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by Mokele
Tue May 31, 2011 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36453

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

There are certain situations, though, when vitamin supplements are the best option, right? Would it be a bad idea to take vitamin D pills in the winter under the reasoning that there's less sunlight then for your body to generate it naturally? It depends. Milk is now supplemented with vitamin D, so...
by Mokele
Tue May 31, 2011 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Failure of American Schools
Replies: 124
Views: 11269

Re: The Failure of American Schools

As a veteran teacher in a Public High School, I thought I would chime in. 1) The number one problem in education is economic. If you look at data, you will consistantly find that the Eco Dis (economically disadvantaged) students are the ones struggling. What I find is that kids from Eco Dis househo...
by Mokele
Tue May 31, 2011 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do bug bites go away faster when you are older?
Replies: 11
Views: 4031

Re: Why do bug bites go away faster when you are older?

Here's another for bug bites not having as much of an affect when you stay in the same place. It's often found at summer camps - the counselors hardly ever wear bug spray and seem to have minimal bug bites, but the kids always get bit because they're only there for a week. This is either because th...
by Mokele
Tue May 31, 2011 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 124489

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

I think that you might be wrong. Australia's Aborigines may be the prize winners for isolated population. Actually, those on the northern part of Australia have/had a rather bustling trade with the folks in Papua / New Guinea, which is really only a short distance away (and was connected by a broad...
by Mokele
Tue May 31, 2011 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 124489

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

Yes, speciation is the word you want, and people have a hard time thinking of it for our own species, because it touches in so many raw nerves, such as racism. Human races were going in the way of speciation. Africans split from the rest of humans some 100 thousand years ago, while Asians split fro...
by Mokele
Mon May 30, 2011 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 17995

Re: Transhumanism

I'll raise one argument to the cure of aging: the risk of overpopulation. Granted, we will probably have figured out ways to inhabit the Moon, or construct space cylinders or what have you, but still, the Earth can't be sustained on its limited resources. The population will continue growing unless...
by Mokele
Mon May 30, 2011 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do bug bites go away faster when you are older?
Replies: 11
Views: 4031

Re: Why do bug bites go away faster when you are older?

My best guess is that the first bites cause the immune system to say "HOLY SHIT FOREIGN PROTEINS KILL KILL KILL - EAT HOT MACROPHAGE DEATH EVERYTHING IN THE VICINITY!!!!", but after a few dozen, the reaction has been scaled back to "Oh, that crap again. Send out some antibodies and ha...
by Mokele
Mon May 30, 2011 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: **Does anything interesting correlate with heart-rate?**
Replies: 18
Views: 3149

Re: **Does anything interesting correlate with heart-rate?**

Nat wrote:It might not even be coincidental, birth month affects chance of clinical depression, so why not heartrate.


Citation needed.
by Mokele
Sun May 29, 2011 1:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why we shouldn't ban guns...
Replies: 201
Views: 31046

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

Bah, you people need to look at this from a cold, emotionless, reptilian point of view.

Like this:
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by Mokele
Wed May 25, 2011 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Gifted Education
Replies: 157
Views: 36040

Re: Gifted Education

So is your objection to "tracking" mostly based on low mobility after initial placement? What about non-tracked systems that still have different levels, such as my second HS? There was no gifted vs non-gifted, just a regular, honors, and sometimes AP version of a given class. IIRC, there ...
by Mokele
Wed May 25, 2011 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The dying deserve to die.
Replies: 30
Views: 4657

Re: The dying deserve to die.

The essential problem for things like newspapers and music isn't just moving into new technology, it's how to make that technology *pay*. IMHO, part of the problem with newspapers, at least, is sheer numbers. A given printed paper can only reach a certain number of subscribers, so there are literall...
by Mokele
Wed May 25, 2011 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pro-Abstinence charity to advise on Sexual Health
Replies: 56
Views: 4490

Re: Pro-Abstinence charity to advise on Sexual Health

In related news, the UK announced that the Advisory Panel of Public Safety & Crime would be chaired by John Wayne Gacy, Jeffery Dahmer, and Ted Bundy.
by Mokele
Tue May 24, 2011 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Gifted Education
Replies: 157
Views: 36040

Re: Gifted Education

It's all well and good to say "Go read this", but some of us have actual important things to do in RL. Try actually conveying information rather than throwing up a list of sources. Your sense of entitlement is incredibly destructive to the goals of a school, and your perception greatly har...
by Mokele
Tue May 24, 2011 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Life Imitates Art: The Machine of Death
Replies: 44
Views: 2908

