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by RockoTDF
Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0769: "War"
Replies: 100
Views: 29453

Re: "War" discussion (#769)

ELProphet wrote:I'm really not getting the reference to Cordelia...


I think it is just a generic old fashioned name meant to evoke memories of letters like this in literature or old war movies.

I hope that modern humor can't just be reduced to references to other things.
by RockoTDF
Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 71941

Re: " One Two" Discussion

You aren't getting what I mean. I totally understand that we can't rank cultures. But that doesn't mean that we have to assume that they are all equal. Yeah, it sort of does, in that if there is no objective way to rank something, the term equal is meaningless. This is what anthropologists mean whe...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The brain: How do you think it works?
Replies: 46
Views: 5501

Re: The brain: How do you think it works?

... You make some very good points here. I was actually surprised to find out that there isn't such a conference... someone should get on that. I agree. There just aren't enough established theorists to set one up. There are always posters at conferences about theory/models, but they are seen more ...
by RockoTDF
Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teaching language and argument: Logic over Literature
Replies: 15
Views: 2958

Re: Teaching language and argument: Logic over Literature

I think everyone should take calculus. It changes the way you think. How so? Most of the calc courses I have taken/seen are simply more number crunching. You can learn to think about things in a nonlinear sense, how things change, etc. To be honest I think that math education is doing itself a diss...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teaching language and argument: Logic over Literature
Replies: 15
Views: 2958

Re: Teaching language and argument: Logic over Literature

Stop using English Lit classes to teach critical thinking and rhetoric. Why? The current system rewards students for coming up with literary interpretations to politics, social problems, and human behavior. Literary interpretations care not for empirical data, logical consistency, etc. Can you expl...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:07 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teaching language and argument: Logic over Literature
Replies: 15
Views: 2958

Teaching language and argument: Logic over Literature

I have just completed teaching my first university level course. The other night I was out at dinner with some fellow graduate students, and we started discussing students and the quality of their work. I have also spent a good deal of time lately discussing Constitutional Law with someone I recentl...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 71941

Re: " One Two" Discussion

I agree that we can't rank cultures or civilizations. And because we can't rank them it is absurd to say that they are necessarily equal. It is like saying that we have two numbers we can't measure, so let's assume they are equal. Not really. In the case with the numbers, if we could measure them a...
by RockoTDF
Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 71941

Re: " One Two" Discussion

Dude think a bit before you open your mouth, there is a reason why we say cultures are equal, and that is because we cannot measure or even observe how they would rank. I agree that we can't rank cultures or civilizations. And because we can't rank them it is absurd to say that they are necessarily...
by RockoTDF
Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 71941

Re: " One Two" Discussion

One wonders when some physicist is going to cross disciplines and finally solve all of the soft sciences' research questions. Imagine the accolades that person would receive. There are some physicists who think they can do this, especially in the cognitive sciences. And let me tell you, it is fucki...
by RockoTDF
Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The brain: How do you think it works?
Replies: 46
Views: 5501

Re: The brain: How do you think it works?

I see your point. We live in a world where machines get input and produce output. This opposes the mechanics of our brains, even the primordial ones. so how would you turn hundreds of psychology researches into a logical flow that can theorize the brain? You use the data from those studies to make ...
by RockoTDF
Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The brain: How do you think it works?
Replies: 46
Views: 5501

Re: The brain: How do you think it works?

Is our brain deterministic, or are there random (maybe even quantum) interactions as well? Very deterministic. The Libet experiment present some very good evidence to that effect. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Libet Quantum mechanics should play no part in the function of the brain. I whole...
by RockoTDF
Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0755: "Interdisciplinary"
Replies: 102
Views: 18327

Re: "Interdisciplinary" discussion (#755)

Most people who don't think psychology isn't a science is either someone who thinks all psychology is is Freudian dream analysis (which basically no one does anymore, since it is unscientific), or pricks who have a smug sense of superiority because psychology is supposedly easy. That's why I don't ...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0755: "Interdisciplinary"
Replies: 102
Views: 18327

