• daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 1 day, 16 hours ago

    The surface area thing is for ‘irrigated crop area’. The area of rain-fed crops is a lot bigger.

    But I agree, lawns are useless, but I think the figure included things like football fields (I know, useless also), but you can’t play sports on fields that are dried out and with dead grass.

    They cite a paper on the insects of Puerto Rico,…[Read more]

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 days, 14 hours ago

    There is lots of research on this, on the role of oxytocin on health. I have been following it because it relates to my nitric oxide stuff.
    It isn’t just ‘falling in love’ that improves health, doing anything positive for people makes you more healthy. Doing negative things to people make you unhealthy and will cause PTSD.

    ICE is going…[Read more]

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    The

    Candy is Dandy but liquor is quicker is a line from a 1931 poem by Ogden Nash.

    In the 1960’s, he added the line ‘pot is not’.

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    It is also worth noting that the parents of this young woman, were more distant genetically from each other, than are any two humans alive today.

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Chevron just agreed that humans burning fossil fuels have caused climate change.

    “Theodore Boutrous, a seasoned litigator who’s argued cases before the US Supreme Court, presented on behalf of Chevron. “Chevron accepts the consensus in the scientific communities on climate change,” he said last week. “There’s no debate about climate science.”…[Read more]

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    It doesn’t surprise me that some Greek societies don’t want their letters associated with protests. That would make them a target for violent hate crimes.

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    Exactly!

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    Right, an atheist doesn’t need to be a decent human being, but every atheist I want to associate with, or spend time with, or talk to, or have the slightest interaction with has to be a decent human being at a minimum.

    I have not the slightest bit of desire to associate with people who are not decent human beings, whether they are atheists,…[Read more]

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    The quote I start my blog post on Theory of Mind with is:

    In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone. — John Kenneth Galbraith

    Pretty obvious that if women get death threats for being good at math, it is safer to pretend to suck at math. The easiest way to pretend to suck at math is…[Read more]

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    The picture the link shows is has more detail and is less provocative than other photos have been. With less detail, at first glance, it does look like they are naked about the waist.

    There is a tradition of using chamois leather for the seat of bicycle pants.…[Read more]

    • Yeah, the first time I saw a picture of the uniform I did think it was made to make them look naked on purpose. I guess it depends on how the light hits and where the cycling pad makes a shadow.

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    This isn’t a recent paper, it is from 2008.

    • Any paper published during the time I’ve been working on my Ph.D. is recent as far as I’m concerned. Let me have this, I need to believe it to keep from despair.

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    I had an idea on how to help with all the misogyny, hate and death threats on line, but it will take cooperation from ad providers like Google.

    The idea is that when a site posts a link or a threat or hate speech against a specific person, that the ad provider to that site diverts ad revenues to that person for all views of that hate speech.…[Read more]

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    That gamergate thing is just completely unacceptable. I don’t know how else to characterize it.

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    I meant no transphobia, and apologize if any was perceived. The OP was about “estrogen-vibes” and “essential” characteristics of people (which I appreciate are not genetic). The Sam Harris meme is that the “estrogen-vibe” is genetic and due to elevated estrogen due to more active lady bits.

    A graph that includes threats against every…[Read more]

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    Rebecca, I really would like to see a comparison of rape and death threats received as a function of number of X chromosomes. My guess is that you are the all time leader.

    Among the menz, maybe PZ would be the leader, but he is probably 2 orders of magnitude lower.

    This would be objective data demonstrating that the “equal environment”…[Read more]

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    I am quite sure that artificial sweeteners are bad for you.

    Your body has sugar receptors for good reasons, to detect and regulate the movement and use of sugar in the body. The mouth is not the only place that sugar receptors are active. They are present in the gut and regulate the pancreas to release appropriate digestive enzymes to…[Read more]

    • Not saying that you are wrong, but I would be taking it on a case by case basis.

      Aspartame, for instance, is rapidly and completely hydrolysed once it reaches the small intestine, so it is hard to see how it could have any effect on receptors there, let alone further down in the large intestine.

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    I was recently analyzing the results of a GWAS (genome wide association study) on intelligence, where (like all such studies), they make genes and environment independent and additive. I started thinking about how does that affect things when we know that genes and environments interact?

    The example I started thinking of was that of…[Read more]

    • Good comment, but I wish you hadn’t equated woman=XX and man=XY. Transphobia can be just as unintentional as sexism.

      • I meant no transphobia, and apologize if any was perceived. The OP was about “estrogen-vibes” and “essential” characteristics of people (which I appreciate are not genetic). The Sam Harris meme is that the “estrogen-vibe” is genetic and due to elevated estrogen due to more active lady bits.

        A graph that includes threats against every…[Read more]

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    Everyone is coming down hard on the NFL for “tolerating” domestic violence, but what about every other profession? I am sure there are investment bankers that beat their wives/girlfriends, just like there are politicians, and people from every walk of life. Why do those professions get a pass?

    • Uh, do you have any concrete evidence that “they are getting a pass”?

      You are sure? Of course you’re sure; there are abusive partners in EVERY PROFESSION EVER.

      Maybe this is news to you, but it’s possible to be concerned about a current issue without giving others a pass.

      Your comment just makes no logical sense at all.

    • Because the NFL is in the specific business of using the violence of these players to their advantage, and they have a history of looking the other way when it comes to domestic abuse. The fact that the owners saw that tape and did anything besides immediately dismiss Rice speaks volumes to their self serving nature, after all that “fire” is what…[Read more]

      • Remember the Sandusky cover up? Yep. Sports and the military are known to cover this shit up. Oh, and the Catholic church. And the police force. None of these organizations have ever gotten a pass.

        And Skepchick CONSTANTLY talks about sexism and violence against women outside of sports. So I don’t know what the fuck daedalus2u is on about.

        • Yep. A combination of Dear Muslima and Zoe Quinn. First, it’s just as bad or worse other places. Second, how dare you single out my favorite beer-drinking dude-bro fetish!

          How come some hypothetical dude who works some hypothetical somewhere wasn’t on national TV when he beat his wife, but an overpaid superstar from a multi-billion dollar…[Read more]

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    When humans evolved, the difficult part of reproduction was not getting pregnant, it was having a child not die before age 5 due to infection.

    Over evolutionary time, the average woman had 2 children survive and reproduce. We know that because if the average was slightly higher (2.1 for example), over a few hundred generations the population…[Read more]

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    I would think that being the objective scientist that he is, that Dawkins would have to actually experience the various forms of rape before being able to characterize their severity. Commenting on something that one knows nothing about is usually not thought of as “science”.

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