Re: Life Imitates Art: The Machine of Death

Seriously, ectothermy is the most useful and awesome trait we've ever lost, even more than tails and an opposable big toe. All those free radicals accumulate much less rapidly simply because they have very, very few holes in their mitochondria (aka they don't piss away 90%+ of their energy for heat...
by Mokele
Tue May 24, 2011 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Gifted Education
Replies: 157
Views: 36040

Re: Gifted Education

If you were/are in a gifted program of some sort, what did you do? What worked? What didn't? It was pretty much just a parallel school system for kids with IQs over a given threshold (Icant remember what number), consisting of separate classes run at a faster pace, covering material more in-depth, ...
by Mokele
Tue May 24, 2011 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Life Imitates Art: The Machine of Death
Replies: 44
Views: 2908

Re: Life Imitates Art: The Machine of Death

It's also worth pointing out that telomere activity isn't consistent among all life; avian telomeres lengthen as they age, instead of shorten. Mokele, I think the trade off is metabolism; do you offhand know roughly how many heartbeats in a lifetime a century old crocodile will have compared to a h...
by Mokele
Tue May 24, 2011 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 17995

Re: Transhumanism

IMHO, transhumanism has 3 main problems: First, it treats predictions as prophecy, assuming that just because they could happen, they *will* happen. Second, it assumes that any and every roadblock can be overcome, that "anything is possible." While I don't doubt that many amazing thing wil...
by Mokele
Tue May 24, 2011 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Life Imitates Art: The Machine of Death
Replies: 44
Views: 2908

Re: Life Imitates Art: The Machine of Death

Wait, so Michio Kaku was wrong? I know he's a futurist and theoretical physicist, and not a biologist, but I thought he was trustworthy. He's talked on this subject before on 'immortality'. So stopping telomere decay won't help at all? Why can turtles live forever? Or can they? I've heard it both w...
by Mokele
Tue May 24, 2011 3:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.
Replies: 59
Views: 7728

Re: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.

I'm not a biologist and I know that Mokele is. My problem is not with criticisms of the scientific quality of the field. Rather, my problem is with people like Jahoclave who directly say that explaining a psychological phenomenon in biological terms rooted in evolution means someone is racist/sexis...
by Mokele
Mon May 23, 2011 2:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.
Replies: 59
Views: 7728

Re: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.

Maybe the suggested title was meant to be sarcastic, but it still seemed to be of the mindset that I dislike the conclusion therefore the methods involved were wrong. I have to agree with jareds, most of the criticisms of evolutionary psychology I've seen have been of this form. Most of the ones I'...
by Mokele
Sun May 22, 2011 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.
Replies: 59
Views: 7728

Re: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.

The guy is a nutcase with no understanding of proper experimentation. If he was an economist/sociologist/whatever, would you conclude that "economics/sociology/whatever is junk"? While you can't judge the whole by one, I think it *is* perfectly valid to ask what the hiring / tenure of suc...
by Mokele
Sun May 22, 2011 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Standing for the flag + clubs
Replies: 46
Views: 6898

Re: Standing for the flag + clubs

When I was in HS, I hated all that crap too, yet just two years later I had no reservations about taking the oath to become a US citizen. Why? It's all about frequency. US high schools are nothing short of propaganda mills when it comes to US nationalism - You do the pledge every single day, the nat...
by Mokele
Sun May 22, 2011 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old
Replies: 71
Views: 6561

Re: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old

buddy431 wrote: The trouble is, He tweets it on the Secret Service's official twitter account.


Why does the Secret Service have a twitter account? Isn't that like having a blog on scientific ethics written by Dr. Frankenstein?
by Mokele
Sun May 22, 2011 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entanglement - credible?
Replies: 61
Views: 7839

Re: Brain entanglement - credible?

There also exist unusual systems in which the increased interaction rate at higher temperatures actually aids in maintaining coherence. Do you have any examples of this strange phenomenon that applies to neurons, or biological systems at large? No, I don't. As far as I know, no experiments have bee...
by Mokele
Sat May 21, 2011 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Majority of Americans support same-sex marriage
Replies: 10
Views: 2574

Re: Majority of Americans support same-sex marriage

The original poll The trend is pretty much linear, but this year was the largest annual change. It'll be interesting to see whether this is just a blip and it stays linear, or whether the trend begins to curve more rapidly as social pressures for equality become stronger. The data also shows a stro...
by Mokele
Sat May 21, 2011 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Majority of Americans support same-sex marriage
Replies: 10
Views: 2574

Re: Majority of Americans support same-sex marriage

IIRC, there's been a general trend of increase support for decades. IMHO, it's probably driven by both demographic shifting (old homophobes die out, more tolerant kids reach voting age) and changing individual opinions.
by Mokele
Fri May 20, 2011 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 54215