Re: "Interdisciplinary" discussion (#755)

It's fair to want to make that distinction. However, "clinical" seems like a much more reasonable default than "research". I don't have exact numbers, but I'm pretty sure there are more practicing clinical psychologists than research. I 'm not sure if you'd even want to applied ...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0755: "Interdisciplinary"
Replies: 102
Views: 18327

Re: "Interdisciplinary" discussion (#755)

That's still only the returns to memory on "people who have a good enough memory to be pursuing higher education in the first place". Which is why I guess they try to use freshmen, as nearly anyone can get into college now a days. The overuse of college students in samples is a major prob...
by RockoTDF
Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0755: "Interdisciplinary"
Replies: 102
Views: 18327

Re: "Interdisciplinary" discussion (#755)

What, convenience sampling? There are obvious disadvantages. There are obvious advantages as well. It really does depend on what the question is. You can't ask questions like "Who will you vote for in the coming election" because that will be very skewed, as college students, young adults...
by RockoTDF
Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0755: "Interdisciplinary"
Replies: 102
Views: 18327

Re: "Interdisciplinary" discussion (#755)

Obviously the Psych department at CNU got this out of their system before I went there and majored in psychology.
by RockoTDF
Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0754: "Dependencies"
Replies: 76
Views: 25159

Re: "Dependencies" discussion(#754)

I've had comp sci classes in the agriculture building, math classes in the welding and manufacturing building, English classes in the food processing building, and biology classes in the performing arts center. It made no sense and I loved it.[/size] This is surprisingly normal at most universities...
by RockoTDF
Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

Still, it hardly appears to be a boat full of terrorists as the IDF claims. If we're going to be honest, the IDF never claimed the boat was full of terrorists -- it specifically claimed that a small group among those on the boat was a terrorist cell. Now, the IDF and Israel does use the term terror...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/11/unedited-video-of-israeli-raid-posted-online/?ref=global-home So it looks like about an hour of video taken by some on board was smuggled off. The NYT analysis says it doesn't really make much more clear about who fired first, etc by itself and that expert...
by RockoTDF
Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bin Laden located?
Replies: 28
Views: 3913

Re: Bin Laden located?

So its no so much Bin Laden, but rather allegations that a NATO ally that has recently had bad relations with Israel happens to know where he is. If this were to be true, it would really really really really really hurt US and Turkey relations (along with the rest of NATO) and isolate Turkey, which...
by RockoTDF
Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

On a totally unrelated note nowfocus, I love your sig. Here is where your wrong. First - we do have video filmed by the protestors. Second - if video from the protestors specifically contradicted the Israeli account then the Israeli account as a whole would be discredited. Imagine if Israel had clai...
by RockoTDF
Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bin Laden located?
Replies: 28
Views: 3913

Re: Bin Laden located?

Nice timing for reporting ties between Turkey and Iran. My thoughts exactly. I wouldn't be shocked if Mossaud knew where Bin Laden was and was saving it for a time when they needed leverage against Turkey, who are becoming more radical as of late. Or at a time when they needed to "remind"...
by RockoTDF
Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

Your essentially charging the Israelis with murder. They have discredited the witness accounts as having major inconsistencies with hard evidence. By demanding more evidence until you change your viewpoint, your assuming guilt until innocence is proven. Thats bias - by western standards at least. I...
by RockoTDF
Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bin Laden located?
Replies: 28
Views: 3913

Re: Bin Laden located?

