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by Mokele
Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consensus in Science
Replies: 9
Views: 3493

Re: Consensus in Science

IMHO, the key is to view scientific consensus not as a goal or a metric of veracity, but rather a * consequence * of a good theory. There's usually plenty of scientists working in a general field, and, as a whole, they're pretty independent (seriously, try organizing them to do something, anything) ...
by Mokele
Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Brooks: The Character Factory
Replies: 63
Views: 13549

Re: David Brooks: The Character Factory

Show.

Evidence.
by Mokele
Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Brooks: The Character Factory
Replies: 63
Views: 13549

Re: David Brooks: The Character Factory

Time is a huge part of it. How can you do college classes when your job has unpredictable hours and you're called in at a moment's notice? You either skip the class you paid for (possibly getting a lower grade or failing) or refuse to be called in, losing the job that pays for the class (and food, ...
by Mokele
Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 53540

Re: What is your current housing situation?

My wife and I just moved from a 2-family home/apartment thingy in New England (those in New England will know immediately what I'm talking about, the 2-3 story old houses converted to 1 apartment per floor), to a rented single-family home with lawn outside of Atlanta. HUGE improvement. Did you New E...
by Mokele
Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: stop walking on the escalators
Replies: 107
Views: 45342

Re: stop walking on the escalators

So, you'll tolerate a delay due to not walking up yourself, but not tolerate a delay due to reduced throughput due to those in a rush? If throughput is to be maximized and delays minimized, have everyone walk up, and let those who cannot (or don't want to) use the elevator that's invariably also pre...
by Mokele
Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Brooks: The Character Factory
Replies: 63
Views: 13549

Re: David Brooks: The Character Factory

I say that because teaching self-control as though it's some intellectual pursuit won't work. Poor people also thing education and saving money is a good thing, intellectually, but when the rubber meets the road they often are unwilling or unable to actualize these pursuits. Why do you think that i...
by Mokele
Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Brooks: The Character Factory
Replies: 63
Views: 13549

Re: David Brooks: The Character Factory

Because something is hard doesn't mean it isn't worth doing. Like most things humans do, you try things and see what works. I didn't offer a panacea, I offered an alternative point of view to discuss. There really hasn't been much of a discussion about the thought. I've heard about what a fool the ...
by Mokele
Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Brooks: The Character Factory
Replies: 63
Views: 13549

Re: David Brooks: The Character Factory

People who perform worse in school do have worse outcomes on average. Nobody is saying this is the only factor, but...it's obviously important. College is a very significant impact on education. Also, you're misdescribing the marshmallow tests. They did not measure JUST college outcomes(though thos...
by Mokele
Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speculative biology -- the affairs of dragons
Replies: 33
Views: 10430

Re: Speculative biology -- the affairs of dragons

Holy mother of It's a common practice to depict dinosaurs and the like in improbably upright postures to elicit the maximum response. Could that critter really support itself upright as shown? Would it have impressed you as much if it was shown rather more horizontally? A grizzly standing up is rat...
by Mokele
Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Brooks: The Character Factory
Replies: 63
Views: 13549

Re: David Brooks: The Character Factory

The fundamental failure in logic is that it assumes the poor are poor due to character defects, which is not demonstrated by any of his studies cited. Yes, he showed that poor kids aren't as good at dull tests, but that could easily be due to low-quality schools. The "marshmallow test" may...
by Mokele
Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A Moore's law for life in the universe?
Replies: 19
Views: 5670

Re: A Moore's law for life in the universe?

Hands down one of the dumbest papers I've ever had the misfortune of encountering. The asinine attempt to quantify "complexity" by mere genome size, the extremely limited number of "data" points, the total ignorance of developmental biology or really any sort of biology, the fail...
by Mokele
Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the name of the (Australian?) bat in this picture?
Replies: 9
Views: 3013

Re: What is the name of the (Australian?) bat in this pictur

Definitely a flying fox, and the "hand-thingy" is the foot (which is oriented "backwards" in bats to assist hanging from trees). The lucky snake is a quite nice-looking Carpet Python, specifically the subspecies Morelia spilota variegata , commonly called the Irian Jaya carpet py...
by Mokele
Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Extremely high-volume data backup
Replies: 3
Views: 1217

Extremely high-volume data backup

So, the lab I'm in recently had a scare with an external network HD that died and almost lost all of the data. Luckily, our tech folks could save it, but we may not be so lucky next time, which has prompted me to look into various backup options. The problem: we have 3TB of data to back up, expandin...
by Mokele
Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Matlab for image processing?
Replies: 8
Views: 1559

Re: Matlab for image processing?

