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

    I feel compelled to say that one of the things that I absolutely adore about the Skepchick network is the coverage of intersection between non-neurotypical presentation and sex/gender identity. Even as a cis-, male, non-autistic-spectrum person, this is incredibly dear to me as a bisexual, otherwise-neuro-atypical, really-believes-in-justice…[Read more]

    • Thank you so much! Intersectionality and representing diverse viewpoints is really important to us and it’s always wonderful to hear from readers who appreciate it.

      And though I’m not on the spectrum, the author’s experience of having her own self-identity ignored and ridiculed by others really resonated with me.

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

    I’m somewhat puzzled by the sweetener story, though I haven’t seen the full Nature article yet. Their findings mostly only involve saccharin, so I’m not sure how the draw conclusions about sweeteners in general.

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

    “Weirdly, Ted Olson, the lawyer who successfully argued Citizens United, isn’t so sure about the majority opinion in this case.”
    I’m actually not too surprised. Ted Olson has invested a lot of time in the Republican political machine, but he’s not entirely socially conservative. I suspect that he is much more comfortable with companies’ “right” t…[Read more]

    • I guess I was surprised because I don’t see a difference between them, fundamentally. Both deal with rights exclusively reserved for natural persons…up until they weren’t anymore. Hobby Lobby seems intellectually consistent with Citizens United, so I assumed that Olson would have been on board. But you’re right; when it comes to this type of…[Read more]

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

    Wow, I called it the “Awk” article, twice. What a bird-brained thing to do.

    • I am giggling at my desk.

    • I totally agree with you. The data is certainly not perfect. However, because all they had to work with was household data, I think the way the researchers decided on what constituted a young household was a good method with the imperfect data they were using.

      Certainly if there is a big jump in differences in the last 5 years, it would…[Read more]

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

    I agree with most of your points about the Awk article, but I have one nit to pick. When you talk about average age of adults in a household, you’ve really only pointed out that some households are barely included. A 24 year old living with parents in their 50s would still be excluded, and it’s reasonable to ask if this produces a systematic bias…[Read more]

    • Wow, I called it the “Awk” article, twice. What a bird-brained thing to do.

      • I am giggling at my desk.

      • I totally agree with you. The data is certainly not perfect. However, because all they had to work with was household data, I think the way the researchers decided on what constituted a young household was a good method with the imperfect data they were using.

        Certainly if there is a big jump in differences in the last 5 years, it would…[Read more]