• biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    There are many problems with the way GMOs are being used but they stem from over-reliance on corporations and deregulation of those corporations, in other words symptoms of capitalism, not from the organisms themselves.

    I was going to say this but you said it better than I could. Cheers.

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    It’s a fair point, but I’ll note that “social theory” in the evolutionary sense and “social theory” in the sense of human societies are very different things. The evolution of social systems can occur by mechanisms that we would judge morally repugnant by human standards (deception, exploitation, theft, killing, etc.). The “values” of evolution…[Read more]

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    Robert Trivers has done brilliant work in evolutionary theory, and his ideas have been very influential in shaping my thinking about natural selection and social theory (to borrow the title of one of his books). How disappointing to learn that he’s a moral weakling, willing to apply his considerable intellect not to the rational search for truth…[Read more]

    • “and social theory ”

      And now his social theory work has been tainted. He is no longer credible. Because he is a pedophile apologist and defender. He doesn’t know shit about social theory, obviously.

      • It’s a fair point, but I’ll note that “social theory” in the evolutionary sense and “social theory” in the sense of human societies are very different things. The evolution of social systems can occur by mechanisms that we would judge morally repugnant by human standards (deception, exploitation, theft, killing, etc.). The “values” of evolution…[Read more]

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    The last acceptable prejudice is against people who have radishes instead of eyebrows. I’ve never heard anyone stand up for their right to be treated equally.

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    I’ve recently been going through back episodes of the Rationally Speaking podcast on my way to and from work. The other day I listened to an episode interviewing Dr. Victoria Pitts-Taylor, a sociologist who has spent much of her career studying the notion of bodies, and particularly female bodies, from the perspective of sociology and the…[Read more]

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    I’m not sure what the legal protections for free speech are in France, but even in the U.S., which in general has stronger legal protections for free speech than most of Europe, the right to free speech isn’t absolute, and a lot could hinge on the context. Direct threats of or incitements to violence, for example, are not necessarily protected…[Read more]

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    But dhasenan did thirty seconds of research! Did you do the thirty seconds of research it takes to fully understand an issue as complex as a satirical left-wing publication’s views and history on racial politics? I think if you want to seriously engage in this discussion you have to do at least thirty seconds of research. Preferably no more than…[Read more]

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    I assumed that was a simplified narrative for rhetorical and comedic effect. I’m pretty sure I remember reading feminist writings by Rebecca and hearing her express feminist viewpoints on the SGU before “elevatorgate.”

    • Also (apologies for putting words in Rebecca’s mouth here) if I recall correctly she got pushed towards outright feminism in a big way after getting smashed with bs following the founding of Skepchick and ‘whorish’ activities like making the calender. So the story is basically the same but it’s easier just to refer to the elevator apocalypse.

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    Well put. The moment a candidate is barred from taking office, or from the ballot, because of one of these laws, we should raise hell and support a legal challenge, which would definitely be successful. Until then, these laws are exactly as meaningful as the ones you read about in lists of “crazy laws,” like “it’s illegal to walk your dog in…[Read more]

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    I think I know which book you’re talking about, from the Homecoming series, right? (If not, then he’s done it at least twice.) I was totally baffled when I found out how anti-gay Card is because I remembered his gay characters being written so sympathetically. It was only when I reread his books that I realized how strong the theme of “It’s…[Read more]

    • Homecoming had the gay character who got married and had children.
      I think it was “Songmaster” and “Songbird” with the beautiful boy that sang so wonderfully that grown men broke down in tears and just couldn’t stop hugging him and holding him in a totally non-gay way (of course). Songbird also had a gay character who was very defensive about…[Read more]

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    “The patriarchy hurts men as well.” Yes! And, it is supported by women as well. When I was a kid, I (male) got more gender policing from my female classmates than from my male classmates. And I’m not even gay, trans, queer, or any other non-cishet label; just being nerdy, bookish, and uninterested in performative masculinity was enough to be…[Read more]

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    “Is it the use of two y-axes whose values can be adjusted to make the data fit as closely as you like?” Just elaborating on this point a bit, both overlaid graphs show approximately exponential growth. Lots of things show approximately exponential growth. E.g., Moore’s Law describes the change in processing power of computer chips as…[Read more]

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    In 1985, I think the most sophisticated technology I was expecting was a Speak & Spell.

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    The “Against Domesticity” article is a bit weird to me. The teaser quote and the story about the author’s mom make it sound like she is setting up an argument against domesticity which will be about male exploitation of female labor in domestic relationships. But then the rest of the article is about her personal preference against “boring…[Read more]

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    The point that there are deeper social problems underlying police violence, particularly racialized police violence, is well taken. In fact, I think the metaphor of a “centuries-old wound” understates the case, if anything; I’d say it’s more akin to an active, malignant cancer.

    But I think characterizing police body cameras as a “band-aid fix”…[Read more]

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    I’ve been paying attention to the fruit bat “compass system” research for a few years. The researchers are doing really beautiful work. One thing that the article didn’t mention is that the “map system,” the grid cells and place cells mentioned as complementary to the head-orientation cells that the researchers are studying, was the work that…[Read more]

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    I have heard a version of this idea in which American colonists on the Great Plains were explicitly encouraged to overhunt bison in order to deprive the Plains Indians of their major food resource. I don’t know if it’s true; one thing that makes me doubt it is that the dominant belief in 19th century America seems to have been that natural…[Read more]

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Thanks for the link; Miri’s point is really good. Sexism is not good grounds to deny a visa into a country in which people are free to hold any beliefs, however repugnant. Advocating and practicing violent sexual predatory behaviors is. The NY TImes reporting it as though it were about sexism ends up providing fodder for PUAs/MRAs nursing a…[Read more]

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Starting a comment with “Um…” in this manner comes across as super condescending.

    Your statement about the history of the Lakota may be true (I will assume it is; I am not particularly knowledgeable about this area of history), but it is an utter non sequitur, as well as poisoning the well, and perhaps a bit of a straw man. No one made any…[Read more]

    • Well, the other John provides us with Holocaust denialism. We have groups like CERA, CERF, ELF, ALF, Sea Shepherd, Wise Use, and a bunch of militias to play the role of Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad. And now we have Stephen Harper saying how we’re all dishonest thieves.

      Jon (Elder of Mato Tipila)

  • biogeo posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Not quite so much attention as for landing a spaceship on a comet, and understandably so, but I just defended my dissertation yesterday, and I wore my Surly-Ramics tie clip with a multipolar cell design. So that’s an option too.

    I can plug Surly-Ramics here, right?

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