Have you tried applying histogram equalization to cropped versions of the image? If it's an RGB image, you should be able to separate out each of those fields, and then play around with just the green one. There's also a free software package called ImageJ put out by the NIH that can do a lot of twe...
by Mokele
Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mis-Marketed Movies
Replies: 35
Views: 6867

Re: Mis-Marketed Movies

One of the trailers for Fight Club made it look like a romantic comedy.
by Mokele
Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 48333

Re: Polygamy

I was in a long-term poly relationship for many years, and I'm iffy about them now as a result. Sexual exploitation and power imbalances are real issues, obviously, but IMHO there's a more salient point made by someone long ago (I've forgotten the exact source) - "Love is not a zer-sum game. Ti...
by Mokele
Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34308

Re: Animal Rights?

However, your morality theory now implies both that torturing humans is not OK ( if another human does it ) and that it is OK ( if an alien does i t); thus it is disproved by contradiction. That's not a contradiction. So if a vastly superior alien species landed tomorrow and decided you looked tast...
by Mokele
Mon Jun 06, 2011 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists
Replies: 195
Views: 21441

Re: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists

While I'm not sure it strictly falls under the topic, most rapists are repeat offenders, which suggests that if the justice system would get off its ass and actually begin convicting people and sentencing them to long prison terms (or life in prison), it would drastically reduce the number of rapes.
by Mokele
Mon Jun 06, 2011 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34308

Re: Animal Rights?

Goplat wrote:If a far more technologically advanced alien species discovers Earth, how should they treat humans?


IT'S A COOKBOOK!!

Why yes, the entire original Twighlight Zone just became available on Netflix Instant, why do you ask?
by Mokele
Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34308

Re: Animal Rights?

Thank you, that was very informative. Still, morality is fluid, why should there still the need to care for animals in the modern time? As an atheist, religious reasons such as souls and divine punishment don't work for me. Why should we care for other humans? A fluke of genetics? Some sort of pre-...
by Mokele
Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34308

Re: Animal Rights?

It doesn't have a utilitarian value to treat animals fairly because of how you define utilitarianism. Why don't we expand the premise of utilitarianism, that morality should benefit humans, to morality should benefit beings in order of sentience? Why just pick humans? We actually don't pick human. ...
by Mokele
Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34308

Re: Animal Rights?

Honestly, I don't think it's possible to have a logically consistent, functional moral system of any kind. We're a bunch of irrational monkeys whose emotions and morality stems from "Don't take my banana" and such compelling questions as "Should I put this in my mouth?". All of t...
by Mokele
Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Male Birth Control Method
Replies: 50
Views: 6586

Re: New Male Birth Control Method

SummerGlauFan wrote:
Izawwlgood wrote:Hunter-seeker's for your sperm.



"Ow! My sperm!"
"Let's try that again!"
"Huh. Didn't hurt that time."


"Man, all this prolonged exposure to radiation is making me thirsty."
by Mokele
Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Thermodynamics and the efficiency of heating a house
Replies: 15
Views: 3660

Re: Thermodynamics and the efficiency of heating a house

I'm convinced my electric fee is just arbitrary numbers thrown onto a bill, given that it spiked in the winter (we have gas heat) when I had my computer shut off more than usual, and dropped by about 40% when I set up a 130 watt aquarium light and pump and started playing games on my computer more....
by Mokele
Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36487

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

I haven't read all posts, but I wonder if anyone thinks herbal medicine is pseudoscience. Oh, I'm sure that some of the herbal remedies out there are completely useless, but for others this is not likely true. Many of the medications we take today were first synthesized from herbs that were purport...
by Mokele
Fri Jun 03, 2011 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Blatant racism in class
Replies: 115
Views: 14741

Re: Blatant racism in class

Thing is, why was I noticing this, and why wasn't I conscious of something similar back at home, in Boston? It's not a city that's particularly known for being "post-racial" or anything like that. Was it just my level of comfort at home that kept me from being hyper-aware of this sort of ...
by Mokele
Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Failure of American Schools
Replies: 124
Views: 11301

