• daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 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 3 years, 8 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 3 years, 10 months ago

    Exactly!

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 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 3 years, 11 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 3 years, 11 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 3 years, 11 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 3 years, 11 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 3 years, 11 months ago

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

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 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 3 years, 11 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 3 years, 11 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 3 years, 11 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 3 years, 11 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 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 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”.

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    I am surprised that Ken Ham is against a space program. If God is going to fulfill His Promise to Abraham, the human race needs to expand a whole lot more than can happen on Earth.

    God Promised to Abraham, that his descendants would number as the stars in the sky and the grains of sand on the sea shore. Both of these are very large numbers,…[Read more]

    • Daedalus2u,

      And off course if we convince ourselves as Ken Ham has done that all aliens are destined for Hell no matter what, since they’re not human, we could easily justify just about any atrocity we would want to commit against them. I mean humans are God’s chosen species, we are the master race. It doesn’t matter how much like us they…[Read more]

      • Sorry let me fix that last paragraph. Should have done a better job editing it.

        “Seriously if we look at human history and you assume the aliens are going to be technologically inferior to us, you can see how his thinking could be used to justify everything from slavery to genocide. Hopefully any intelligent aliens we come across that have…[Read more]

    • But Ken Ham is wrong according to his own religion. Man is destined to hell because of original sin, without it the whole Jesus thing is sort of moot. So does he think aliens are actually from Earth and are descendants of Adam and were somehow relocated, or does he believe they have their own Adam and serpent and Satan etc.? And if that were the…[Read more]

      • Mrmisconception,

        If you read what he says, Ham believes that if aliens exist they’re destined to go to hell, because they’re not related to us and that Adam’s sin effected the whole universe somehow. Basically they’re sinful because of our sin, and Jesus wouldn’t save them because they’re not human. That’s how he thinks. He believes in a…[Read more]

        • He also believes in a big pile of horse droppings. His Bible says that original sin is visited on the descendants of Adam and Eve, if the aliens are not related to us then they are not effected by our sin cooties, Ham is a dipshit. QED

          • Mrmisconception,

            People like him also believe that all the carnivores, including the mighty T-Rex were originally vegetarians and only started eating meat after the fall. Never mind things like sharp teeth and claws that are literally built to rip other animals to shreds and stomachs that are made for digesting flesh instead of plant fibers.…[Read more]

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 1 month ago

    It isn’t an “image problem”. It is a real problem. That the “image” is catching up with the reality because people are pointing it out to those who are clueless about it is a good thing. I was once clueless too, so please everyone, keep pointing these things out.

  • daedalus2u posted a new activity comment 4 years, 1 month ago

    This reminds me of an “informed consent” issue that was blogged about over at SBM. (from memory, so details might be off) It seems some hospital decided that they would see if implementing checklists of procedures would reduce the error rate over “standard of care” without checklists, sort of like how airplane pilots have checklists to reduce…[Read more]

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