Nice timing for reporting ties between Turkey and Iran. My thoughts exactly. I wouldn't be shocked if Mossaud knew where Bin Laden was and was saving it for a time when they needed leverage against Turkey, who are becoming more radical as of late. Or at a time when they needed to "remind"...
by RockoTDF
Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

When the story broke we had two versions of the events that unfolded. Most of the media seemed to take the protestors version. However, the video and photos - even if they were selectively choosen by Israel - demonstrate that the protestors version is inaccurate. They did not only offer 'passive re...
by RockoTDF
Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

Because as long as we are perceived as supporting something perceived as inhumane we remind extremists why they hate America. There are plenty of articles popping up about how this incident is going to affect the US. I don't think we should be changing our allies to please extremists. There is a di...
by RockoTDF
Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

As an American, I have no problem taking the position that the blockade is contrary to our national security interests, and as such I do not support it (leaving aside human rights and legality arguments). Likewise, the IDF killed an American citizen during the raid (he was shot four times in the he...
by RockoTDF
Sun Jun 06, 2010 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

sourmilk: Seriously, stop and think about what Israel does for a bit. This thread has made me think more about the situation and appreciate Israel's plight more, but I'm not about to write my congressman and tell him to send Israel more aid. I listened. You seem completely impervious to logic or an...
by RockoTDF
Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

No. What I am saying is that we don't know for sure that the IDF acted reasonably, there is evidence that can sway us either way, and the IDF aren't releasing it. Yes, it is bad PR to show people being shot. Full footage would be nice, but even if we could just see video showing that there was or w...
by RockoTDF
Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

Argument out of ignorance. You're saying that "because we don't know what happened at certain points, bad things happened." That's like saying "I don't know the answer to this math problem, so it must be 17." We can only go off the evidence we were given, and that all suggests t...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

I know I read the parts where he said he was being beaten. There's no evidence to support that. People lie about that kind of stuff all the time, they're constantly saying what horrible things Israel has done to them when no such thing has happened. So, while you post a single testimony from a bias...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

The difference between that event and this event for the purpose of argument that we had a full video release to debate about... Er, I'm pretty sure the point was that you didn't have such a video -- you only got your hands on it once it was leaked by wikileaks (that's off memory though -- I could ...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jun 05, 2010 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

I'm referring to the forcible taking of land in the West Bank for the construction of Israeli settlements, which is ethnic cleansing (but is not to be confused with genocide) and the destruction of homes that do not have the right paperwork. I'm glad you don't support them, yoni. But you said yours...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

I haven't addressed this because it's not really pertinent to the Gaza issue, but sure -- the actions in the West Bank aren't even close to ethnic cleansing, by any means. The settlements are a bitch, yes, and as far as I'm concerned the religious right pushing the whole enterprise needs to be aird...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

Right, but where did that fanaticism come from? Please tell me you're not blaming Israel for the fanaticism. Fundamentalist Islam against Jews dates back to the Seventh Century I know that it has a long history. Israel just really doesn't help the situation and seems totally unwilling to ever admit...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

I think it has already been addressed how stupid this statement is. It hasn't -- Arete may as well be doorstop with a mouthpiece. If you think it's a stupid statement though, I'd love to hear your explanation for why 80% of the Human Rights Council's censures were aimed at Israel. http://www.unwatc...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jun 05, 2010 2:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

The UN also created a "Human Rights" commission whose sole purpose may as well have been to demonize Israel. I think it has already been addressed how stupid this statement is. Given Gaza's population, the amount of foodstuffs provided looks to be way more than enough. I mean granted, the...
by RockoTDF
Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

The Israelis would give them concrete if they used it to build hospitals instead of bunkers. Now the Israelis only let in concrete for specific projects. They are still hardly letting enough in. People are acting like there are tons of these "projects" when there are actually very, very f...
by RockoTDF
Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

Actually, isn't "starving to death" precisely what people mean when they say 61% of Gazans are "food insecure"? I'm not quite up on my politically-convenient euphemisms. In all seriousness, I hadn't actually read anything to indicate that there was a food problem in gaza at the ...
by RockoTDF
Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people
Replies: 601
Views: 49730

Re: Israelian raid on Gaza-bound aid ship kills 10+ people

I've been trying to do the number crunching myself over the last day or two but got derailed... The CIC seems to have an interesting data set though (for the record, Gaza's populace is about 1.5 million)... thoughts? http://www.cicweb.ca/scene/2010/06/israel_aid_to_gaza/ In the first quarter of 201...

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