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by Vash
Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48332

Re: Polygamy

I tried to read "Universal sex differences in the desire for sexual variety: Tests from 52 nations, 6 continents, and 13 islands," but it was extremely frustrating, slow going because of all of the horrendous, unsupported assumptions throughout. One big problem is the assumption that the ...
by Vash
Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48332

Re: Polygamy

Almost all research tries to be objective and all research is biased. We describe our methodologies so other people can find our biases and see if they change the results, or the interpretation of the results, but science is done by human beings and so is inherently and un-alterably biased. The ite...
by Vash
Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48332

Re: Polygamy

Vash, please use and describe the studies you citied, instead of just listing them. Explain how they are relevant to your point and your intellectual development, what their methodologies and conclusions were. Un-annotated lists of citations are not convincing, and do not make it likely that I will...
by Vash
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34307

Re: Animal Rights?

Sorry, but I'm part utilitarian, and therefore a consequentialist. If two different actions will result in the same consequence, those two actions have the same moral weight. You can argue about degree, but NOT about essence. Doing otherwise is a poor and blatant rationalization of your own actions...
by Vash
Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change / Global Warming
Replies: 257
Views: 53166

Re: Climate Change / Global Warming

The Weather Channel has plenty of reason to play up hurricanes. It's not at all analogous to climate scientists. You don't see the benefits of this to those scientists? Positive results mean more research money, but that's always true. There would be more dissenters. There is literally not one scie...
by Vash
Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change / Global Warming
Replies: 257
Views: 53166

Re: Climate Change / Global Warming

I would like to see a predictive model that is capable of estimating the Rate of Greenhouse gas emission AND Absorption, that includes some of these other factors external to the gas as well. If we could see 100 year increments, over a reasonable period of time...say 100,000 most recent years, and ...
by Vash
Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34307

Re: Animal Rights?

For the record, there isn't ... the task. I'll grant all of that. Well written. Nonetheless, when telling someone to change diets from one thing to anything else, it should at least be mentioned that what one has to eat to meet nutritional requirements is not the same. That isn't just for switching...
by Vash
Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48332

Re: Polygamy

I had soft deleted my post, but it seems I had to restore it for the sake of thread integrity. I am not sure if this counts as a double post. Anyway, what you said doesn't actually address most of what I said. It might address the American data on effective polygyny and the data on historical polygy...
by Vash
Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change / Global Warming
Replies: 257
Views: 53166

Re: Climate Change / Global Warming

Iceman wrote:Exactly...which is both undetermined and not that extreme.


My edit came too late. Anyway, I'm not going to discuss this with you (especially not in a Serious Business) thread if you have nothing meaningful to say. Cite or leave. Why stick to this fallacious tangent?
by Vash
Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change / Global Warming
Replies: 257
Views: 53166

Re: Climate Change / Global Warming

It is...At any given time, it will be either warming..or cooling. Certainly couldn't find any evidence of it ever being stable for any period of time. No cause for alarm. Yeah, it's more about the extremity, and the cause. Edit: Why don't you cite some of the studies stating the limitations? We mig...
by Vash
Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48332

Re: Polygamy

The argument I have made is that polygyny is something that humans tend towards more so than any other form of polygamy. All of the studies I have cited seem to indicate that. No, they indicate that human societies in historical conditions tended towards polygyny more often than any other form. Tha...
by Vash
Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34307

Re: Animal Rights?