Re: The Failure of American Schools

Do you believe in the scientific method? You need to be able to replicate results. Spoken like someone who mindlessly works in physical sciences and has never ventured into the world of social science. You are aware that with social science we don't get to control all the variables and are working ...
by Mokele
Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Thermodynamics and the efficiency of heating a house
Replies: 15
Views: 3660

Re: Thermodynamics and the efficiency of heating a house

This is the reason bears don't truly hibernate. Yes, I know, you've heard they do, but that's wrong - they sleep through the winter with only a modest decrease in core body temperature, while in truly hibernating animals like mice, the body drops to near-ambient temperatures. Basically, if you're a ...
by Mokele
Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 124663

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

Yes, actually it is. Can you show me another species which doesn't migrate and can't fly that has any measurable gene flow at all between opposite sides of the planet? This is like saying Mig-25 pilots approach the Moon whenever they exit Earth's atmosphere because no other animal gets as close to ...
by Mokele
Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36487

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

crates wrote:Open mind is a good thing anyways.


"There is such a thing as having a mind so open that your brain falls out." - Richard Dawkins.
by Mokele
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps
Replies: 92
Views: 14043

Re: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps

Raided does not mean "guilty." Closed could be for any number of reasons; it is left for the reader to assume they were closed for the reasons they are complaining about, and that's what disappoints me about the whole thing; I expect this community to see through that crap and no one seem...
by Mokele
Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps
Replies: 92
Views: 14043

Re: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps

marky66 wrote:Google, and the wikipedia link from LaserGuy, seem to return a ton of information about claims and allegations, not what a reasonable person should consider evidence.


Um, did you read anything posted?

Many of these camps were shut down by government authorities after formal investigations.
by Mokele
Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tornado damage
Replies: 37
Views: 5650

Re: Tornado damage

I grew up in Louisiana, where we get all of the big disasters except earthquakes (we probably get those too, but the half-mile deep layer of mud is a wonderful insulator). Essentially, a lot of the strategy can be summed up as "build smarter, not harder". Even in Louisiana, there are high ...
by Mokele
Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How can you be too old for something?
Replies: 54
Views: 8838

Re: How can you be too old for something?

Seriously, have you seen TV lately? It's fucking awful. I watch a good number of television series, but as far as paying for cable? I never have, for all the reasons you've outlined. I can't imagine why people pay to access so much crap in such a limited manner. I agree that sitting in front of a b...
by Mokele
Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How can you be too old for something?
Replies: 54
Views: 8838

Re: How can you be too old for something?

I found it funny that Kurushimi suddenly felt the need to revisit this thread to defend watching sponge bob. I don't even know how children watch that show. Are you kidding? Before I completely cancelled cable, it was often the *only* show in 600+ channels that was remotely watchable at any given t...
by Mokele
Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why we shouldn't ban guns...
Replies: 201
Views: 31084

Re: Why we shouldn't ban guns...

I think everyone here has done a wonderful job in this debate.

I'd like to give you all a hand:
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Note: I find this to be the cutest animal posted yet.
by Mokele
Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How can you be too old for something?
Replies: 54
Views: 8838

Re: How can you be too old for something?

I found it funny that Kurushimi suddenly felt the need to revisit this thread to defend watching sponge bob. I don't even know how children watch that show. Are you kidding? Before I completely cancelled cable, it was often the *only* show in 600+ channels that was remotely watchable at any given t...
by Mokele
Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos
Replies: 135
Views: 13638

Re: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos

"newly developed plant breeds are patentable under the general utility patent laws of the United States" Why shouldn't they be patentable just like any other invention? I'd also note that the quote can apply to hybrids and cultivars produced by "traditional" plant breeding metho...
by Mokele
Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 124663

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

Your point is taken. Yet; The American Indian populations have a great deal of variety. There were the tall, beautiful, war like guys on the east coast. There were the medium to short peaceful guys on the west coast. There was all that variety in between. The variations gained strength as the popul...
by Mokele
Tue May 31, 2011 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 18014

Re: Transhumanism

I was saw/read/heard about somebody theorizing that we could build nanobots the size of red blood cells that would store so much oxygen you could run at full sprint for 18 hours. Without breathing. Now THAT is what transhumanism is about! I assume you mean this or something similar. If so, I would ...

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