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape

Okay, fine. So at least 1 in 20 men is a rapist. How does that help your case at all? (And yes: most men who rape probably rape multiple women, because the reason they rape in the first place is a sense that they are entitled to sex from women.) I'm saying the reports are flawed. Most likely the &q...
by Mokele
Fri May 20, 2011 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 54215

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape

And then reading through this thread fired up my indignation again. I'm a man and I am not a rapist, I will never be a rapist, under any circumstances, ever. Sentences like that which imply that I ever could be a rapist, purely by dint of my being male, I find incredibly offensive. Wah wah wah. Wha...
by Mokele
Fri May 20, 2011 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CDC offers guidelines for Zombie Apocalypse
Replies: 38
Views: 5645

Re: CDC offers guidelines for Zombie Apocalypse

Problem with muzzle-loaders is the reload rate. If you're looking at a proper Zombie Apocalypse then you'll need something relatively rapid fire to deal with the hordes of reanimated corpses, at a minimum you're looking at Semi-Auto actions. I'd say a good .45, or .44 magnum minimum for a sidearm. ...
by Mokele
Thu May 19, 2011 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 54215

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape

Bloody awful!
by Mokele
Thu May 19, 2011 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Feasibility of photosynthesis in mammals/(trans/post/humans)
Replies: 28
Views: 12173

Re: Feasibility of photosynthesis in mammals/(trans/post/hum

Could it also be used to augment breathing? (converting some of the carbon dioxide we would breathe out into oxygen) Not substantially - the human metabolic demand for oxygen is just way too high. It's the same reason you can't have a mammal with gills - even if countercurrent exchangers could prev...
by Mokele
Thu May 19, 2011 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Debt Ceiling reached
Replies: 61
Views: 5006

Re: US Debt Ceiling reached

3 interesting charts on the causes of recent deficits: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/the-past-present-and-future-of-the-deficit/2011/05/19/AF2GsB7G_blog.html So basically, 34% of the current deficit can be summed up as "Bush's fault". Another 64% is direct or indirec...
by Mokele
Thu May 19, 2011 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CDC offers guidelines for Zombie Apocalypse
Replies: 38
Views: 5645

Re: CDC offers guidelines for Zombie Apocalypse

If zombies can, in fact, rot, I'm very optimistic - the population of various flesh-flies and various other high-volume decomposers will absolutely explode, and these can reduce a human-sized body to a skeleton inside of 2 weeks at even normal population densities.
by Mokele
Thu May 19, 2011 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Was there a point that you started giving up on books?
Replies: 15
Views: 2598

Re: Was there a point that you started giving up on books?

Well, take this with a grain of salt since I haven't read a non-fiction book in 3 years, and probably read less than 10 in the past 7 years (grad school doesn't leave much time for reading anything other than the technical literature in your field). Rather than any hand-and-fast rule, I simply rely ...
by Mokele
Wed May 18, 2011 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Real Life "Left Biased?"
Replies: 56
Views: 6301

Re: Is Real Life "Left Biased?"

Rate: While there are idiots on both sides, such stupid ideas are considerably more widespread in the US right-wing. For example, a Gallup poll shows that 54% of republicans are young-earth creationists. Sure, there are some pretty unimpressive numbers for independents and democrats, given the sad ...
by Mokele
Wed May 18, 2011 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Debt Ceiling reached
Replies: 61
Views: 5006

Re: US Debt Ceiling reached

2. Why are all the fingers here pointed at Bush? I mean, sure, he wasn't exactly Thrifty McSpend-Nothing, but what took him his entire presidency to spend, Obama has spent almost as much in 1/4th the time . Now, obviously this isn't a cut-and-dry "This President spent this!" "This Pr...
by Mokele
Wed May 18, 2011 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Real Life "Left Biased?"
Replies: 56
Views: 6301

Re: Is Real Life "Left Biased?"

However, I would argue that the Right, in this country, is characterized by the remarkably high frequency with which its adherents accept factually incorrect answers to the second group of questions. This is not inherent to the nature of right-wing thought in general -- one can certainly hold right...
by Mokele
Tue May 17, 2011 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Debt Ceiling reached
Replies: 61
Views: 5006

Re: US Debt Ceiling reached

Cutting spending > Raising taxes > Neither Both would be best, but cutting spending would be a more assured thing. Raising taxes only works to a point, and isn't the most efficient way to do things. We should be cutting far more in spending than in raising taxes. It's a much more concrete way to ge...
by Mokele
Tue May 17, 2011 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entanglement - credible?
Replies: 61
Views: 7839

Re: Brain entanglement - credible?

Still waiting for actual evidence at the whole cell level.

Present such evidence or admit that your arguement is speculation at best.

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