I'm calling bullshit on that first statement. Clearly I'm biased, but I'm reasonably sure I've met way more vegans than you and I've never known one to show outward signs of malnourishment. B-12 deficiency actually takes years to set in. People who are serious about veganism learn about nutrition. ...
by Vash
Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48332

Re: Polygamy

I've been reading the thread since it started up. Let's clear that up a bit. "that it is not true that some women would want to engage in polygyny." And it's true that some women DO want to engage in polygyny. Blanket statements mean nothing. It seems you continuously think of Polygamy as...
by Vash
Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change / Global Warming
Replies: 257
Views: 53166

Re: Climate Change / Global Warming

I'd say it if they saw me using a cell phone, then yelled out "Gee Willikers YOU HAVE CANCER NOW!" and threw my Blackberry out the window. It's a common sense thing, you can always find some scientist willing to over-react to something, especially when it is very popular to do so. Remembe...
by Vash
Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48332

Re: Polygamy

First of all, the idea that some women would not want to engage in polygyny is flying in the face of what research does exist. The opposite would be that all women desire to engage in polygyny. Are you honestly suggesting this? Let's clear that up a bit. "that it is not true that some women wo...
by Vash
Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48332

Re: Polygamy

I think you're minimizing the power of women. Men can't have polygynous relationships if women refuse to be multiple partners unless they also get the permission and opportunity to have other sexual partners they choose. Inside a BlockBuster video store, especially if you've got an history of havin...
by Vash
Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P
Replies: 139
Views: 15558

Re: U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P

PeterCai wrote:NO. assertion;


The assertion is true, though. I've heard it from at least one source at this point. I can get a citation if you want.
by Vash
Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34307

Re: Animal Rights?

Eating a hamburger is NOT about hunting, feeding, predator-prey interaction, survival or any of that nonsense. Let's be clear and honest: eating a hamburger is purely about pleasure. This talk about predators torturing prey and therefore not having empathy is NONSENSE, because predators NEED to hun...
by Vash
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P
Replies: 139
Views: 15558

Re: U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P

Well good thing you're considering both sides and not irrationally blaming a group of people without truly understanding what you're talking about. As far as I know, Republicans in general mainly wanted to cut medicare and social security, and the Tea Party wanted no increase in debt. Neither was w...
by Vash
Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48332

Re: Polygamy

Still not going to engage in an uncivil dialogue (PM directly if there are any mod concerns. I am contributing to the thread and am serious, so I don't think there should be), but these citations were too relevant to not post them: Betzing, L. L. (1986). Despotism and differential reproduction: A Da...
by Vash
Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P
Replies: 139
Views: 15558

Re: U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P

Tea party started it, were the main instigators, and would have forced a default. Done. Democrats gave concessions immediately. If I were them, I would have given none and really not done it until the end, since it seems like it would not have made a difference. AA+ rating for the US sucks. This is ...
by Vash
Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176633

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

It's really a matter of Bitcoin having no native backing. In order for any form of currency to function, there has to be some end 'taker' or buyer of that currency. Someone has to back it. For the central bank of an issuing country, currency is a liability on their balance sheet, while the other as...
by Vash
Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34307

Re: Animal Rights?

But have you ever seen a carnivore refuse to gut a prey animal just because it doesn't like it? Morality requires empathy, something I'm not convinced my house cats ever had. Cats don't generally have empathy for their prey, as far as I know. There are generally no indications at least. I doubt tha...
by Vash
Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48332

Re: Polygamy

I'm done. I'm not a masochist; I don't want to sit in a conversation like this. I would prefer a civil discussion.
by Vash
Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34307

Re: Animal Rights?

PeterCai wrote:The problem is that animal has no sense of morality, so all that really matter is what human thinks


Animals don't need a sense of morality to not like certain things. Like being gutted alive, for example. The point is that humans make the moral rules based on our best knowledge of animals.
by Vash
Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34307

Re: Animal Rights?

