyone else. Or at least, anyone else Christian. It's not surprising that Pence picked such a person, he's definitely in the religious faction. However, the earlier c...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5296

Re: Ethics of Research

Think about this; would it be wrong for a person who know the cure to HIV infection to not tell anyone about it if they are taking no action based on this information, including but not limited tom treating AIDS patients? I believe this is known as "Holy Moving Goalposts, Batman!" because...
by jewish_scientist
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5296

Re: Ethics of Research

I think that this may be self-contradictory. Are we morally obligated to not be dicks? That's the point I was bringing out. What I was saying is that the answer is yes by definition. Oxford defines 'dick' as a "stupid or contemptible man," and 'contemptible' is synonymous with 'villainous...
by jewish_scientist
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5296

Re: Ethics of Research

It would be a dick move, but it would not be morally wrong. I think that this may be self-contradictory. ' Dick move ' is defined in the Oxford dictionary as "A contemptibly cruel or selfish action." That definition makes it very clear that to call an action a 'dick move' is pass a moral ...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5296

Re: Ethics of Research

I mean, there's plenty of people who have advanced degrees in a field who, after all that training, fucked off and did something else because oh my god this field is awful . Is it ethical to continue to do a task that slowly wears down your will to exist? Is it ethical to subject yourself to tortur...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 610922

Re: Trump presidency

anyway not on the topic of People Insisting That Shit We're Literally Already Fucking Doing Is Too Improbable To Happen and rewinding a bit to Reason #573 this administration is antisemitic, in the wake of the pittsburgh shooting pence invited a messianic jewish "rabbi" (who he called &qu...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Asimov's 3 laws
Replies: 17
Views: 3070

Re: Asimov's 3 laws

I just realized that you could simply program the robots to interpret laws as commands given to them by humans. The solutions is then simply whatever mechanism the robots us to decide what to do when given contradictory orders.
by jewish_scientist
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5296

Re: Ethics of Research

I think I have not made my question clear. Maybe giving an example will help. In an episode of House the patient is currently a chef-in-training. However, before this she was a prominent cancer researcher. The main (emotional) conflict comes from Wilson, and oncologist, arguing that by changing care...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5296

Re: Ethics of Research

For the former question though, it is so obviously false I cannot imagine people having entertained the 'yes' position. An consequentalist could argue that because inventions that improve the welfare of people rely on scientific knowledge, a person able to collect and disseminate that knowledge mus...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5296

Re: Ethics of Research

Ignore this. Somehow I accidentally posted an incomplete version of the post below when I was writing it. For the former question though, it is so obviously false I cannot imagine people having entertained the 'yes' position. I do not recall having seen any sort of analysis of it. An consequ...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5296

Re: Ethics of Research

1) Why?
2) Why?
by jewish_scientist
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5296

Ethics of Research

I am working on a voluntary paper and I am stuck because I do not know what field of ethics I am dealing with. Basically, I need to analysis 2 questions, but I do not know what terms to enter into Google to actually do that research. The questions are: 1) Does the ability to preform research entail ...
by jewish_scientist
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 6016

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

This is actually called the paradox of horror aka the paradox of tragedy.

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