Treat animals how they want to be treated. Morality is not identical when applied to humans and animals, but clearly, there are plenty of ways one can inflict undue suffering on an animal.
by Vash
Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48332

Re: Polygamy

In case I wasn't blunt enough, I'm waiting for you to cite that with reputable information. The first point I can't quite cite. That was according to my roommate a few years back, who hated that result, btw (frankly, so do I). I also may have seen a similar result in an anthropology textbook. I can...
by Vash
Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48332

Re: Polygamy

That's a rather considerable statement to drop in such a casually self-assured manner. Why do you say that? What evidence to that effect would you like to offer? Most cultures (of an essentially all-inclusive sample) are polygynous. Also, the evidence that many men want and court multiple women mor...
by Vash
Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0932: "CIA"
Replies: 79
Views: 65401

Re: 0932: "CIA"

XKCD is now officially a troll comic, assuming that I am the official deciding this matter, and I am.
by Vash
Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 172265

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Pfhorrest wrote:
hawkinsssable wrote:Liberalism: The morally right action is the one that increases overall liberty. Liberty is defined as the absence of coercion by others, especially the state.


This is only a consequentialist definition of liberalism


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by Vash
Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 34766

Re: 0927: "Standards"

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:That's so meta, it makes me wonder why people make such a big deal over Inception for being meta when it can't hold a candle to this.


You are meta.
by Vash
Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48332

Re: Polygamy

Yeah, I know polyamorous communities exist, though. It's never been tried on the scale of a society, as far as know. Who said anything about a societal level? Changing the laws won't make america, for example, a predominantly polygamous society. The overall culture is, for the most part, monogamous...
by Vash
Sun Jul 24, 2011 3:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama has repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Replies: 114
Views: 7900

Re: Obama has repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

I doubt a majority of Congressional Democrats would agree with trans people serving in the armed forces either. It isn't even close to being on the table politically. I had no idea that there is so much more bigotry on the basis of gender identity than there is based on sexual orientation. I guess ...
by Vash
Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Space shuttle Atlantis in historic final lift-off
Replies: 36
Views: 4977

Re: Space shuttle Atlantis in historic final lift-off

SpaceX is in a good position to do just that, the Falcon 9 rocket has been built and successfully used a couple of times, including once launching and returning the Dragon module: ... And they have a resupply mission to the ISS listed as scheduled for 2011, although I think that may just be for car...
by Vash
Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 34766

Re: 0927: "Standards"

While you may lump all those together as "carrying audio", they're not really comparable at all: as feyayeruka said, 3.5mm has an almost complete monopoly on consumer amplified audio output. RCA dominates consumer line level outputs. XLR is pretty universal for speakers, microphones and m...
by Vash
Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama has repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Replies: 114
Views: 7900

Re: Obama has repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Hooray! Edit: material on the OT tangent. You're all "the other." I am me. Also, there are seven genders, maybe. It makes a lot of sense when you consider variations in identity and body. I don't know how close biological sex is to gender, but I think that most likely neither are t...
by Vash
Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 34766

Re: 0927: "Standards"

Hmm, it's entirely possible that my sample is biased, but in my experience this isn't true of relatively recent phones. Of the people I know with smart phones, admittedly a small sample, they all use USB micro except for the iPhone. My previous phone (a Razr) also charged via USB. Verizon is almost...
by Vash
Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 34766

Re: 0927: "Standards"

That's fucking right. Gauge when you can't outcompete something, and just goddamn stop right there. One standard of miniature USB and one standard of full-size USB are good enough. Take a cue from Blu-Ray, or DVD.
by Vash
Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Vegetation in cities may soak up more CO2 than expected
Replies: 40
Views: 5002

Re: Vegetation in cities may soak up more CO2 than expected

It's actually ridiculously obvious, because there are studies that show people are happier in natural settings. I asked for a citation earlier, do you have it? Honestly, I do tend to believe everyone here saying a higher amount of green land creates a better city environment. I just think when we a...
by Vash
Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Vegetation in cities may soak up more CO2 than expected
Replies: 40
Views: 5002

Re: Vegetation in cities may soak up more CO2 than expected

So if I respond with buildings are pleasant to look at and a picture of the space needle are we equal? I'm completely open to the idea that having park areas(or just more green) is a net benefit to the quality of life for city goers; and I definitely thing its true that open area being readily avai...

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